I have never read a Harry Potter book. Nor have I seen a single Harry Potter movie. As such, I have been asked my opinion on recent statements made by author J.K. Rowling.
First, allow me to get the obvious out of the way: Trans women are women. Trans men are men. Transgender people are valid, no matter what rude, cruel, and willfully ignorant individuals say. If you have an issue with granting people basic dignity and human rights, or extending a bare minimum of empathy to other human beings whose lived experiences differ from yours, get off of my page.
From Source of Harassment to Odd Flex
Since 1997 I have been hounded to read the books. While they have always sounded like something I’d enjoy, I am hardwired to resist jumping on bandwagons. With the release of each new book, and the fact that the page count increased with each volume, catching up increasingly felt like a commitment. As one of those people that likes to read the book before seeing the movie, I’ve never seen any of the film adaptations.
My sole source of joy among this hateful misinformation campaign is that the number of shocked “You’ve never!?!” reactions will undoubtedly be greatly reduced. As will the number of people trying to pressure me into dropping everything in my life until I have read over 4,000 pages of text and screened 20 hours of cinema. For those that persist, I now have ample reasons to ask them to go away.
To the fans that are devastated, I say this: It’s never too late to discover new things. There are many, many authors and series that are not problematic that you can fall in love with. You will survive. The positive things that you have learned, the values that you have come to embrace, are still within you. Take all of that goodness, and move on to someone deserving of your time, adoration, and consumer dollars.
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