On Reclaiming Harry Potter From JK Rowling And Separating The Artist From the Art

I am… very scared to post this because this seems to have generated so much controversy… please just hear me out and try to be courteous and respectful of different opinions ❤

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So lately… JK Rowling has been getting herself into a lot of trouble. As usual.

In case you haven’t seen, JK Rowling went on yet another twitter rampage… but this time it was with a barrage of harmful transphobic tweets. And she somehow felt that right now, during Pride month, a global pandemic, and a Black Lives Matter movement, was the right time to voice her harmful opinions. And so, as a longtime Harry Potter fan, I’ve had to think about if/how I can continue to be a fan when I absolutely don’t agree with or support the author. Of course this is only the latest in many problematic things she’s done, which we all put up with, but this seemed to be the breaking point so here I am writing a post on it.

First of all I want to say that trans people are valid and amazing and magical and we see you and love you! ❤️ 🧡 💛 💚 💙 💜 Trans women are women and trans men are men and non binary people are non binary and you are whatever you are and we love you for it! JK Rowling’s comments were very harmful and I absolutely do not agree with anything she said. 

So now, with that being said… what do we do about it?

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On Not Supporting The Author

First of all, I do NOT follow her on Twitter and never have (provided I’ve only been on Twitter for like a year after she already started going crazy). I absolutely do not want to support her, and don’t really want to give her any more money.

I feel like it’s fairly easy to not support her monetarily. I never really have in the past, and will continue to not. For example, although my family owns a set of all the books, which were bought when they were coming out before she went crazy, those are the only copies we have. I never really bought multiple copies before, but now I especially don’t want to buy any more copies. If you don’t already have books but want to read them, you can always read them from the library, or buy them second hand! 

She’s directly involved in Fantastic Beasts, so you can avoid seeing those, or at least in theaters. I didn’t watch Crimes of Grindelwald in theaters because I was already getting sick of her bs by then, instead watching it on DVD (lol does anyone else still use those) from the library, and I’m not planning on seeing the third Fantastic Beasts movie.

You can also avoid buying official merch! I actually don’t own any official merch; in fact, the only “merch” I own is a Ravenclaw scarf that I knit myself so 0% benefiting her. I don’t really know about getting merch since I have none but I assume you can buy unofficial merch from like Etsy or maybe knockoffs in stores that don’t support her. 

So I don’t really want to support her directly anymore. But the much harder question: what about loving the books?

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On Loving Harry Potter

These books had such a huge impact on my life. I watched the first movie when I was, like, 5, read the books when I was 9, and watched the last few movies in theaters. I do not remember a time when loving Harry Potter wasn’t part of my life. I spent hundreds of hours rereading and rewatching. I had fun with friends rewatching the movies at sleepovers. I dressed up as Harry Potter for Halloween. I’ve picked up random sticks and used them as wands. I spent many fun hours playing Lego Harry Potter on Wii (does anyone remember that because it was the bomb dot com) with my brother. I memorized all the lyrics Paint’s Harry Potter in 99 seconds to belt with friends at the top of our lungs. I’ve played pretend that pineapple cake boxes in my house were Fred and George’s skiving snack boxes. I have bonded with and made friends with people, both online and in person, over the stories.

I love Harry Potter with my whole heart and soul, and it’s shaped me into the person who I am today, and I don’t want to let a transphobic Karen take that away from me. What I really want to do is to reclaim Harry Potter. To take it back as ours, the fans, and not hers anymore.

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Some people say that you can’t separate the artist from the artwork, and I suppose that’s true to an extent. I think that you always have to be aware of what the artist, the author, is like, which is why I don’t follow her online and won’t buy anything from her. But I also don’t want to let her and her toxicity win and take away from who I am. Although she wrote the original books, it’s my friends, family, and even just my own imagination, that shaped my love for the stories and my own personality, not just her. The words on the paper of the books were from JKR, but the legacy, the community, the magic–that all came from us ❤

So JK Rowling’s twitter isn’t a safe space for all witches and wizards? I say that we should embrace our own community that is a safe space for all witches and wizards. I’ve made so many friends and felt such happiness with Harry Potter from other Potterheads, such as lunchtime discussions with my irl friends on the books, Youtube videos such as the Super Carlin Brothers, Cherry Wallis, and Tessa Netting, and blog posts such as Olivia’s post about being HP obsessed (which is a like a year old but I still remember it so that shows how happy it made me reading and chatting with her).

