This is going to be a long one.
I’m going to start off by letting all y’all know how much I love the Harry Potter franchise. Harry Potter was there for me when no one else was. Hermione was the first character who didn’t make me feel like a freak for preferring to read at recess. Ron taught me how to be a good friend. I have a tattoo of Ron’s broken wand on my arm. This series is so important to me.
Now let’s acknowledge the problems within the series.
First off, Cho Chang. She is a Scottish girl of Chinese ethnicity, and her name is comprised of two Korean last names. Maybe Joanne was being lazy and figured that Cho and Chang were Asian names, so it was good enough? Let’s not forget that she also was the only Asian character mentioned at Hogwarts, and she happened to be placed in the “smart” house. Good going, JK.
Snape’s redemption ARC. She actually put time and effort and pages into defending an obsessive stalker who verbally abused children….that’s a choice.
In real life, she is even worse.
Her personal Twitter account has been poppin with transphobia lately. JK is a known TERF (trans exclusionary radical feminist), and is very proud of it. This has been a thing, but this week, shit hit the fan. JKR tweeted in reference to an article inspiring a call for gender equality for “people who menstruate”: “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Obviously this in itself was entirely insensitive of the other humans that don’t identify as women but still menstruate such as nonbinary individuals and trans men. To make matters worse, we went on to play the victim and claim “women hate.”
JKR is unapologetic and unwilling to learn about the insensitivities she consistently displays. For that reason, her following is dwindling and I personally cannot, in good conscience, support anything having to do with her.
So, what does that mean for me?
This is the last time any character from the HP franchise will be mentioned on my platform. I love them all so much, but this isn’t okay. I also will not be purchasing any official HP merchandise, new copies of the books, or do anything to generate any revenue for her.
You can love the magic. But you have to love the trans community more.
This doesn’t mean you can never read the books again. I know that there will be a time that I reread the series. But removing JKR from your platforms is a way to show solidarity and say that you do not support the author. It’s okay to love the books and the world. But instead of giving JKR more publicity than she needs or deserves, boost trans and nonbinary authors! Authors of color! Diverse reads! Removing her from platforms includes taking your Hogwarts house out of your bio, removing any HP merch from the background of videos, etc.
If you’re looking for another MG/YA book series to stan, check out Rick Riordan Presents! Uncle Rick boosts diverse authors through this, so it’s a great resource!