What if Harry Potter took place at Howard University? The hashtag #IfHogwartsWasAnHBCU was one of the top trending topics yesterday, with Twitter users reimagining the magical school as a historically black college/university, blending black culture with the magic of the wizarding world found in the Harry Potter series. The results were hilarious, but more than that, they struck a chord with black nerds everywhere.
#IfHogwartsWasAnHBCU brings to light what's missing in mainstream popular fiction: the black experience. Nerdy black kids know all too well the struggle of reading our favorite fantasy novels and trying not to feel some type of way because the few characters who look like us exist only in the background - and that's if they exist at all.
Here are some highlights from the #IfHogwartsWasAnHBCU hashtag!
Sure, there were fun tweets, where people speculated about things like cast changes.
There was talk of all the ways Hogwarts would be different.
Things also got kinda real, too, with heavy political and violent imagery.
#IfHogwartsWasAnHBCU proves that I'm not the only one waiting for my black Hogwarts!