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On Recommending The Books

I will continue to love the world of Harry Potter with my whole heart (at least for now). HOWEVER, if you don’t have the nostalgia, I absolutely understand not wanting to read the books or get into the world.

I’ve come across a number of people online who have never read the HP books, or even seen the movies, and every time I urged them to read the books. Do it! They’re so magical! You don’t regret it! You have to try them! They’re incredible. 

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I think that after everything Rowling has done, I’m probably going to stop recommending the series to people who have never read the books before. If I’d never read these books, after seeing her tweets/her true self, I probably wouldn’t want to read them. If you don’t have the nostalgia, don’t already love the books, I can see why you could be turned off from them. After all, I have nostalgia for Harry Potter not Fantastic Beasts, which I no longer want to watch.

I might also try to stop mentioning and promoting it so much on my blog, where it always turns up in tags, recommendation lists, etc and just silently love it without using my platform to promote it–I’m not sure yet though. I don’t want to give her more recognition, but I want to continue bonding with friends over our shared love of magic ❤ If you have suggestions on what to do about this, please comment below, because I’m truly torn!

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In Conclusion

Maybe I’m just bsing and extrapolating and reaching, but I really do think we can love the magic without loving her. I feel like there’s something magical in that I knitted my brother a Hufflepuff scarf, a gift I made knowing we both love the world, something created out of regular yarn from Michales, giving nothing to JKR, but creating a moment between my brother and I, and that’s a moment I don’t want to give up to her.

Maybe you disagree. Maybe you think that it is impossible to separate the author from their work, and I understand and support you distancing yourself completely from her. Maybe you will thus unhaul your HP books. Maybe you want to unfollow me because I still love the books. Although I understand wanting to unfollow people who follow JRK herself, I think unfollowing anyone who still loves the story is a bit extreme, but hey, I’m not you, and if that’s what you want to do, if that’s what you feel is the right response to this situation, then do it.

Cutting off all HP and HP related people/things is fine, it’s a perfectly valid opinion to have, and I understand it. This whole thing is a tricky situation, and everyone is going to have their own response to it–and my response probably isn’t the best one to listen to anyways considering I’m not trans.

At the end of the day, I think it’s up to everyone what we do in response to the situation, so I just want to leave the words of Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, who posted this statement (this quote is just a part of the whole post, please check it out if you haven’t already!) on The Trevor Project:

If you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much.

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Let’s Chat

Are you going to keep supporting JK Rowling or loving the books? Do you think we should continue to promote her books/story online? Do you think you can separate the artist from the artwork? I’d love to chat in the comments below ❤

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59 thoughts on “On Reclaiming Harry Potter From JK Rowling And Separating The Artist From the Art

  1. I’m all for loving the books but not support Rowling. I also have the same nostalgia for them as you do. I started reading them when I was 6/7 years old, and the last movie came out about a month after I graduated high school. It really was my childhood. I definitely think it’s tricky how to still have a community around a series that we all love while still supporting trans women and men. Hopefully, someone comes up with something soon cause I got nothing!

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    1. I’m glad you agree! It’s definitely hard given how much this series means to so many people, and I just really wish JKR hadn’t done this… oh well. I guess we’ll just try to separate it for now and hope she doesn’t get even worse lol

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  2. This post, Kay!! It’s amazing. I really agree with everything you said in this, and thank you for writing it, because I’ve been so torn on how to feel and you put it into words perfectly.❤️ I absolutely love what you said about reclaiming Harry Potter as ours. Because you’re so right! Yes, JK Rowling wrote the books and created it, but then she put it out into the world and it became anyone’s who read it. I feel like that’s why so many people love it so much, because Harry Potter is able to become their own. (Oh my gosh, memorizing Harry Potter in 99 Seconds, been there, could still sing it…) I’m always going to love Harry Potter because the magic, nostalgia, and joy it’s given me over my life is something that I can’t erase or step away from, but I of course don’t support JK Rowling or any of her comments she’s made over the years, and I agree with you that I wouldn’t blame anyone who chooses to end their connections to Harry Potter. Your point about recommending Harry Potter is so interesting and something I didn’t really think through yet- after all, I don’t want to use my platform to promote supporting Rowling, but I would still want to support the magic? I don’t know- but I do know that I very much loved this post!! And thank you so much for mentioning my post in it too. xx

