I am a huge Harry Potter fan, I grew up on those books, and they really contributed to the morals I have today. Such as standing up for what’s right even when it is incredibly hard, not judging people based on a characteristic they are born with (full blood or mud blood), and recognizing the magic in everyday life. You have to understand, I was homeschooled until 6th grade so when Harry Potter found out he was a wizard I was an eager young girl right there beside him. When Hermione taught Ron and Harry how to make the Polyjuice potion, I was there jumping with fright when moaning myrtle appeared. Harry Potter is my childhood, and it is helped make me who I am today.
I know I am late to this topic but considering how much the Harry Potter books mean to my life I felt I had to say something. J.K. Rowling posted a series of tweets regarding the transgender community as a burden to straights woman’s ability to tell their stories. This is so clearly wrong, feel if anything the more rights and equality the transgender community has, the more rights and equality all women have. You can go do your own research and find all of the screenshots (seriously it’s all over the internet) but I just don’t want to contribute another copy of such speech. I really don’t even understand her argument here, what was going through her head?
I also heard from multiple sources that this isn’t the first time she has posted transphobic comments, what the hell? I mean, I fully recognize that my experience as a small white female is vastly different than that of a person of color or an lgtbq+ appearing person, or any other minority. I just don’t understand how some people do not recognize that the perspective they hold of the world is not the same for everyone else. How can they not understand that just because they don’t understand a certain perspective doesn’t mean it is invalid in any way. You cannot dismiss someone’s experience and perception of the world simply because you do not understand or have never experienced it. That is called ignorance.
So, this whole moral debacle has raised a lot of questions in the nerd community of what this means for the future of the Harry Potter series. Some people have covered her name on their books with art and funny things, which create some funny videos. I stand in the boat of, don’t let hateful comments by an author destroy the foundation of a lot of people’s joy and expression. Instead of quoting the author of my favorite characters, I shall quote my favorite characters because they are the ones I remember in times of awe and distress, not J. K Rowling. When I think of Harry Potter I don’t think of a middle-aged white woman with blonde hair, I think of the messy-haired boy with round glasses, I imagine the freckle nosed girl with big curly hair, and I imagine a red-headed boy backed by a squad of redheads.
I saw some video of a girl sporting pride gear and mentioning the recent comments from J.K. Rowling and how she was “raised on Harry Potter” and the ending was her screaming at the camera “these are my characters” as she clutched her pride gear. And that really resonated with me because as much as you can say she wrote them; those characters mean so much to so many different people across the globe.
That’s why it is so heartbreaking and almost unbelievable to see this woman who created the insanely inclusive feeling Harry Potter series by this woman who has such vile beliefs. It makes me think about all the content we consume on the daily and how much truth the authors put into it. I try to be as truthful as possible in my writings, maybe sometimes I don’t want to reveal my deepest darkest secrets or names of other people, etc. but I don’t ever want to lie through my writing. Was she lying? Or just not revealing all of herself? Or is an art in fact separate from its creator?
I’m not sure but what I do know is that Hogwarts and the world filled with wands and broomsticks is something I consider my home. It may sound silly to care so much about something deemed as a children’s book, but for someone who was homeschooled through elementary school, that world was my life. It is an entire universe that has so much meaning and emotion to a lot of people on this earth and it does not just disappear once we realize the woman who showed us this world may not be the angel, we all thought. Hogwarts is still there in our hearts and all those memories do not disappear, so why should we let her stupid words diminish our love for Harry Potter?