Should The Boy Who Lived Finally Die? Is J.K Rowling Is Ruining Harry Potter?

Harry Potter played a huge role in my childhood, and I will always love the story. However, I have concerns about the franchise which is still as strong as ever all this time later. There is something my younger self never thought I would utter: is it time for the Boy Who Lived to finally die?

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The Boy Who Lived

When Deathly Hallows Part 2 came out, I thought that was the last bit of Harry Potter content until the inevitable remake. I was sad at the thought of no longer having it to look forward to. 

The first film came out when I was 7 so all my life, I spent every year looking forward to the next movie. I put off reading the books until after they all came out so I could stay immersed in the Wizarding World for as long as possible. I could not have been more wrong about it being the end. Pretty soon we had Pottermore, a theme park in Orlando, and more.

Since 1997, Harry Potter has been non-stop. It refuses to die. It can’t die. 

The Wizarding World Disappointments

Personally I was a little disappointed by Pottermore. Then, I learned I wanted to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando one day. Now, in a very short period of time, we have Cursed Child, the Fantastic Beasts series, and games like Hogwarts Mystery.

For many fans, Cursed Child feels like fan-fiction, and hard to consider cannon. Crimes of Grindlewald broke existing cannon with the inclusion of Professor McGonagall – even though, I don’t believe she would have been born yet. I think Hogwarts Mystery was wasted potential.

Pottermore was the first disappointment I’d had with Harry Potter. I was hoping it would be a MMORPG game, that let us create avatars and walk around Hogwarts. Instead, you got a username you didn’t want, and wont remember. The “exploring” might as well have been an e-book. If not for the quizzes I wouldn’t go on Pottermore at all.

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The Death Of The Author

A lot of the fanbase no longer look up to J.K. Rowling due to her views on the transgender community, myself included. All the odds were against her like being a single mother out of an abusive relationship, suffering with depression, and the fact that The Philosopher’s Stone was rejected 12 times. She also gave so much money to charity that she lost her billionaire status. As a child, she was one of my heroes. 

I was having a conversation with Amy from writersblockwhat and the Death of the Author came up, and I think it’s particularly relevant to J.K Rowling. For those who don’t know what the Death of the Author is, it’s a literary term derived from Roland Barthes’ essay of the same name. Death of the Autor means the author’s background and opinions should have no relevance or influence on the text or perception of the text. Once you’ve published something, it’s out in the world for the reader’s to interpret.

I feel like J.K. Rowling tainted her own work by commenting on things she regretted doing, or revealing character details way after the books have come out. 

Diversity & Inclusion 

Hermoine being played by a Black actress in Cursed Child is great. Hermoine’s physical appearance doesn’t have any bearing on the plot.

I have no issue with the Cursed Child play casting. J.K Rowling tweeted that, Hermonie’s skin colour was never specified in the books. As Book Riot put it, the text of the Harry Potter books suggests Hermoine is white with dark, bushy hair, whereas, with other characters, their skin colour or ethnicity is more explicit, like Dean Thomas and Angelina Thompson. I think it would have been more sincere to simply say she liked the casting and welcomed the diversity, and leave it at that. 

While I know she doesn’t have full control over Fantastic Beasts, it is frustrating that Dumbledore is a canonically gay character, was in love with Grindelwald yet I felt the film kept skirting around it in Crimes of Grindelwald. Check out these queer YA books.

Her comments about the transgender community are not something I can stand by. Trans women are women. 

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If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, has your relationship changed with it or even other works, now that we live in a time where we know so much more about authors and creators?

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11 thoughts on “Should The Boy Who Lived Finally Die? Is J.K Rowling Is Ruining Harry Potter?

  1. I agree that it’s overkill as well. As much as I want the magic of HP to be kept alive, I don’t think this is the way to do it. They should have just kept replaying them on ITV!

  2. Thanks for this, and sadly I think you’ve got a point here 😔

    I’ve been to Orlando – you get to go on the Hogwarts Express! 😍 I’m yet to go to the Watford studios but I’m very tempted to go this Christmas when they’re making it all snowy ✨

  3. Harry Potter will hold a special place in my heart. It is the reason why I got into writing and literature. I wouldn’t be doing my Master degree, if it wasn’t for Harry Potter. But, J.K. Rowling needs to stop

  4. I have such a agree/disagree feel with this. I love harry potter. They did an amazing job with the movies and books. When I found out they were bringing out the fantastic beasts series, I was skeptical. But so far the first one was really good, and the second one is even better. I really actually liked the idea of making a story in the same world as harry potter, but without harry potter. I also love the parks, they’re amazing! It’s like my 10 year old dream come true. I can’t wait to go back, and if I do, I want to dress up! Great post, while I love what they’re doing so far, I also get nervous that she’s going to ruin everything too xx

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  5. Great post Aisling! I totally agree. I loved the Harry Potter books when I was a kid. My friends and I would go out in Harry Potter robes often on Halloween. I feel so done with it because of the fandom, JK Rowling, and the fact that corporations won’t let it go already. I want to see new stuff and originality in Hollywood.

    Part of it I think is because I’ve grown up. I’m not 10 anymore. Another thing is that all series and franchises need to come to an end eventually. I’d rather a series end on a strong note than keep going and become a shell of its former self.

    1. Hollywood is obsessed with nostalgia and remakes that there’s almost nothing new. People love and respect Lord of the Rings because it was left alone (3 hobbit movies was pushing it, but at least it was based on an already existing book)

  6. I have to admit, I agree. I love JK Rowling for creating this world, don’t get me wrong. She changed my childhood and life for the better. I loved the books, the movies, and don’t get me started on the Wizarding World parks- it’s like stepping into the movies! But I agree that Cursed Child was just fan fiction, and awful at that. I almost found it very disrespectful that grown Harry had to see the events of his parents dying. Plus, I thought JK Rowling always wanted Harry to have a normal, happy life at the end of the books, so why bring poor Harry back to deal with his idiot son and friend? Plus, she’s really putting her foot in her mouth (that’s putting it VERY mildly) with all of her tweets lately.

    And I personally really liked the first Fantastic Beasts movie, but I did not like Crimes of Grindelwald. The first movie honestly could have been a stand alone. I think JK should just let Harry be and live his life and maybe move on to different things. If nothing else, she could just write more Hogwarts schoolbooks so we can finally have things like Hogwarts, A History. That’s all I want, not Cursed Child or anything like that.

    Really good post!!!

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    1. I’ll always love what she created and my childhood was so magical, but exactly, she’s putting her foot in her mouth. Which is sad because I adore Newt and love that Eddie Redmane and Erza Miller are in the Wizarding Worlds, they just got the short end of the stick of a tainted franchise.

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