Someone started #BlackHogwarts on Twitter and JK Rowling got involved
The only way you haven't seen the latest viral sensation to sweep Twitter is that you've been locked up in Azkaban or Scabbers has gone and run off with your phone. The hashtag #BlackHogwarts was introduced yesterday and yep, you guessed it, it's all about people reimagining Harry Potter and everything that happens in the book/movie series if everyone was black.
It's a great way to celebrate the culture by reimagining it in the Harry Potter series, which has been criticised in the past for its lack of black people.
People are getting seriously into it, judging by the number of Tweets using the hashtag, and quite frankly – it's the best.
People are imagining what life at Black Hogwarts would be like:
From Quidditch matches:
And even the decor:
We're being introduced to some amazing substitutes to the professors:
From durags to Timberland boots, people are even reimagining the clothing styles:
And – come on – was there ever a person more fitting?:
They've even thought about the Triwizard Tournament:
And that scene:
But I digress, I was supposed to be writing about what JK Rowling – literary inspiration and mastermind behind Hogwarts and its universe – thought of all this before I got distracted.
One Twitter user tagged the author in a tweet and asked: "@jk_rowling please tell me you are seeing the #BlackHogwarts tweets".
To which Rowling replied, saying: "Seeing them and loving them. #BlackHogwarts".
So are we, so are we.
It's even got people thinking about a remake of the films, and they're starting to brainstorm who would be most fitting to play the black counterparts of the characters. Professor Sprout would played by Snoop Dogg for obvious reasons, but the role of Dumbledore would be perfectly portrayed by either Samuel L Jackson and Morgan Freeman. People are saying Harry should be played by Caleb McLaughlin, Yara Shahidi as Hermione (YASSS) and Jaden Smith playing Ron.
Judging by the wild response and everyone loving the #BlackHogwarts tweets, it seems like a film remake would be just as enthusiastically received. Even though the last Harry Potter film came out 7 years ago, everyone's still keen to keep the spirit alive, and #BlackHogwarts has helped do just that in its own, phenomenal way. Accio dusty old book collection at my parents' house, because I have had a sudden urge to reread the entire series.