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    1. Yay thanks Olivia, I’m so glad you agree! I definitely think that without fangirling with so many other people, just reading the books in isolation, it wouldn’t have meant so much to me, and that’s not from JKR! (there once was a boy named Harry, destined to be a starrrr…). I know everyone can’t, but I personally love the magic and happiness that come from the story, which is so much more than JKR and I want to just love that and completely disassociate with her ❤ And I'm glad I'm not the only one not quite sure about recommending/blogging about HP, I guess we'll just figure it out with more time (and hope she doesn't get even worse in that time lol nothing would surprise me at this point). Of course, I loved your post so much ❤

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  3. I’ve never read HP, and even before this post, I hadn’t ever thought that I would. This is the first time that I’ve heard about JKR’s harmful messages, and since I never even planned on reading HP, it hasn’t really affected my view of the books.
    I’m with you though on separating art from the artists. I agree that you can’t really separate art from the artist (to a degree) because it’s the artist that creates the art, but I also think that when you’ve read something, loved it, poured your heart into it, and have supported it your whole life, then you really can’t be expected to just drop everything and hate it all of a sudden. And I also think that since she obviously wrote the books before all her problematic tweets, the books can be separated, bc they don’t actually contain any problematic content.It’s the person who wrote them that has now become problematic and that doesn’t affect the books in any way.

    So, I still support you anyway, and I think that you are right, that you can still love the book even if you hate the author 💕

    I hope you’re able to figure out how you want to move forward. I personally would try to promote the books less. I wouldn’t stop talking about them altogether, but I’d try to find other books to use for tags and stuff. But that doesn’t mean you can’t mention it ever again; just try to do it less often.
    I also think you did an amazing job by writing this post and talking about it and explaining your position. HP has been such a huge part of your life, and nobody can expect you to just cut it out of who you are.

    Anyways, I hope I helped ❤✨

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    1. The books arguably unfortunately do contain some vaguely problematic aspects (the only Asian character is named Cho Chang lmao), but it’s nothing as bad as her recent outright blatant transphobia so I definitely agree that the books can, at least to an extent, be separated from her recent problematic tweets. And thanks for the suggestion! I think that’s a good idea; I might try to just mention aspects of the books like wanting to go to Hogwarts or be friends with Hermione, but not rec the books themselves. Thanks for sharing your perspective, Rukky ❤

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  4. I don’t really know the extent of what JK’s done, so I’m not going to try and defend her or anything, but I know that HP is a part of my life and I don’t think my love for the books, the movies and the fandom will change. See how I mentioned the fandom? I think the fan content is super important to my love of Harry Potter because it’s amazing and just ahhhhhhhhhhh. Anyway, like I said, I don’t know everything about what’s happened, so I don’t have the greatest opinion, but I think you can divorce the author and still be able to enjoy the art for what it is, art.
    I thought that was an interesting point about recommending, I think you can still rec a book for the book, and the characters, and the world, and all that jazz; and completely ignore the author (I don’t know, duct tape the cover or something). Likewise, I’m a massive HP fan, and I’ll still probably squeal about the characters on my blog, but JK is completely ignored, because we’re here for the squealing, right?

    These are my thoughts, you can completely ignore, but still I thought this was an interesting post.

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    1. Yes! The fandom is probably half of why I love the books and story so much, I can’t believe I didn’t mention that in my original post because you’re absolutely right ❤ That's a good take, I think I might try to just talk about specific things in the books but not rec the books themselves or something to try to distance myself from JKR lol. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, they were great to think about super helpful ❤

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  5. Excellently said!👏🏻 I’m 55 yrs old, but the series still reached my inner child. I hosted several “A Night at Hogwarts” as a children’s librarian and have such fond memories of the joy the books brought to children. In my opinion, they and Harry & Co. have taken on a life of their own, and thanks to the legions of fandom, they’ve moved beyond Rowling herself. I think you’ve made some perfect recommendations. I own collector’s editions of the books as well as ebooks, so I have no plans on buying anything new from her. The library and second hand copies are also wonderful suggestions.😊

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    1. Thanks! Hosting those Hogwarts nights at the library seems so fun and amazing I’m glad you have good memories of those! It’s definitely my hope that I’ll be able to happily move forward with liking the series but not giving JKR any more money

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  6. J.K. Rowling is a stain on this Earth 😀

    Thank you so much for addressing this issue in such a thoughtful and respectful way. I’ve been having trouble articulating my feelings about it, but you really said it all. Daniel Radcliffe is a king, and I’m just going to pretend the books are written by him now.

