The Problem With J.K Rowling

Vix xxx

  1. Katie

    February 1st, 2018 at 17:17

    Oh my goodness, this post is everything and I’m SO glad that you posted it! I agree with everything that you’ve said and believe she’s just trying to please everyone and it’s just making her look stupid. I’m not quite sure how to word this without sounding ignorant and stupid, but I just feel as though she’s trying too hard to be liked by EVERYONE, she’s trying to please ALL communities and although I could be seen as someone with white privilege, as a CHILD it never even fazed me that I didn’t know Dumbledores sexuality or Hermione’s race and equally does it really matter now? It’s a bit like going back on books about slavery and editing them to suit the times today when that just doesn’t make sense because they were written in a time or ABOUT a time when that was acceptable. I know that’s a bit of an extravagant example, but I hope I’m making sense. Again, I’m all for diversity, but what’s the point in going back and editing things that just don’t make sense!

  2. Lorna

    February 1st, 2018 at 17:21

    Love this so much Vix! You should listen to Witch Please- it’s a podcast talking about the Harry Potter books/films and it talks about all of these issues and more, plus it’s absolutely hilarious (like, laughing out loud on the train kind of funny). I think you’d really like it!

  3. Dimitra

    February 1st, 2018 at 17:40

    Such an eye-opening post. I grew up reading and obsessing over the Harry Potter series and they influenced me so much. I even have the Deathly Hallows symbol tattooed on me. As an intersectional feminist, who loves reading diverse books, I am embarassed to say that I did not realize until now how NOT diverse the books are. I do remember thinking how stupid the part about Hermione’s teeth was but overall I guess I never cared about Dumbledore’s sexuality or Hermione’s color. I am sure that if the books were diverse, a lot of kids would grow up with a completely different mindset, more inclusive and more respectful. Great post, very thought-provoking, thank you so much for writing it! (P.S. Sorry for my English :O :O)

  4. Kerry

    February 1st, 2018 at 17:44

    ‪JK Rowling has never said she intended Hermione to be black. She just said it wasn’t specifically mentioned in the books, which it isn’t. ‬It’s not mentioned in the British book that Dean Thomas is black either, nor that the Patel twins are Indian etc. It’s the way the books are written, characters aren’t overly described. The whole issue about her being black was so ridiculous, I mean, we’ve had a black Hamlet FFS, we can cope with a black Hermione…

    In terms of Dumbledore, I think it’s implied he’s gay in the books. The last book definitely gives a vibe, but it’s hardly likely Harry is going to be thinking about that kind of thing regarding his teacher… someone he looks up to as a kind of guardian.

    Also all she has actually said was essentially it isn’t fair she’s getting a tonne of abuse for an interview she wasn’t involved in. We don’t know what’s in the script, and just because it isn’t addressed in the next film to come out, how do we know it won’t be address in film 3, 4 or 5? David Yates said it wasn’t addressed in the film that’s coming out next, that doesn’t mean it won’t be at all. Her point is that it’s not really fair for people to just send her loads of abuse on Twitter when they don’t know what’s coming up in the scripts or stories.

    But with regards to the Depp thing I kinda agree. I don’t think he should be in the films and I do think it shows poor form for the messages she herself has tried to put out on social media.

  5. Hello

    March 12th, 2018 at 04:57

    I agree with everything you said, and to add, Rowling, at least, might not really have a say on Depp. Though, that still doesn’t explain her defending it I guess

  6. Chloe

    February 1st, 2018 at 18:00

    Yes! You’ve written down everything I’ve been thinking for so damn long. She is so incredibly problematic and seems to think that running away and hitting the block button will make it all disappear. It’s such a massive shame.

  7. Amanda

    February 1st, 2018 at 18:33

    A-bloody-men. I was having this rant just the other day!

  8. Sweetened Sour

    February 1st, 2018 at 19:10

    Yesssss to everything!!!

  9. Harry Potter fan

    February 1st, 2018 at 19:27

    Some great points but I don’t feel like Rowling could do anything right. Yes, lack of diversity in the time when the books were written so perhaps she is retrospectively trying to add it in. At least she is trying?
    Just remember you clearly loved the books(as do I) even with the lack of diversity- so we could overthink that and write a whole novel about the problem there.

  10. Lisa Mae

    February 1st, 2018 at 19:31

    I was literally just thinking this! I’ve comlletely separated her now from the Harry Potter of my childhood. I’ll always love those books, but not her.

    Lisa |

  11. Sarah

    February 1st, 2018 at 19:32

    When I saw you published this first I thought: how DARE she say something like that about Rowling (this was before I had read the post), then I thought, oh no, what do you bet she’s going to have all the good points and going to be right and I’m going to HAVE to agree with her. And yes, I read the post and I’m going to have to agree with you. I had never really thought about it that way (I immediately thought of the example of Dumbledore being gay that’s why I thought at first how could you say she’s not diverse). But I totally see your point and – unfortunately – I do agree with you. IT’s a shame…


  12. Steph Dring

    February 1st, 2018 at 19:38

    I never knew any of this but now you’ve pointed it out, so right!

