Samira Thomas

Storryteller and Curriculum Expert

Hermoine Gets a Makeover

In the films, Hermione was played by Emma Watson, a white woman, but Dumezweni's casting continues a tradition of imagining the character as a woman of color — her race isn't specified in the novels and her status as "Mudblood" in the wizarding world puts her in a similar position to many marginalized people in white institutions today.