Once upon a time, in a world filled with magic and wonder, there was a young boy named Harry Potter. He lived a mundane life with his abusive aunt and uncle, until the day he discovered that he was a wizard.
As Harry began his journey at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he faced many challenges and made countless friends, including Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. However, as they navigated the magical world and faced off against the dark wizard Voldemort, they also encountered instances of transphobia.
JK Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter series, has faced criticism for her past comments and actions regarding the transgender community. While the themes of love and acceptance are present in the Harry Potter series, it is important to recognize and acknowledge the harm caused by these instances of transphobia.
Despite this, the story of Harry Potter remains a beloved and influential one, full of adventure, friendship, and the power of love to conquer hate. “Ironic”, as a character of another franchise would say it.
To start this insight, let’s look back at an essay by Sarah Z, where she traces the Harry Potter series author’s journey towards transphobia. An exploration of a terrible manifesto, separating the art from the artist, and Hatsune Miku.
Now let’s look at it from a trans woman’s perspective: the damage the author is causing and the consequences for people. It’s not just about the Harry Potter series, but also about other works:
Let’s take a look at Harry Potter as a whole and what problems there are in general. Shaun has something to tell:
Let’s just stick with Shaun. In addition to the Harry Potter series, he also looked at what the author has said about herself and the people she surrounds herself with:
Let’s look at it again from a trans woman’s perspective. Jessie Gender usually covers nerd stuff, but to her own frustration it’s sometimes necessary to also talk about the author of the Harry Potter series and her testimonies:
The iilluminaughtii has also become aware of the author and her publications on specific matters. Let’s have a look. This begs the question of whether the author’s Patronus is a TERF:
Obviously, a year cannot end without being kicked again. At the turn of the year from 2022 to 2023 it was time again, “She who must not be named” tweeted. The tweet was against Jessie Gender, and she was quite surprised:
Unfortunately, what followed was to be expected. Samtha Lux gives us some more details:
What came after the tweet is what prompted Jessie to do her latest “JK Rowling” themed video. She covers everything that concerns the author, from “Hogwarts Legacy” to “Fantastic Beasts”. She is going to go over everything.
And here is Steve Shives asking a simple question: “How Hard Is It to Not Buy a Video Game?” Interesting question…
Steve’s Social Media:
Another voice to “Harry Potter”. Hoots also takes a look at the series as a whole and the things that seem odd at second glance (maybe even at first glance). She specifically asks the question, “Is Harry Potter bad?”
In conclusion, the controversy surrounding JK Rowling and her transphobic writings cannot be ignored. While she has been a beloved and influential author for many, her actions and words have caused harm to the transgender community. It is important to acknowledge and recognize this harm, and to continue to strive for acceptance and inclusivity in all aspects of society.
As we move forward, it is crucial that we continue to have open and honest conversations about these issues, and to actively work towards creating a more inclusive and compassionate world. While the past cannot be changed, we have the power to shape the future and create a more just and equitable society for all. This is the point we are at now, and it is up to us to take action and make a difference.