Angelina Johnson

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Character
Name: Angelina Johnson
Occupation: student
Title/Rank: Gryffindor House
Captain/Chaser for Gryffindor Quidditch team
Location: Hogwarts, ?
Status: alive; blood status unknown
Relationships: Fred Weasley (dated)
George Weasley (married)
Roxanne Weasley (daughter)
Fred Weasley II (son)
Weasley clan (various in-laws and nieces/nephews)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Other: born October 1977
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Angelina Johnson is a character from the Harry Potter series, first introduced as a Chaser for the Gryffindor Quidditch team. Angelina eventually marries George Weasley and has two children, Fred Weasley II and Roxanne Weasley.

Canon Background

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Fan Response

Angelina is the only significant black female character in the series.[1] She is described as a "tall black girl" in both Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix,[2] but nonetheless she and her children are commonly portrayed as white--because fans mistakenly believe that her race was not mentioned in the books, or because they choose to ignore Angelina's canonical race for other reasons,[3] for example to allow Fred Weasley II to look identical to his namesake.

Angelina's race is often thought to be a factor in the character bashing and general animosity directed at her in fandom.[4] Some also believe that misogyny in fandom has helped fuel this dislike. One fan writes about the negative backlash to the George/Angelina pairing:

"[T]here is an overwhelming amount of blame ascribed to Angelina for her relationship with George — SHE is the traitor to Fred’s memory, not George for also getting into a relationship with her [...]; SHE is the one using George to replace Fred, while George looking for solace in her isn’t seen as him using her as an emotional outlet; SHE is the one who pushed for the relationship while George was helpless and too overcome with grief over Fred to do anything. I’m sure some people will argue that’s agency, but it smacks of blaming the woman for everything, and then when one adds the Black aggressor vs helpless white victim element, though gender-reversed from usual, it definitely has a racial undertone in addition to the misogyny."[5]

Angelina has also received a large amount of positive fan response. For example, the G.O.A.L. Guild Of Angelina Lovers thread at FictionAlley Park was started pre-OotP, and at least one Angelina fanlisting was active in 2003-2004.[6]

Shipping

Angelina is commonly shipped with:

Example Fanworks

Fanfiction

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fan Art

Links & Resources

References

  1. Angelina is the only female character described as black in the books. Minor characters Celestina Warbeck and Gwenog Jones are both black according to their Famous Wizard Cards (usually considered canon), and Professor Sinistra is portrayed as black in the films and Lego Harry Potter games (not usually considered canon).
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter Sixteen: "The Goblet of Fire" (2000) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter Twelve: "Professor Umbridge" (2003).
  3. See this discussion about a harrypotterconfessions post stating "Not all whitewashing is racist," particularly regarding one fan who whitewashes Angelina because that's how she imagined her the first time she read the books. (Accessed 23 December 2013.)
  4. For example, see A hypothesis. by hisstericalhysterectomy. (Accessed 23 December 2013.)
  5. xanthophiliac on Tumblr. Here be dragons!: So I am going through tags on tumblr to look for posts and graphics of the POC characters in 'Harry Potter' for Potter.... (Accessed 23 December 2013.)
  6. Chaser: The Official Angelina Johnson Fanlisting had 52 members as of August 7, 2004 (as archived by the Wayback Machine).