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Day 122: JK done did it again!

More retroactive “representation”! Give her a hand everyone!

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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.

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Day 106: So, let me tell you guys a story…

On last night’s post about JK Rowling and queer baiting, someone wrote a comment about how she shouldn’t have mentioned Dumbledore’s “sexual taste” in the books. They went on to say that Albus and Scorpius were “so hooking up in the slytherin dorms”. This greatly annoyed me. They essentially made the assumption that being gay was all about sex. That’s not exactly true.

We, as a society, have this idea in our heads that being gay, bisexual, or pansexual is all about sex while being straight involves love. That is, at the very least, annoying. It can be considered extremely offensive. There’s nothing wrong with queer people having sex, but I’m so tired of people thinking that’s all we do.

We can fall in love too. We have families and friends that we love. We have children that we love. There’s a lot of love in us that doesn’t get recognized because straight people are focused on sexualizing us for their gaze.

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Day 105: Rowling loves queer baiting.

I remember reading the last Harry Potter book and coming to the section that described Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship and just waiting for it to explicitly say that they were dating or in love. I remember being ready to settle for it to say that Dumbledore simply had a crush on him and it was entirely one-sided. I just remember waiting for it to explicitly say that there was something other than friendship there.

It never happened though and it left me feeling kind of… blah. It felt unresolved. Like that relationship wasn’t explained the best way it could have been.

Then when Rowling came out later to say that Dumbledore was gay, it felt like a cop-out almost. Like she could have made this explicitly clear in the book but she chose not to. She chose instead to beat around the bush and then claim later that it was proper queer representation. I’m sorry, but it really wasn’t and still isn’t.

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Day 91: About Dumbledore and Snape

Most people have a phase in their teenage years where they swear up and down they’re “in love” with a person. If you look at Snape’s fucked up home life and the shit he went through at school, it becomes not-so-surprising that he formed an unhealthy attachment to Lily (and really anyone who “accepted” him). James and Sirius’s bullying didn’t help matters at all.

James was allowed to grow and develop a bit. I say “a bit” because it’s said he still tormented Snape in later years, he just did it when Lily wasn’t around. (Can’t let his girlfriend see he’s still being a dick to her former friend.) James also had a healthy relationship with parents who loved and supported him. Hell, everyone loved him.

Snape didn’t have that. Snape is rejected by the girl he formed an unhealthy attachment to, he (most likely) doesn’t have supportive or loving parents, most of the school hates him just based off the fact he’s a Slytherin (even back then Slytherin = evil to most people), and there’s the regular teenage crap. The only other people who are remotely accepting of Snape just so happen to be future Death Eaters. That’s not a coincidence.

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Day 85: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — Part One (Spoilers)

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So I’m done with Part One. This is fanfic. I know people have said it over and over, but they’re right. It’s complete and utter, queerbaiting fanfic. This is like wannabe slash, time travel au, crackfic that’s too afraid to have Albus and Scorpius say “I like you” or (god forbid) “I love you”.

JK does her usual thing of having these obviously queer characters develop crushes on girls that seemingly come out of nowhere. Like, ok, let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and say that both Albus and Scorpius are bi. Maybe they like girls too. That’s understandable, but for Scorpius to develop a crush on a girl who obviously hates him and who he has little to no contact with and Albus to develop one on a woman who just pops up in his house one day seems unlikely. These very forced crushes are extremely underdeveloped and nowhere near believable at this point.

Another thing that bothers me is the supremely overdramatic personalities of Harry, Albus, and Draco. It’s like she copied Emo Harry’s personality from Order of the Phoenix and pasted it on adult Harry, Albus, and adult Draco. At one point she has Draco mocking Harry by, and I kid you not, mimicking his voice. They’re in their late 30’s to early 40’s at that point. They’re way too old for that. I can understand Albus being slightly overdramatic and sullen, that’s part of being a teenager. Harry, on the other hand, has no excuse.

She also made Harry into a super controlling father. After some time travel shenanigans go down, Harry is convinced that Scorpius is a bad influence on Albus. So, he does the totally sensible thing of threatening both his own child and Minerva McGonagall. He tells Minerva to use the Marauder’s Map to keep an eye on Albus and Scorpius. If they’re ever in the same place she’s supposed to separate them immediately. He arranged it so that they no longer had classes together, and demanded Albus stay in the common room whenever he wasn’t in class.

Essentially, Harry wanted control over every aspect of Albus’ life. That was one hell of a thing to see. I understand a parent being concerned if another child is a bad influence on their kid. I’m a parent too. I get that. What I don’t get and find inexcusable is threatening your child and demanding control over their every movement because of your fear. That is not acceptable. For JK to have that in there is troubling to say the least. I’m sure she’ll later have Harry redeem himself in some heroic fashion like she usually does, but it’s disconcerting that was in there to begin with.

I’m only done with part one so there’s a lot left to read. So far though, this is in the definite crackfic category. Since I refuse to accept the epilogue as canon, this is nothing but professional fanfic to me and has no bearing on my enjoyment of the original series. This is just a peek into the mind of a creator who really should’ve stopped while she was ahead.

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Day 60: “Only love can conquer hate.”

Every time I hear that phrase, I think of Harry Potter. More specifically, I think of that final  battle and the fight between Bellatrix Lestrange and Molly Weasley. You see, the whole theme of all the books from the very beginning was Love vs Hate. Lilly’s love for Harry protected him from Voldemort. Harry’s love for his friends and found family protected them from Death Eaters.

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