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AU in which the girls are motor cross champions and Piper kisses all the girls.
I’m not saying that Annabeth also likes girls but
So I made this thing and I’m pretty proud of it, haha.
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Its bi pride day so hey shoutout to fellow bi identifying friends and persons know that your struggles are important and real and that I’m v proud of you for facing them in a world that often denies you from both the security of straightness and the support of other lgbtq people know that you aren’t “just half” of anything you deserve full visibility have a heckin rad day
"But no one watches shows featuring mainly POC!"
There are several different illustrations of him and not one of them has been heralded as the canon illustration. His appearance has never been described in any of the Harry Potter novels, not even on a Chocolate Frog card.
Newt Scamander is a clean slate. They could cast anyone for him. They don’t have to cast a white person. It’s not racebending if they cast a POC. It’s not whitewashing if they don’t, but this is JK Rowling’s chance to create a POC character who is substantially fleshed out. Because honestly? Her efforts in the Harry Potter series fell flat.
And let’s face it, the most “magical” time in 1920s New York is the Harlem Renaissance. Sure, we have the flappers and the Prohibition and the Jazz Age, but let’s not forget how the black Americans took back Harlem and launched a cultural movement that made that neighbourhood the “Black Mecca”. Who isn’t convinced that Langston Hughes and co. weren’t all wizards?Okay, yes, I like this post in theory, but not in practice, and let me tell you why.
Firstly, Newt is British. So I don’t see how he’s in any way connected to the Harlem Renaissance and I resent the fact that this is becoming an Americanized issue. Britain didn’t have prohibition. Britain didn’t have the Harlem Renaissance. Yeah, Britain had some flappers and people liked jazz, but don’t start your argument by slapping American culture onto a British institution.
The fact that Newt worked for the (British) Ministry of Magic at the turn of the 20th Century makes it unlikely that he was a POC. I’m not advocating for whitewashing, but this seems pretty obvious to me. The early 20th Century setting sets certain prerequisites. These prerequisites include sexism and racism and a small minority of POC in Europe. Yeah, you could say the magical world cared less about racism, but even so it would just be UNLIKELY to have non-white people running around and becoming successful in a country of white people.
Just for the record, if he was a POC it would make most sense if he was Indian, based on the British setting. I would be EXTREMELY surprised if an important turn of the century British person ended up being black. Not because I’m racist. But because I have a grasp of history and historical racism. And I do actually form a distinction between American history and British history (where POC were a smaller minority than they were in America).
That’s my opinion on this. I always approve of diversity, but I would definitely be shocked by this, and not in a -slow clap- sort of way. In a, “How will they pull it off?!?!?” way.
There’s a time and a place for diversity, fair representation and all that. And there’s a time for historical plausibility.The time for “historical plausibility” is probably not when the movie is about a wizard who finds “fantastic beasts.”
That doesn’t change the fact that a very tiny percentage of British citizens were POC in the early 20th century. In a wizard society that emphasizes secrecy, he would have stood out.
This is so weird, because it’s not like a PoC Newt Scamander movie would focus on every single wizard in the entire UK (or the entire United States, as the film is set in New York.) Movies tend to focus on one main character and the determination for the main character’s identity is not based on demographics or a random drawing of names from the census rolls.
Saying “statistically there was only a small number of PoC in Britain in the 20th Century so it’s implausible for the main character to be a PoC” is like saying “statistically only one person survived an attack from Voldemort so it’s implausible that the main character of the books would be that kid.” ”Statistically, Darth Vader only had two kids.” “Statistically, only two people have been bitten by an OzCorp spider.”
"Statistically, most professional baseball players in the 1950s were white, so it is implausible that this film would be about Jackie Robinson."
Just because early 20th century Britain or New York was racially exclusionary as a society doesn’t mean the story or this film has to be. Having a black Hogwarts graduate immigrate to New York during the eve of the Harlem Renaissance is just an interesting plot bunny experiment.