A new form of fan art known as "racebending" has been getting a lot of attention recently in the Harry Potter fan community. Artists and fans alike take these beloved characters and depict them as black, Hispanic, and other non-white ethnicities. Those of us who have seen the Harry Potter films picture Hermione Granger as fair-skinned as portrayed by actress Emma Watson. But thanks to this online movement, we can all re-imagine the characters and see them in a different light.
I think re-imagining these characters into someone that looks like ourselves can not only help us readers enjoy the book more but also relate to them and their experiences better. Wouldn't it be cool to see a Filipino version of the Harry Potter characters? Go ahead and share your own racebent version in the comments below.