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  7. Such an amazing post!! ❤ I agree–I think we should be able to still love Harry Potter while also acknowledging that J.K. Rowling is problematic and not supporting her transphobic views.

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  8. “Although she wrote the original books, it’s my friends, family, and even just my own imagination, that shaped my love for the stories” YES!
    I am absolutely livid about jkr’s latest transphobia and there’s nothing that can make that better. But as much as I dislike jkr, the series that she wrote is such a fundamental part of me and of my childhood – there’s simply no way that I can completely leave it behind without leaving a part of myself behind. Luckily, I’ve been mentally separating jkr from HP for the past few years, so at this point my rage toward her doesn’t really extend to my feelings about the series…but I do understand why others can’t do that. Like you, I feel like I’m going to be stepping back a bit on my HP fangirling, just bc it doesn’t really feel right anymore, or respectful to the people that jkr has hurt. I may love it still, just keeping it more to myself.
    And yes, I absolutely adored Daniel Radcliffe’s response – he said it perfectly.

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    1. Ugh it’s so disappointing that JKR, who used to be someone I really looked up to and idolized, would turn out to be this. I’m glad you’ve been able to separate the series from the author, which I’m really trying to do now! Daniel Radcliffe is a king and that’s just the facts haha. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts ❤

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  9. This whole thing is terribly unfortunate, and seems so out of character for someone who has been so charitable and philanthropic. Now, I’m not a huge fan of Harry Potter (they’re okay, and were fun to read, especially the first ones), and I don’t read her books under her pseudonym (although my husband does) because they’re not my genre. Can we separate the artist from the art? I don’t know. I guess it is up to each person to decide if this is the straw or if this doesn’t matter.

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    1. Ikr! I used to think she was such a great person… not anymore. I’ve only read the original 7 HP books, none of the ones under her pseudonym or other books like Casual Vacancy or Cursed Child, and I was like vaguely a little interested, and now I’m like nope nope not interested not going to read those. I agree that it’s really up to each individual person (at least for now… can she get any worse??) Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts ❤

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  10. Thank you for posting this, Kay! It’s been disheartening existing in the same world as her for some time now, but after all the hate she spewed last week, on top of everything else right now, I’m at a loss for words. There is no part of me that wants to support her anymore, but I also love Harry Potter deeply. I’ve got tattoos for the books, and I cherish the memories of waiting in a midnight line at B&N for the new books. I appreciate you reminding everyone that their choice is their choice. However we want to move forward in not supporting her is okay for each person individually. I think I’m no longer rec’ing the books on my blog, but I’m definitely still going to love them privately. There’s no need to continue giving it a platform when it’s already got such a large one, and she’s associated with it, but I also totally respect the people who want to continue to shout their love for it because it does have so much meaning & nostalgia tied into it. At the end of the day, like you’ve said, I’m glad we still have Daniel Radcliffe. I don’t think separating the art from the artist is possible, but I do think we can still enjoy the art as long as we acknowledge the problems brought into it by the artist. Anyway, I’ve started to ramble off, and the whole point is that this was really well written, and I’m grateful to see someone else in the bookish community posting about it!

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    1. Of course! I’m glad you liked this post–I was super nervous to post it! It’s definitely really disappointing–I remember just a few years ago I used to really idolize her and my respect has slowly been slipping lower and lower… and now it’s just gone, zero. I think that’s a great choice to not rec the books on your blog but to enjoy them privately–it’s definitely difficult having a social presence not wanting to support her, but I also think that nothing can take away from your love of the stories ❤ after all, the physical experience in waiting in a midnight line doesn't have anything to do with her–she wasn't there, and you weren't reading her words at that moment, just being part of the fandom which we, the fans, created ❤ Daniel Radcliffe is such a king he's the only true Harry Potter for me haha. Thanks so much for sharing your perspective ❤

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  11. Thank you so much for posting this! I’ve only ever read the first book, and I wasn’t a huge fan of it. However, I still know how much the series means to so many people, and how harmful Jkr’s comments are.
    I agree that we can’t completely separate the artist from the art, but we can read the books without further supporting the author, and I think that’s the best thing that we can do 🙂

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  12. I do love Harry Potter, and I also love Fantastic Beasts. However I completely disagree with what she has stirred up. Despite her attitude, I will still enjoy the books. However, taking from your advice, I’ll avoid buying into anything that profits her. It sounds horrible but she already has multi-millions of pounds. I’m not paying someone to be transphobic on Twitter.

