Hermione Granger’s ethnicity

What is Hermione Granger‘s ethnicity in the Harry Potter books? There was a debate two years ago on the internet. As a real Harry Potter fan , you may have a strong curiosity about it . In all of the Potter books, there appears to be only one reference to Hermione’s skin color:

They were there, both of them, sitting outside Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor — Ron looking incredibly freckly, Hermione very brown, both waving frantically at him.
Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4: The Leaky Cauldron
While it would be easy to assume that JKR meant that she’s tanned (e.g. from the sun), other writers have suggested that the line above, and lack of other descriptors strongly implies that Hermione is naturally dark-skinned. Zeba Blay, the ‘Voices Culture Writer’ for Huffington Post even goes so far as to say that it’s down to individual readers to make their own judgement on the issue.
Is there any evidence either way? Has JKR ever given an in-universe reason to assume that Hermione is white, black or mixed-race?

The fifth character, on the far right, is presumably an early version of the character who would become Dean Thomas; Pottermore reveals that a character named "Gary Thomas" was one of the Original Forty Hogwarts students created by Rowling, later renamed "Dean." Since we know that Dean is dark-skinned, and he appears dark(er)-skinned in the sketch, it stands to reason that Hermione was intended to be light-skinned.

Although not exactly evidence, Rowling has done occasional sketches of her characters, all of which portray Hermione as having light skin:


Unfortunately, none of this tells us if she was meant to be mixed-race or not. Disidentification is an easier leap when characters are intentionally vague. So we can idealize it in our heart for our favorite characters.

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