Tuesday, January 25, 2022

On Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling’s Transmisogyny, and What We Owe Each Other - Teen Vogue

Last updated Friday, January 7, 2022 10:11 ET , Source: NewsService

In this edition of Stitch's Fan Service column, pop culture and fandom writer Stitch looks at the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special on HBO Max in light of J.K. Rowling's ongoing transmisogyny.

Most former and present fans of Harry Potter probably remember where they were when they first encountered the series. Maybe you discovered the books in your elementary school library, or caught the last part of a movie on TV. Your engagement intensified. Maybe you stood in line at Barnes & Noble for midnight book releases, joined a local Quidditch team, or marathoned all eight films with friends as a holiday tradition. Every bit of merchandise, media, and press coverage after Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hinges on triggering feelings of nostalgia, reminding fans that they were once part of a like-minded community that encompassed millions of people around the world.

And millions of people probably watched the new HBO Max special Return to Hogwarts, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter movie. The two-hour special highlights the impact the films have had on generations of fans who have watched them religiously — and the impact the films had on the actors who brought the characters to life. But the special does little to address the hippogriff in the room: author J.K. Rowling’s increasing transmisogyny, the role Harry Potter content plays in funding her hate, and the ongoing criticisms of bigotry embedded in the books and films...

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