The #BlackWizardHistory Hashtag Gives Me Life

Patricia Elzie-Tuttle

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We know that wizards of color exist in the world of Harry Potter, but not much is known about the history of the black wizarding community. The geniuses running the Twitter for Black Girls Create have been using this past Black History Month to educate the masses on these under-appreciated achievements using the hashtag #BlackWizardHistory.

Here are some of my favorites:

First is the well-known Kingsley Shacklebolt:

You got this right:

Our beloved Lavender Brown who mysteriously changed races in the movies when she became a love interest:

I believe this to be the truest of truths:

And of course, I must mention a fellow Slytherin:

Edit: An earlier post listed Keymond Brinkley twice and has now been updated to include the link to Lavendar Brown.