21 Ways “Harry Potter” Fans Admire Reacted To J.K. Rowling’s Anti-Trans Comments

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Updated on Sep 27, 2020. Posted on Sep 26, 2020

“The magic of Harry Potter is long gone.”

J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans feedback in 2020 fetch sparked a ton of reactions from Harry Potter fans all over the field. In June, she faced backlash when she made a slew of tweets regarding an op-ed in Devex about menstrual effectively being.

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She fleet defended her problematic tweets with an anti-trans essay, which quite a lot of folks weren’t joyful about.

In September, Rowling launched a recent e book, Insecure Blood (published below her pen title Robert Galbraith), which received quite a lot of attention resulting from its anti-trans messages. Everyone’s reactions to her anti-trans feedback were totally different, but it completely’s laborious to forget her discriminatory opinions in the end of a notable year for social switch and justice.

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This inspired us to demand the BuzzFeed Neighborhood how J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans feedback changed their relationship with the Harry Potter series. Here’s what that they needed to claim:


“As a baby who grew up in an unhappy household, the Harry Potter series gave me a convey to flee to when issues purchased rough. However I’m in my mid-twenties now, and over the years I’ve realized how many problematic elements are in the books. The depiction of the Gringotts goblins and the remedy of Cho Chang were questionable, and Rowling’s transphobia is the straw that broke the camel’s support.”

“It be a tragic truth of existence that quite a lot of the issues we once liked as children are in actuality filled with loathe. Some folks can fail to see it, but I cannot. For me, the magic of Harry Potter is long gone.”



“As a trans girl whose first realizations got right here from reading about Hermione embracing her femininity on the Yuletide Ball and wishing I would possibly hotfoot to a center college dance in a dress cherish hers…yeah, J.K. Rowling’s feedback worry cherish hell.”



“I’ve totally washed my fingers of her. I eradicated all of my books and merchandise and I am three sessions in of removing my Deathly Hallows tattoo. I will’t improve an individual who has such a warped discover on human beings.”



“The total ‘agree to disagree’ understanding merely would not work by attain of J.K. Rowling. Particular, having a special conception is okay and it will spark a precious conversation, but when the totally different conception is set the very existence of a neighborhood of folks, or not it’s one thing that mustn’t be tolerated. The existence and importance of trans lives is just not up for debate. She is risky and has been risky on extra than one events, and she must restful totally be condemned for her feedback.”



“I began rereading the books first and essential of the pandemic because it changed into a source of comfort, cherish visiting an faded friend. When ‘she who shall not be named’ made her anti-trans feedback, I felt torn about continuing to read the books. After noteworthy belief and consideration, I made up my solutions that what works for me is to compose a donation to a trans charity every time I read the books.”



“J.K. Rowling’s transphobia has left me brokenhearted. My girlfriend and I are every transgender, and her assaults on trans folks are so needless. They may be able to quit so noteworthy hurt resulting from her spacious platform and impact. Harry Potter changed into the one thing in my existence that always brought me joy, but I cannot read them anymore, and it truthfully feels cherish dropping a pal or a romantic accomplice.”



“The attain I discover her as a creator has in actual fact changed. I changed into so inspired by how she got right here to jot down the Harry Potter series, but now I in actual fact feel cherish she’s joyful herself that what she’s announcing now shall be truth when basically it’s not. I procedure not improve her, but I DO improve the Harry Potter actors who’ve come ahead against J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans feedback.”



“I even fetch quite a lot of very burdened and worry feelings. I even fetch three decent-sized Harry Potter tattoos, but my heart bleeds for the trans neighborhood who’s being marginalized by her. I’ve determined to no longer clutch recent Harry Potter merchandise or hotfoot to the theme parks because I cannot give J.K. Rowling extra money to unfold loathe.”



“J.K. Rowling’s transphobia has brought to light quite a lot of discriminatory situations embedded in Harry Potter. She’s pretended to tout diversity by proclaiming Dumblebore changed into recent, but she won’t write it into the actual canon. As a homosexual girl, I am totally appalled by how she’s current the ‘security’ of recent females to discriminate against trans females.”