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    1. I’m glad you agree! It’s crazy especially that the books have some amazing messages in them; inclusivity, no discrimination (against muggles, muggleborns, etc), but apparently JKR doesn’t practice what she preaches… I agree that I want to love the books but not support her at all. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  13. Loved this post, Kay ❤ I love how you said that the magic we feel from hp is magic we made ourselves – that’s such a beautiful way of putting it ❤

    I personally don’t think you can separate the art from the artist, but I do think you separate the magical things from the problematic parts, and I have no problem with people continuing to appreciate Harry Potter as long as it doesn’t turn into appreciating JKR.

    Anyways, I really loved this post, and what it addressed. ❤

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  14. This is so well written, Kay, and I completely agree with you – Harry Potter helped a whole generation of people through some really difficult times and helped connect people all over the world. There have been so many times I’ve bonded with people online and IRL due to our shared love of Harry Potter, and I think there is nothing with cherishing that, or in treasuring the messages of friendship, bravery and loyalty from the books.

    Having said that, I can understand people wanting to disconnect from both the author and the books – we all grieve in different ways, and I think as a community we should be focused on supporting each other through this, and sticking together, rather than criticising each other 🥰 So I think you’ve summed it up really well!! 💛💛💛

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    1. Thanks, I’m glad you agree ❤ I know that not everyone agrees with me, but I really think that we really built this community and I think we should be able to continue to appreciate each other and the messages and stories we loved ❤

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  15. Thank you for writing this, Kay! I’ve been thinking about this a lot and considering writing a post on on it as well. I don’t think it’s wrong to enjoy the series still, but like you said, I would be uncomfortable supporting jkr in any way moving forward, including giving her money or any more publicity/recommending her works without very clearly acknowledging the harmful things she’s done. I think I’m going to avoid talking about hp going forward (and honestly, at this point, most ppl have read hp, so they don’t rly need a blog post recommending it to them anyway), and if I do, I would want to include a disclaimer I think.

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    1. Of course, I’m so glad you liked it, Annie! If you do write a post I’d be super interested in seeing your full thoughts on the topic ❤ I definitely think that we shouldn't show JKR any support, but it's okay to still love something that really moved us ❤

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  16. This is really well written and I’ve actually been drafting a post discussing the idea of separating the art from the artist. I’m one of those strange ones that’s never actually read Harry Potter, but I completely understand feeling the nostalgia especially if you’re not supporting the author.

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    1. Thanks, Cas! I’ll be sure to read that post when you post it ❤ Yeah, the series has so much nostalgia for me and it's really shaped who I am so I feel like it means too much, beyond the author, to just throw it out, but if you've never read it before and don't have that nostalgia there's really no need to read them now

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  17. I definitely agree that it *is* possible to separate the art from the artist, and I will continue to enjoy HP. I have even heard from some members of the trans community who feel the same way, though obviously lots of others don’t.

    I don’t necessarily agree that going to see Fantastic Beasts or buying official merch supports specifically JK Rowling. Though she does get a cut of those sales, so do LOTS of other people. Eddie Redmayne, for example, who came out strongly against her statement, is getting paid by WB for Fantastic Beasts. I also think it’s exhausting and impossible to vet every single piece of media we consume or merch we buy. The example I’m using in an upcoming blog post is, did you check on the positions of every single writer, director, producer, and actor involved with Avengers: End Game before you went to see it to make sure nobody ever said anything transphobic? That’s not to say your decision to not buy anything is *wrong*, I just think that people who want to continue to make purchases should be able to do so without feeling shamed.

    I think the fandom has become so much more than JK Rowling, and I think that we can continue to do our thing without her. I am also going to be a lot more sensitive about talking about/recommending the series, but how can I not put it in the hands of a 10-year-old who loves magic? I don’t know, I think it’s complicated, but I also think that the disgust with HP is going to die down over time (though I hope our frustration with JKR does not).

