Does this mean… you like the casting?
First of all, I cast Amandla because she’s an awesome young actor, she’s the right age, and she has the main book descriptor that Hermione does: curly brown hair.
And now to the race thing.
You’re not going to like this, but I can’t say I made Hermione black “by chance.”
I do not, however, see how that’s a racist choice. I definitely wasn’t trying to fill some sort of “quota.” In fact, I didn’t realize there even was a quota. Unless that quota’s zero. Because let’s be honest, how many big movies/movie franchises are there with POC as leads? I think tv series are getting a *little* better, but movies? Not so much.
So yes, I was completely conscious of the fact that I chose a young black woman as my fancast for Hermione. Considering how blindingly white Hollywood is, I don’t see how I could have NOT been conscious of that fact. POC are underrepresented in the media, and I think we NEED to be conscious of that.
tldr; “Color blindness” sounds nice, doesn’t it, except when it means blinding ourselves to actual disparities. Seriously.
Looks like we both got messaged by the same anon, so I’m just going to reblog this in lieu of writing out my own response. I agree with everything you’re saying here; very well-put.
Additionally, someone on Reddit pointed out that Hermione’s race is never actually specified in canon, and I’m pretty sure that holds true for Methods of Rationality too. She’s got bushy brown hair and dark eyes, and guess what? So does Amandla.
So, anon, please calm down, watch The Danger of a Single Story, and stop sending cranky letters about people’s awesome fancasts.
I just looked up people’s typings for him, and holy cow they are all over the board. I’d peg Robb as more of a Thinker than a Feeler, myself, but I’ll give you this one, anon. :)
This post makes a compelling case for him being an ESFP (which is where I was going to put him), but it looks like common consensus has him as an ENTP, so sure!