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.