Exclusive Interview: Sasha Sloan on Creating “Noble House of Black” Fan Series
Even ten years after the last movie, the Harry Potter fandom is thriving. From fan fiction to home decor and recipes, we’re still at home in the wizarding world. The most magical art has been born from this fandom, including the Noble House of Black (NHOB) fan series, created by Sasha Sloan.
Sasha’s TikTok account, @sashaesloan, has gained 1.3 million followers, many of whom flock to her account for Harry Potter– and Star Wars-themed content. In autumn 2020, Sasha posted a TikTok featuring Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Narcissa circa 1970; this quickly blossomed into a magical series. I was fortunate to interview Sasha on her creative process.
Like many of us, Sasha has long been a Harry Potter fan, even writing fan fiction in middle school. When the “DracoTok” trend took off, she saw a window of opportunity.
I had seen so many creative self-insert stories about the Harry Potter universe, and plenty of fabulous cosplays of the Black [s]isters, but I hadn’t seen anything done with the story of all three sisters.
Sasha posted three videos of herself, her sister, and her cousin as Narcissa, Andromeda, and Bellatrix, not expecting to go viral. It’s easy to see why the fandom latched on; the passion and hard work that goes into writing, shooting, and editing is evident.
I start with the music. The tone and timing of the scene is structured to work in tandem with the lyrics and rhythm, and I love researching time[-]appropriate music that fits the characters [sic] development—for example, when Andromeda and Bellatrix have their last argument before Andromeda’a disownment, the song I selected is Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way.’
With 1970s vibes back in a big way, the aesthetics are bewitching. You also can’t help but be spellbound by the riveting story of Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Narcissa.
I love the story of the three sisters because (in my mind) they represent the whole spectrum of good and evil. Andromeda’s journey in particular is one that many can relate to: choosing a love that defies her family’s wishes, rejecting the harmful beliefs she had been taught and carving out a path for herself in the world.
Bellatrix’s journey is dark as ever, but NHOB enlightens us, exploring the disturbing backstory that twisted her mind.
We realized it was quite possible that Tom Riddle met Bellatrix when she was a young student at Hogwarts. Once we visualized the age gap between a middle-age [sic] Tom and a teenage Bellatrix, we knew we had to follow a storyline that demonstrated classic grooming techniques of an abusive relationship.
Draco’s mother, Narcissa, is played by Sasha herself. She shared the questions NHOB aims to address:
Did she have a relationship with Andromeda after she was disowned? Why did she have Draco so long after she was married? Where did she learn Occlumency, and why?
It’s clear that the actors are enjoying themselves. We love that Lucius is “intense on set.” Regulus and Sirius were supposed to be the only other characters, but the cast quickly expanded.
We assembled our Order of the Phoenix for a scene, including Remus Lupin, Molly Weasley, Emmeline Vance, Marlene McKinnon, etc., and it was pure magic having them all in the same room at the same time.
Inspired by Star Wars, Sasha draws parallels between characters and their younger counterparts. Watch for Easter eggs such as Andromeda excelling in the same subjects as her daughter, Lucius holding the iconic green apple, and Regulus mirroring Draco’s breakdown in the sixth film.
When asked about the state of the fandom today, Sasha applauded the inspiring creativity of other fans posting content.
It’s amazing that these stories have the power to touch millions as they allow folks to return to a universe they’ve been imagining and exploring since childhood. DracoTok provided such a relief from the monotony and bleakness of quarantine, and I’m just incredibly honored and flattered that we get to be a part of that community.
Noble House of Black is making pivotal shifts for its characters, and we can’t wait to watch it all unfold! We’d like to congratulate Sasha on her recent crowning as Miss Utah and thank her for taking the time to speak with us.