    Steph x

  13. Kirsty

    February 1st, 2018 at 21:12

    Incredible post! I feel so conflicted about Fanastic because of the Depp casting but ultimately as you do so disappointed by J.K Rowling’s response to the situation and her continuing to comment on the situation. Really well written post! Also why does she keep answering questions about HP on Twitter of all places – takes all the magic away.

  14. Laura

    February 1st, 2018 at 22:15

    100% agree with this! i love harry potter, but basically most things rowling has said post-last potter book have been problematic and just infuriating. xx

  15. Hanna Andersson

    February 1st, 2018 at 22:39

    Thank you Vix! I have read a lot of little pieces on this problem, but you got it ALL DOWN.
    Three things, yes Rowling is trying to please everyone, and as a fellow people pleaser, it never fucking works.
    I’m talking so much about representation and how important it is and that I wish for everyone to feel as included as I always have. She needs to be able to do this better, and constantly.
    Also, the new films (with Johnny Depp who I think is so so so wrong for the part with or without his abusive past) is based on the years after Grindewald and Dumbledore working together, so there’s no relationship, BUT (oh man this is a big but) you can still show little hints of how Dumbledore felt about him! Subtle but important signs of what he once felt, something he might be embarrassed of now, something that has been important to him and has shaped him. It could have been sooooo good but nooooo they wont “explicitly” display it. Bullshit.
    I thought I had three things but no it was just two very long things… this topic really heats me up.
    Keep up the good work Vix! (Love that you’re a teacher, my teachers have always had a big impact on me) xx

  16. Fay Louise

    February 2nd, 2018 at 08:07

    This sums it up perfectly, I, like you, love the series but felt quite dissapointed over the lack of awareness there seemed to be from her around the Johnny Depp issue.
    This post is perfectly written.
    Fay Louise x

  17. Rach

    February 2nd, 2018 at 08:24

    Thank the lord someone finally said this! I totally agree but could never have worded it as well as you did 😀


  18. Corinne

    February 2nd, 2018 at 10:00

    I agree with your points 100%
    I love the Harry Potter series but I can’t stand J.K. Rowling anymore because I’m fed up with her doing this. And don’t get me started on the lawsuit against the guy who made the fantastic beasts encyclopaedia…

  19. Laura

    February 2nd, 2018 at 10:01

    I spent so much time defending Rowling, but it’s impossible these days. She’s just worried about making the next ££ and it’s tainting those beautiful memories we have growing up with HP. So very disappointing, though the books will always be in my heart. Absolutely spot on analysis!

  20. Carly Street

    February 2nd, 2018 at 10:06

    Whenever I hear or see Rowling’s name these days I can’t help but roll my eyes and turn away. However, I was interested to see your viewpoint as a fellow Potterhead, and I agree 100% with you. Loved this post.

  21. Sophie Butcher

    February 2nd, 2018 at 12:09

    Fantastic post Vix, you’ve summed up the issue perfectly! It’s strange to look back at something we all loved so much and realise the lack of respresentation in it. The crimes of grindelwald movie is sure to take a hit because of all of this!

    Ps, I hope you’re enjoying being part time, it’s a joy to see you have more time to spend on your brilliant blog!

  22. Lisa

    February 3rd, 2018 at 10:28

    No, I disagree, specially with your last paragraph. I don’t think JK Rowling is under any obligation to ‘represent’ any group of her readers. Her job as an author is to represent her characters, and she’s allowed to do that in whatever way she likes. And because they’re her characters, she’s allowed to talk about them afterwards in any way she likes. A book isn’t a selfie – it doesn’t have to reflect us or our experience, and the author doesn’t have to give us what we want, either before or after the book is published.

    JKR is phenomenally good at doing ‘show, not tell’ – and, as you say, everything is shown from Harry’s POV. So if Harry never sees any evidence that Dumbledore is gay, it would be wrong for JKR to insert a flashing neon sign telling us ‘Dumbledore is gay’. Same way, if Harry never thinks it’s worth mentioning that Hermi is black, we don’t need the author to tell us either. If she wants to tell us later, that’s her call, and she’s entitled to make it. She can show whatever she wants, and she can hide whatever she wants. We can disagree, we can debate, we can question, but I don’t think we can demand that the author does it differently, just to suit us.

  23. Danielle

    February 3rd, 2018 at 16:56

    I have been saying this for such a long time, but it is hard to get any fans to actually agree with me. As a child I adored reading the books and the excitement of watching the movies, but as an adult I see it through different eyes!

    Danielle xx

  24. Liam

    April 24th, 2018 at 19:19

    This is such a fantastic blog and I agree with a lot of it.

    It really bothers me that she professes to support inclusivity but then only reveal this information AFTER she’s made her money.

    And don’t even get me started on Johnny Depp.

  25. Kerry

    May 22nd, 2018 at 12:38

    Completely agree, and if she’s criticised she pulls out the ‘I was once poor card’. Thank you for writing this!

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