“I’m a public librarian and I’ve introduced Harry Potter to dozens of teens and I’ve seen it bring magic to them cherish it did for me. Whereas the libraries already possess her books, I procedure not in actual fact feel cherish I will overtly utter enthusiasm about the series to these youngsters cherish I current to. It be very unhappy when any individual it’s most likely you’ll possibly even fetch idolized turns out to fetch such unfavorable views.”



“I recently got right here out as a lesbian, and after I heard about J.K. Rowling’s tweets, it felt surreal. She changed into belief to be one of my idols, but now she’s a transphobic annoyance. I’m not going to kill reading the books or cosplaying the characters, but I am going to coach as many folks as I will about her anti-trans feedback.”



“When reading the books as a kid, I always pictured J.K. Rowling as an omniscient narrator reading to me about underdogs saving a magical world where variations were liked. Now all of it feels cherish such a contradiction. How can any individual so dismissive about their phobias write about a neighborhood of misfits uniting to defeat a bigoted villain who desires a homogenous society? It would not compose sense anymore. It’ll be a protracted time sooner than I will read the books over again.”



“J.K. Rowling’s transphobia has brought out many discriminatory folks in the Harry Potter neighborhood. Seeing chums come to her protection about her anti-trans feedback appropriate because ‘Harry Potter is iconic’ has been disgusting. All these folks don’t even care about gender politics (an discipline in its possess right), and so they’ve change into anti-trans in a single day because they in actuality feel a undeniable loyalty toward her.”



“I’m trans, and her feedback messed me up. I’m not weeding out my Harry Potter books and flicks, but I additionally don’t mediate I will tackle ingesting them for slightly a while. I know keeping apart the artwork from the artist is a thing, but my mind would not procure that easy — time and work are what it’ll expend.”



“I restful cherish the Harry Potter series, but it completely’s laborious for me to read the actual books resulting from Rowling’s feedback. So at any time after I wish to reread the books, I expend fanfictions as an alternate.”



“I expected a undeniable level of mindfulness from J.K. Rowling, but as an alternate we purchased that unsourced ‘essay‘ where trans identity changed into described as a ‘social contagion’ and gender clinics were compared with recent conversion remedy. I cannot forgive such appalling, unfavorable bile — not even from her. I know right from risky, and it’d be risky to improve her work transferring ahead.”



“I refuse to let J.K. Rowling expend away the magic of Harry Potter from me. Harry Potter changed into all I had after I changed into bullied as a kid, and she would not must expend those moments a long way from me. I will always cherish and cherish Harry Potter while simultaneously calling out J.K. Rowling and her shocking, nasty views. However I cannot give her the vitality to tarnish my memories — I refuse.”



“I stopped carrying my Deathly Hallows necklace, and I have not been ready to set it support on yet. I even have not been ready to reconcile my feelings and I procedure not know if I will ever be ready to. I in actual fact feel cherish every little thing I once liked has been risky by loathe.”



“This explicit series changed into a stable convey for marginalized and abused folks, but J.K. Rowling violated that security. She capitalized on queerness and failed to describe it when the time got right here. I adore the series and what or not it’s intended to me over the years, but I cannot bring myself to clutch or discover one thing else lustrous she’ll compose money from it. Maybe if she wasn’t profiting as noteworthy, she’d realize she won’t glean away with such severe trespasses.”



“It be exciting how J.K. Rowling current ‘J.K.’ as her writing title so her work wouldn’t be pushed apart because she’s a girl. However now, she’s judging others in accordance to the gender they name with — she’s a hypocrite.”



“A shut friend of mine got right here out as trans in secondary college. Before his transition, a massive deal of energy got right here to him by reading Harry Potter. So, when J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans feedback got right here out, my friend without prolong misplaced a hero in Harry and one in Rowling. He current to possess merchandise and procedure an annual wobble to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but now he cannot even check at a checklist of the Deathly Hallows symbol with out feeling ill.”


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Editor’s Tell: BuzzFeed would not improve discriminatory or hateful speech in any compose. We stand by the LGBTQ+ neighborhood and all fans who stumbled on a home in the Harry Potter series and must restful work to present a stable home for fans. At the same time as you, cherish us, in actual fact feel impassioned about trans rights, be taught extra or donate right here.

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