This is not a rant. This will be concise and to the point.
Since June, a Twitter storm swirled around J.K. Rowling for her tweets regarding transgender issues. Three months later, the storm is nearing Category 5. I won’t detail the timeline of this storm, but here is a link to the tip of the iceberg. You can decide if you want to dig deeper.
So what is the point of this post? The point is, I followed the Twitter storm.
The Harry Potter books are more than just books to me. They are the reason I started writing, since they inspired me to write my first fanfiction about 15 years ago. The Patronus Charm from the books got me through many nights with my inner dementors. So, I read all the tweets, I read J.K. Rowling’s lengthy blog post defending her stance, I read the criticism, and I struggled to separate the creator from the creation, the nostalgia from the reality, the fangirl from the human being.
To my fellow Harry Potter fans, to the LGBTQ+ community: I’m asking for guidance. Can we truly separate Harry Potter from his creator? Is it okay to refuse to buy J.K. Rowling’s future projects, but still buy fanmade Harry Potter merchandise? Is it okay to continue cosplaying as a Ravenclaw or to continue wearing my Harry Potter T-shirts? How do I share my love of Harry Potter without hurting or triggering others?
I end this post with a quote from the Harry Potter books, one I hope J.K. Rowling will remember she wrote, once upon a time.
“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”~ Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets