The ‘Hermione Granger & The Quarter Life Crisis’ webseries presents a fresh take on the Harry Potter character.

Long-time fans of the ‘Harry Potter’ series of books always understood that Hermione Granger was a Black girl. And it didn’t hurt that series author J.K. Rowling’s gave Black Hermione her blessing, especially once a Black woman was cast to play the character in the Harry Potter & The Cursed Child Broadway play. But the last book in the series, ‘Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows,’ had a pretty anti-climactic end. Hermione married Ron, Harry married Ginny, and each of the couples sent their respective kids off to Hogwarts.

Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael & Sunshine Moxie Entertainment decided to change that.

Yisrael wanted to give Hermione “the chance to write her own ending.” So she created a fan-made webseries entitled ‘Hermione Granger & The Quarter-Life Crisis’ (its title a clever homage itself to the Potter book titles). It’s been branded as “a webseries about the greatest witch of her age tackling her greatest challenge yet: becoming a woman.”

Highlighted by of-color film and television blog Shadow And Act, ‘HGQLC’ follows Hermione (played the lovely Ashley Romans) after she abandons her life in London – including a job at the Ministry of Magic & an impending marriage to Ron – to go to L.A. Potterheads will recognize Hermione’s Hogwarts classmate Parvati Patil and Draco Malfoy (whose sardonic appearance sticks out even as a young adult), and there are references to Harry and Ginny, too.  But ‘HGQLC’ focuses instead on introducing viewers to a diverse cast of original characters, like Hermione’s Muggle cousin LaQuita, an American witch named Juniper Dias, and smooth-talking Quidditch player Kang Tae Joon. It’s also set in 2004 and full of homages to the ’00s like flip phones and Nivea songs.

Though its first season is only five episodes in length, ‘HGQLC’ functions on a smart script (written by L. Olive Hernandez and Jessica Jenks), and characters who embody what it’s like to be 25 and not quite sure you’re where you want to be. Parvati works for a fashion magazine where she often feels unappreciated. Hermione had the seemingly “perfect” life until she didn’t want it anymore. And even when Hermione seeks out her father for help, her dad doesn’t bail her out but instead gives her the advice parents often give to millennials (and $5 for coffee, too).

‘Hermione Granger & The Quarter-Life Crisis’ is currently developing its second season, but the series gained so much traction that creator Yisrael was featured on a panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. And it doesn’t stop there – Yisrael also created ‘The Wizard’s Voice,’ an Internet ‘wizarding newspaper’ that further fleshes out the fictional characters with short interviews and occurrences in their everyday lives. In being inspired by the Harry Potter world, Eliyannah Yisrael created her own world for Hermione.

You can watch all seven episodes of ‘Hermione & The Quarter-Life Crisis’ for yourself up top, by way of YouTube. You can also donate to the series’ production costs here.

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