More retroactive “representation”! Give her a hand everyone!
This time she decided that Remus Lupin’s lycanthropy was a metaphor for illnesses that have stigma attached to them like HIV and AIDS. My initial reaction upon hearing this was “I thought everyone knew that.” I could have sworn I saw someone, somewhere on social media discussing how Lupin was a metaphor for people living with HIV. It may have just been a fan theory.
That brings me to my second reaction. Is JK just digging through fan theories to find something she can retroactively say is canon? That’s what it feels like at this point. Between this, saying Dumbledore was gay, and the majority of Cursed Child, it really feels like she’s just going through AO3 and picking whatever she likes to make canon.
It’s quite sad actually. It’s almost like she doesn’t wanna let go of the Harry Potter universe. In the process of not letting go, she’s kinda destroying what she built. It really sucks and I (and about 95% of the fandom) really wish she would just stop. Just let go and let the fans have fun and develop theories. Let us have fun and she can go off and create something new and wonderful (or just play in all that money she’s made off of Harry Potter).