okay so, super valid points! i know i can’t argue with you on a lot of it, because you have a solid background in the subject. i agree that if it were truly a part of canon, it should have been explored further. it’s unfortunate that we’re expected to assume Harry’s white (which i’m guilty of from the start), but i suppose an exception would be kind of a stretch… sidenote: pretty sure that red hair is possible in other races? but i digress.
out of respect, i can tag those posts as racebends from now on. really sorry that i made you uncomfortable!
For me, something I think is important to note is that in addition to the many fine points above, the Potter family is also descended from the Peverells, who were most likely (with a name like that) Norman, or possibly Saxons, or even possibly Celtic British (depending on when in history the Tale of the Three Brothers happened). Heck, they could even be of Roman descent. The point is, in that historical context it would be extremely unlikely that Harry’s paternal ethnicity is anything other than caucasian (though with a lot of possible sub-ethnicities, if that’s a thing). That’s just statistics right there.
At the end of the day, the important thing to remember is that the story is (or ought to be) universal, and it shouldn’t matter what color skin any of the characters have, because we can relate to what they experience and feel.
That’s my 2 sickles on it, anyway.
true! it’s definitely important to consider all of this in the context of the fictional world Jo set up for us.
This is true, but the original commentor seems to disregard mixed race relationships. Harry most definitely gets his last name from a Caucasian source, but there’s nothing to say that James isn’t biracial or that James’ father is biracial or anything like that.
It definitely happens, and there’s no indication in the Potter books that there’s a lot (or any) racisim in the Wizarding World. The main issue seems to be magical bloodlines rather than race or even gender and sex. They even have interspecies relationships (Veela, goblin, etc).
I know that I have a different experience because I live and grew up in Hawaii where mixed-raced relationships are more common than single-race relationships, but my point is that it’s possible. I went to school with a kid who was a quarter Samoan, a quarter German and half Pakistani and his name was Keoki, which is Hawaiian.
I don’t think it’s likely that Harry is supposed to be anything but Caucasian, but I don’t think there’s a problem with thinking about him as other races. We just don’t have enough information about the Wizarding World to say that it’s not possible or that it’s not likely.
I understand where the race isn’t identified means the character could be any color in HP.
That being said, I always feel uncomfortable if an adaptation changes the race or color. Either way. I just like my characters to look how the author presents them. Even if it’s just something like hair or eye color when there is CGI now. And if it’s a problem of needing more or different races to make it more diverse then there are other works and I hope to see more diverse races come out as cannon characters. But that’s my two cents.
I think I’d have a bigger issue with it if they’d done it in an official adaption (movies or the like) as there’s absolutely no indication that any of them are anything but Caucasian. However, I don’t see an issue with fanworks, especially if they’re meant to explore other possibilities (similar to AU pieces).