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    1. That’s a good point on everyone else involved with Fantastic Beasts! I think it’s a bit different with JKR being the creator of the Wizarding World and screenwriter for Fantastic Beasts as opposed to just a random actor who got five minutes of screen time in Endgame that isn’t really relevant, but that’s still an interesting point you bring up to think about. I think we’re really just all doing the best we can, and for some people that’s cutting out all JKR, and for others it’s less extreme. I will admit though, I am starting to wonder if Fantastic Beasts will ever get finished at this point given that the last movie was so bad and there are so many people saying they don’t want to watch them anymore… but that’s a whole other discussion.

      I definitely agree that the fandom has grown beyond JKR ❤ I absolutely think that a 10 year old who loves magic can love HP and I would probably want them to read it, but also if I were exposed to kids like that, I would probably try to give them HP but also a lgbtq+ book or something, so they can love magic but still see the world is so much more than narrow minded JKR ❤

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      1. Yeah, I definitely think there’s a chance this might be the end for Fantastic Beasts. They already received ALL the backlash for sticking with Jonny Depp, and look at how that affected ticket sales. This might not be recoverable from. On the other hand, since production is just now starting, there’s plenty of time to forget about all this before release (unless she keeps at it, God forbid).

        I guess I was thinking less about random actors and more like the big guns. I mean, End Game had a huge cast, and enough major actors that it’s not unrealistic to think someone might have questionable beliefs. I agree that there’s a difference between the creator and the actor, but also not. Imagine, for example, if we found out Chadwick Boseman was homophobic, how that might completely ruin Black Panther. In some cases the actors come to embody the story even more than the writers. Just a thought. Sorry if I’m being argumentative. Just like to have someone to talk to. Still stuck at home away from my friends.

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        1. Yeah, this might be the end of FB, it’s too bad JKR seems intent on destroying her legacy. I think it could have been something really great… Also I can’t believe production is just starting it was already delayed before covid shut everything down and I swear if it does finally get made we’ll all be ancient by the time the last one comes out lmao.

          That’s a good point, with more of the big name actors. I personally didn’t see Crimes of Grindelwald in theaters and most of that reason was because I didn’t want to support Johnny Depp (and now more info has come out about him saying the allegations might not be true etc but based on what I knew at the time that was what I did), so for me I probably wouldn’t seen Endgame if one of the really big actors like Downey or Evans was problematic, but maybe it wouldn’t bother me if it was just a smaller actor who only have five minutes of screen time or something? But then of course where to draw the line on withdrawing support gets really fuzzy and everyone can make their own choice. At the end of the day, it’s probably best that we make sure everyone is aware of how problematic JKR is so they know what their money, even in a tiny amount, is supporting, and then let them make their own choice on the extent they support her projects.

          No, don’t worry! I love having people to talk to about this too haha I’m stuck at home too lol.

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          1. The thing is, this is going to be *such* an awkward production going forward, because a GOOD CHUNK of the cast spoke out in favor of trans rights after she released her blog post, but I imagine they’re on a contract and can’t legally just … not be in the movies. Like, how do you keep a working professional relationship?

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          2. Lol so true. Also I’d imagine some other people working with her, like random producers, camera operators, etc, probably disagree with her too, so I don’t know if they can happily keep a professional relationship and keep working with her.

            … oh wait, does this mean they’ll all leave and only the transphobic people will be left working on the movie… wait…

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          3. Haha, probably not. I saw an article that her publisher isn’t allowing people who disagree with her to stop working on her current project. Because if they let people who disagree with her transphobic comments stop working with her, then they’d have to let people who are transphobic stop working with trans authors too. It’s probably the same in the movie biz.

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  18. I’m so glad you wrote this! I’ve been struggling with my continuing love for the series over the past couple of years as JKR has done her downward spiral on social media and you have really just hit the nail on the head in so many ways.

    I think it’s possible to love the series and still acknowledge the problematic pieces of it, whether it’s the racism/antisemitism in the series (which was, admittedly, less obvious to me as a child), or her outright bigotry on social media.

    JKR was never what brought us to this world. Yes, she created it, but she was never the reason any of us continued to follow these characters in this world. For myself, I loved that group of kids who kept digging for answers when something didn’t feel right. I loved when they became young adults who saw the evil and authoritarianism in their world and fought for peace and change against hard odds. Those are the things that will stay with me from this series, not her bigotry.

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