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the cost of loyalty: reconsidering support for harry potter and j.k. rowling

Updated: Apr 30

In the realm of literature and pop culture, few franchises have captured the hearts of millions like Harry Potter. However, as the world evolves, so too must our understanding of the creators behind our beloved stories. In recent years, J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, has faced significant backlash for her harmful and discriminatory views, particularly towards the LGBTQ+ and transgender communities. In this blog, we'll explore why continuing to actively support Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling may perpetuate harm, particularly to transgender individuals, and how our loyalty can inadvertently line the pockets of a known trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF).

The Problematic Views of J.K. Rowling:

In recent years, J.K. Rowling has repeatedly expressed harmful and transphobic views, using her platform to spread misinformation and perpetuate harmful stereotypes about Transgender individuals. Her public statements and social media posts have been widely criticised for their insensitivity and disregard for the lived experiences of Trans+ people.

The Impact on the LGBTQ+ and Trans+ Community:

For members of the LGBTQ+ and particularly the Trans+ community, Rowling's comments have been deeply hurtful and damaging. They contribute to a culture of transphobia and discrimination, further marginalising an already vulnerable population. Trans+ individuals deserve to feel safe, respected, and valued, and supporting Rowling's work sends a message that their identities are not worthy of recognition and affirmation.

The Ethical Dilemma:

As fans of the Harry Potter series, many individuals face an ethical dilemma when it comes to separating the art from the artist. While the books may hold sentimental value and nostalgia, continuing to support Rowling's work financially can be seen as a tacit endorsement of her harmful beliefs and actions. It raises questions about where we draw the line between personal enjoyment and social responsibility.

Promoting Trans-Inclusive Literature and Media:

In addition to reevaluating our support for Rowling, we can actively seek out and promote literature and media that uplift and celebrate Trans+ voices and experiences. By amplifying diverse narratives and supporting Transgender authors and creators, we contribute to a more inclusive and affirming cultural landscape.

So if you're a fan of Harry Potter, it's essential to critically examine your continued support for J.K. Rowling in light of her harmful views towards the LGBTQ+ and Transgender communities. By distancing ourselves from Rowling's work and advocating for Trans-inclusive literature and media, we can take a stand against discrimination and support a more equitable and affirming future for all. Let's use our voices and actions to create a world where everyone, regardless of gender identity, can thrive and be celebrated.

As a directory, we do not accept anyone who we see continues to actively promote HP for all of the above reasons. If we are to be a truly inclusive space we have to take our roles extremely seriously and this is an extremely serious subject.

the cost of loyalty: reconsidering support for harry potter and j.k. rowling

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