‘Harry Potter’ Series Author J.K. Rowling’s Latest Queer Reveal Met with Lukewarm Reaction from the LGBTQ Community

JK ROWLING

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J.K. Rowling, the beloved author of the popular novel series “Harry Potter,” is under fire.

The reason? The British author has a habit of revealing through twitter that certain characters in the “Harry Potter” world are queer. The fans seemed to appreciate it at first, however, many found it disingenuous later on.

As per CNN, it seemed that the author keeps on making her characters “queer” post-publishing, so as to appear as an ally and score some imaginary “brownie points” within the LGBT community.

The cause of the backlash? During the interview for the Blu-Ray edition of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” Rowling elaborated on Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald, and said, “their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship.”

One user tweeted, “you had your chance to make Dumbledore/Grindelwald gay when you, you know, wrote the books/made the movies.”

A Cheap Proclamation

Many see this move by the author as an attempt to “commodify” the LGBTQ community, and was seen as superficial, and patronizing.

In fact, in the past, the author has made proclamations, which was perceived as tone deaf, such as saying Lycanthrophy was a metaphor for HIV, and Hermione was black, despite no indication of it on the books.

The author’s habit of revealing these traits through Twitter, also didn’t help, as it made these rather serious matters, trivial, as it was revealed as just interesting tidbits in the story. Moreover, apart from these revelations, the author also has failed to highlight these supposed queer elements to the movies.

Just the latest movie alone, the “Crimes of Grindelwald” didn’t provide any hint of Dumbledore’s supposed homosexuality, prompting many to call these as nothing more than a cheap proclamation.

As the “Harry Potter” series remains as one of the most influential novel and movies in history, representation in these art forms remain powerful and significant.

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