Okay, so, I am a transwoman. I've been a Harry Potter fan since I was old enough to pick up and read a Harry Potter book. More than any other fandom, this is the one I was raised on. I am hurt and enraged by JK Rowling's behavior, and I will never have the same joy and interest in the series I once did. I'm not rushing out to buy the Lego Diagon Alley that I would have flipped for years ago. The Lego Hogwarts and Hogwarts Express and Knight Bus in my closet will likely never be displayed, despite how much Hogwarts cost me. When I was in Universal Studios Hollywood this past Winter, yea, I checked out the Wizarding World because I was already in the park, but I didn't buy any merchandise, and I didn't really enjoy it too much. I'm almost certainly not going to wear Ravenclaw clothes or accessories ever again. This has effected me deeply on an emotion level, and I feel, above all, betrayed. And the more Rowling outs herself, the more I realize how Harry Potter isn't Feminist at all, how the goblins are pretty anti-Semetic, how, as a progressive American, I chould have been offended by house elves much sooner, and so forth.
That said, JK Rowling doesn't get to take a massive part of my childhood away by being such a bitch. She does not, in fact, own this story she gave the world. She doesn't own my relationship to Harry Potter, and I'm not going to systematically destroy all of my childhood joy. She doesn't get to take away that joy of being 25, able to afford to travel abroad for the first time ever, and getting my picture taken at Platform 9 3/4s on a chilly London winter's day. Which is to say, I'm not going to throw my books or DVDs out. I'm not going to display or wear merch again, I'm not going to buy merch again, and I'll never respect JK Rowling again, but I'm not going to never read the series again, or never watch the movies again. This series is my childhood, and she doesn't get to take that away from me. I'll never love it the way I once did, or openly display that love, but I'll never fully abandon it.
Which leads me to this game. Honestly? Probably buying it whenever I get my hands on a PS5. Yea, fuck JK Rowling. She didn't write this game, though. I believe WB Games when they say she wasn't involved. And when I say she doesn't get to take the Potterverse away from me, well, I'd love to see someone else's take on the world, rather than her's. And given Rowling's notable distaste of video games, I can believe she just wasn't intPost too long. Click here to view the full text.