Wizarding Woes

With today being International Harry Potter Day, let’s talk about something a bit uncomfortable.

Namely, how J.K. Rowling’s statements and actions have damaged our relationship with the wizarding world. 

Ever since J.K. Rowling aired her transphobic views, they left a sour taste in our mouths. Since then folk have been distancing themselves not only from her but the world she created. As of a few days ago, a Wairarapa book festival cancelled their scheduled Harry Potter quiz.

Like countless others, I grew up with Harry Potter. It wasn’t just a book series, it was a portal to another world. A fantastical one we all desperately wanted to be a part of. A world where we could be limitless and have incredible adventures daily. Now, the magic has died.

I know that I will always be fond of the wizarding world, how could I not? However, I refuse to support it ever again. I solemnly promised that I will not buy any officially licenced content again. Even that new game Hogwarts Legacy that shows a lot of potential, I will never touch it. Bad timing on their end, making their announcement after those infamous tweets. Their legacy was stained before we could even hit play.

I know it will not make a dent in her fortune, but I would like to think it sends a message. When box offices take in less for the new films, when her book fails to break into the bestsellers or when the game gets the cold shoulder. To be honest, I don’t know if she even cares. She has made her bed, lay in it and is too comfortable to get up. She has doubled down, in fact, she has tripled down on those statements. She would not defend them this hard if she didn’t believe them so strongly and it is clear she thinks she is in the right.

It is still a bit of a sore spot for fans, that the person who helped shaped countless childhoods turned out to be like this. I know that many still love the wizarding world, but it doesn’t feel the same anymore. 

I used to love wearing my Ravenclaw scarf everywhere in the colder months. But now it doesn’t feel like I am showing “house pride” anymore, but an endorsement of her and her views. I haven’t worn it in so long, I don’t think I ever will again. I didn’t throw away my copies of the books, but I did hide them at the back of my little library, out of sight out of mind and all that. 

I suppose I will always have a special place in my heart for the wizarding world, but I feel a bit guilty about it. I am glad to see that folk are still holding her accountable for her comments, instead of sweeping it under the magic carpet. Rowling shot herself in the foot on that one, her refusal to apologise and continuing to harp on her harmful view keeps reminding us why we no longer support her.

No spell can restore the wonder the wizarding world once had.

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  1. I too really lost a lot of respect for Rowling ever since she made her transphobic views known. And I find it interesting how ever since then, people have more thoroughly scrutinized those books, and uncovered an even greater number of unfortunate implications. I don’t think it would therefore be difficult to cut them out from one’s library because, at the end of the day, they haven’t aged all that well. Plus, her attempts to expand the world after the initial seven books has just resulted in a lot of unpopular story beats and answers to questions nobody asked, so I think it’s pretty safe to say the franchise is well past its prime anyway.

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  2. I think this is something interesting that you’re bringing up. To an extent I’ve always thought to separate art from artist but I think that it’s not entirely possible, if you buy the art, you’re giving your money to the artist and allowing them to continue flourishing in the industry. So there’s the illegal route or the second hand buys. But from what I’ve heard, so many people have it hard with this series bc it wasn’t just a story to them. I didn’t read it growing up, which, in hindsight, I’m glad for (altho I did like the movies but I grew out of them very quickly). I’ve also noticed a lot of gen z kids who have zero interest in the series, which I’m glad for, what with all the problematic stuff in them people are now finding. It’s also interesting to see adults who grew up with HP recommending these books to their kids (and sometimes getting shot down). I think with all the bad rep HP won’t last all that long. I’m sad it turned sour for many people but I’m glad many people have also come together to leave it behind

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  3. Works often stand apart from their creators. Look at TH White’s The Once and Future King or Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. Both are powerful works, but both authors have expressed cruel and harmful perspectives.

    Fred’s right. Enjoy the work. I still do.

    Crimson’s idea of buying second hand is solid, too — you can see replace books that wear out and not contribute to her funds.

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