How Harry Potter and Hogwarts changed the Japanese’s view people of color
Harry Potter has since became such an all-encompassing phenomenon that from this vantage point, it’s hard to see the full scope what it accomplished: It feels as though publishing and fandom and children’s literature and all of pop culture have always been the way we know them today. But Harry Potter changed the world.
Author J.K. Rowling was an unknown single mom when she first got the idea for her story while stuck on a train; the small UK children’s press that ultimately took a chance on it undoubtedly couldn’t have predicted that it would have a measurable effect on everything it touched.
Harry Potter made YA book-to-movie franchises into one of the biggest forces in pop culture. It changed the business model for publishing books for kids. And it introduced an entire generation to the idea that it’s possible to interact with the pop culture you love — to write about it and with it, to make music and art about it, and to build a business around it.
But it really seems that the view of Harry Potter by Japanese people is mixed feelings, some love the movie and some are strongly biased against in all white cast and any other actors of color. Some Japanese would rather see an all cast of black people or non white group because they would associate anything black as being great, magnificent, or positive and would assume that being white is negative or bad by stereotype.