Harry Potter

I grew up in the Harry Potter generation – I stood in line for the books and movies (even dressed up for several of them); I listened to Harry Potter podcasts (when podcasts were just starting to be a thing); and I obsessively read all of the books, some to the point of breakage. The books had an incredible influence on me growing up and continue to have a special place in my heart. (I also really love this New York Times review of the last installment of the series.)

potterThere are so many things that I love about the books but I don’t think that the books (and movies) are perfect and I know for a fact that there are plenty of problematic things in both. The complete lack of diversity and whitewashing of the series is really problematic and Dumbledore doesn’t really even count a representation for the LGBTQ+ community.

Honestly, some of my favorite things about the Harry Potter universe are some of the head canons, fan theories, and criticisms that reshape the story and characters. I’ve found some really amazing fan theories and criticisms that I wanted to share here:

[Rachel Rostad – “To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang”]

Headcanons are also so amazing.

Ultimately, I do still get really emotional about the boy who lived but I also really love all of the critiques, headcanons, what ifs about the writing and the stories. (Don’t even get me started on the inconsistencies in the movies… There are so many.)


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