An illustrator’s fan art of Hermione Granger has stunned Harry Potter fans.
Notice how Hermione’s wearing a SPEW badge — that’s Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare, for those unfamiliar.
Illustrators and Harry Potter fans alike were amazed by Canning’s beautiful piece.
Fellow illustrator Sara Rhys said the piece clearly “took a ton of skill” and didn’t look like it had been drawn quickly.
This is beautiful, it obviously took a ton of skill, but I can’t imagine it was quick. It’s ok to admit to dedicating time and effort on creating something, admirable even!
— Sara Rhys / illustrator (@drawingsara) August 13, 2018
One fan wrote that it was the “most beautiful and realistic Hermione” they’d ever seen.
THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND REALISTIC HERMIONE I HAVE EVER SEEN PROPS TO YOU FOR ADDING THE SPEW BADGE ASSGJHGKHYFDS
— Amo (@shakspaere) August 13, 2018
Another fan said it was “hands down” the best Hermione fan art they’d ever seen.
Some asked about Canning’s technique. She explained that the whole thing had been drawn in Photoshop.
wow, that’s absolutely amazing!! Did you use photoshop?
— Laura Andriu (@laura_andriu) August 13, 2018
“Take a bow,” one fan wrote.
Some people took issue with the fact that Canning drew Hermione as a woman of colour. She had something to say in response:
“Shut the fuck up dumbasses,” wrote Canning.
Ugh people are discoursing about black Hermione on my really old hp fanart like “I’m all for black empowerment but she’s white in canon” “I don’t really mind [black Hermione] but it frustrates me” “Rowling said she was black for brownie points” like shut the fuck up dumbasses
— Sophia 🐥 (@peaceofseoul) August 12, 2018
Let’s all just remind ourselves what J.K. Rowling had to say when it was announced Noma Dumezweni had been cast as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.