The Harry Potter fan-made web series, “Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis,” returns with four new episodes on April 19th. The show originally premiered on January 16, 2017, but due to a series of staffing and financial problems, the HGQLC team had to postpone Season 1 in order to raise funds and rebuild much of the crew. Now, thanks to the support of the audience and a lot of hard work from the creator, showrunner and director, Eliyannah Amirah Yisrael and the production team led by Megan Grogan, season one will continue on the Sunshine Moxie YouTube channel this month.
The show follows a 25-year-old Hermione Granger (played by black actress, Ashley Romans) as she tries to figure out her life post-The Battle of Hogwarts, and decides to leave her boyfriend, Ron Weasley, the U.K., and her budding career at the Ministry of Magic. She Apparates to Los Angeles, where she crashes with her former Hogwarts roommate, Parvati Patil (Sinead Persaud) and reunites with her Muggle cousin, LaQuita Granger (Tamara French) and former Hogwarts rival, Draco Malfoy (Nicholas D. Johnson). She also meets new friends, including Parvati’s computer hacker roommate, Juniper Dias (Stephanie Ezekiel), a researcher with wanderlust named Benjamin van der Brahm (DJ Ester), a Quidditch star named Kang Tae Joon (Chase Maser) and a wizard activist named Leslie “Dez” Desmond (Robert Dowdy).
Yisrael is the director and showrunner, it is produced by Megan Grogan, and is written by Jessica Jenks and L. Olive Hernandez. It is inspired by the original “Harry Potter” series, as well as Rowling’s posts on Pottermore, but does not draw inspiration from the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” stageplay.
A huge fan of Hermione since she first read the books as a child, Yisrael sees “Hermione Granger and the Quarter Life Crisis” as an opportunity to allow Hermione to rewrite her own ending in a fashion that may please Potterheads who felt that marrying Ron Weasley and setting herself for a job in the Ministry was a somewhat unsatisfying end for their heroine. She recently wrote about why she was drawn to the character, and why she felt Hermione deserved a different ending than the one she received in the “Deathly Hallows” epilogue, in an essay that ran on the popular nerd culture and fandom site, Black Girl Nerds.
While working on shooting new episodes, the HGQLC team is releasing a series of shorts to keep fans excited about the show. The characters are featured in a collection of interviews and “stolen moments” that are packaged like a special series on young magical people in L.A. from The Wizard’s Voice, the first magical publication with a web presence.