“Like all of Jo Rowling’s works, [Fantastic Beasts] is populated with a variety of people, and that will be the same in this series over the course of the films. There will be people of various types of ethnicities. In New York in the 1920s, there was a segregation between white and black; the neighborhoods were largely separate, and that is reflected in [the film]. But the wizarding world is a much more open and tolerant society where people of color and different ethnic backgrounds exist harmoniously together. There are people of color filling this world in an organic way.” - Fantastic Beasts Producer David Heyman
It’s really frustrating that we’re always TOLD that the HP books/movies and the wizarding world is full of all this diversity, and yet we never actually get to see it.
All the main character in the movies are white. We didn’t know Dumbledore was gay until after the series ended, and even with that knowledge, if you go back and read the books it’s barely even vaguely inferred. And every confirmation of diversity we get from Jo is an afterthought tweeted in response to someone desperately looking to see themselves in a beloved series and coming up empty-handed.
Sure, the fandom wizarding world is diverse and developed, but that’s because we saw it was lacking, and we took it and made it so ourselves. But how are we supposed to believe the film wizarding world is this magical open and tolerant society if we never actually get to see it?