I adore Harry Potter, and so far I’ve been enjoying the Fantastic Beasts series, but I have concerns about the franchise.
When Deathly Hallows Part 2 came out, I thought that was the last bit of Harry Potter content until the inevitable remake. I was sad at the thought of no longer having it to look forward to. The first film came out when I was 7 so all my life, I spent every year looking forward to the next movie. I put off reading the books until after they all came out so I could stay immersed in the Wizarding World for as long as possible, but I could not have been more wrong about it being the end. Pretty soon we had Pottermore, a theme park in Orlando, and more.
Personally I was a little disappointed by Pottermore, but I absolutely have to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando one day. Now in a very short period of time, we have Cursed Child, the Fantastic Beasts series, and games like Hogwarts Mystery. As I said, I enjoy the Fantastic Beasts series, and I don’t hate Cursed Child like a lot of other Potterheads do, but I’m worried Harry Potter is going to be tainted.
I love Pirates of the Caribbean just as much as I love Harry Potter, I spent my childhood not just waiting for the next movie every year or so, but they inspired by imagination and became an integral part of who I am growing up. Pirates of the Caribbean didn’t extend beyond the films and a rather unknown spin off book about young Jack and Bootstrap Bill. The ride in Disneyland was what inspired the movie in the first place. Maybe that was because it wasn’t as popular as Harry Potter but no one got sick of it because we were bombarded with spin-offs, or games, or the writers constantly butting in. On Stranger Tides certainly put a dent in the franchise, that not even Dead Men Tell No Tales could fix – although it was cathartic and I hope it’s the last film for the same reasons I hope Harry Potter needs to die.
A lot of the fanbase actually can’t stand J.K Rowling anymore. I used to admire her for a lot of reasons; all the odds were against her like being a single mother out of an abusive relationship, suffering with depression, and the fact that The Philosopher’s Stone was rejected 12 times. She also gave so much money to charity that she lost her billionaire status. I barely remember my life before Harry Potter, and I appreciate her for making my childhood magical, but she’s turned into a joke. I was having a conversation with Amy from writersblockwhat and the Death of the Author came up, and it’s particularly relevant to J.K Rowling. For those who don’t know what the Death of the Author is, it’s a literary term derived from Roland Barthes’ essay of the same name, it means the author’s background and opinions should have no relevance or influence on the text or perception of the text. Once you’ve published something, it’s out in the world for the reader’s to interpret. She taints her own work by constantly saying things like “I shouldn’t have put Ron and Hermoine together”, “Did you know *insert character here* was really *insert minority here* all along?”. I’ve said before that people would respect her more for being honest and saying that she didn’t consider representation at the time of writing the books but will in the future, not trying to get brownie points and acting like she was ahead of her time. What was a big issue for me was when she liked terf tweets, not only is it hypocritical as she claims to support the LGBTQ+ community – after all, Dumbledore was gay and yet this wasn’t mentioned once in the books and now that Grindlewald is in the series they’re not acknowledging his sexuality – but also because fuck transphobia.
I still adore Harry Potter, but please, stop before it gets ruined.