Thursday, March 10, 2016

A short(ish) rant

Sometimes people make me tired, and I really don't like them very much. This week it's been because of the backlash against J.K. Rowling's Pottermore updates on the North American wizarding community. You'll have to read those updates yourself, but people have been extremely irate about the content. They're accusing J.K. Rowling of not doing her homework and using sweeping generalizations about a country she knows little about, and, of course, they keep bringing up the bitter, unoriginal argument that this is just another cash grab.

Maybe the critics are right (except for that last point)—American history is a lot more complex than those mini-essays suggest.


J.K. Rowling gave the world an incredible gift when she shared Harry's story with the world. She has every right to craft that story however she wants. Fans (and haters) have no right to demand that new details conform perfectly with their hopes and politically correct agendas. Personally, I love hearing about any details she releases, but with the loud voices of easily offended Americans cluttering, well, everything, I wouldn't be surprised if J.K. Rowling kept things to herself from now on.

Is there a spell you can cast over an entire country to help people lighten up? That should be in J.K. Rowling's next update.

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