Hi. Many of you may have read my Open Letter to All Fandoms recently. I got a lot off my chest in that post, but I wanted to talk very specifically about Harry Potter for a bit.
Let me begin by establishing my Harry Potter nerd cred. I love Harry Potter. I have read every book and seen every movie. I went to midnight book releases and film showings. I have been to the theme park. I have a Hufflepuff robe and a Gryffindor robe. I have Hermione’s wand AND Time turner. I have a Nimbus 2001, a Hufflepuff scarf and tie. I even have a Harry Potter tattoo. When I tell you that I love Harry Potter, I mean it.
All of that being said, I have some beef with Harry Potter, mostly about how it completely and totally sucks at LGBTQ+ representation. Now, there’s so much going on with this topic that it’s going to take some effort for it not to just be a rambly incoherent mess. So I’ll organize this into three parts: What I wanted, What I got, and Why that isn’t enough.
If you want to comment on this, want to tell me that I’m overreacting or that I’m wrong or whatever, all I ask is that you really read all of this first. Please. Hear me out.