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Spoilers for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"

It’s interesting how TRAs are constantly looking for evidence in Rowling’s books that she was a bigot all along. The most widespread theory of theirs is probably that ridiculous bit about how the Goblins running Gringotts are supposed to represent Jews.

I don’t know how looking at the Goblins in the Harry Potter movies could make you think “Jews” unless you’re a massive antisemite yourself. But I do think I have discovered the REAL Terf dogwhistle in “Harry Potter,” and that is in its primary antagonist.

Tom Riddle was a lunatic who hated being who he was – a half-blood – despite the fact that it obviously didn’t matter as much as he thought it did. So what did he do? He changed his name. He came up with a stupid made-up name that was meant to cut ties with his previous identity and command the respect of those around him.

And it worked, on those who feared him at least. The people who feared him treated his new name with reverence, most were afraid to even speak it. But the real heroes of the book series – characters like Albus Dumbledore – they didn’t give a shit. They named and deadnamed Voldemort with impunity.

And all this comes to a climax with the final battle between Harry Potter and Voldemort. In the final moments, as Harry calmly explains to Voldemort how all of his master plans have gone terribly wrong, he proves he’s not afraid of Voldemort anymore either by throwing this final piece of disrespect:

“You don't learn from your mistakes, Riddle, do you?"

"You dare"

"Yes, I dare," said Harry. "I know things you don't know, Tom Riddle. I know lots of important things that you don't.”

That’s right, ladies and gents. He deadnames Voldemort. And doesn’t Voldemort react just like a trans person? The outrage. The “you dare.” The entitlement. He thinks the elder wand is his, but it will never be his. It was Harry’s all along.

It wasn’t as prominent in the movies, but it’s prominent in the books. Because remember, folks: it’s all just magic words. They only ever have the power that you give to them. So reject their power. Reject the “they who must not be named” shenanigans. When it comes to malevolent psychopaths insisting that you use their new titles, do what Harry and Dumbledore do: just say “no.”

**Spoilers for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"** It’s interesting how TRAs are constantly looking for evidence in Rowling’s books that she was a bigot all along. The most widespread theory of theirs is probably that ridiculous bit about how the Goblins running Gringotts are supposed to represent Jews. I don’t know how looking at the Goblins in the Harry Potter movies could make you think “Jews” unless you’re a massive antisemite yourself. But I do think I have discovered the REAL Terf dogwhistle in “Harry Potter,” and that is in its primary antagonist. Tom Riddle was a lunatic who hated being who he was – a half-blood – despite the fact that it obviously didn’t matter as much as he thought it did. So what did he do? He changed his name. He came up with a stupid made-up name that was meant to cut ties with his previous identity and command the respect of those around him. And it worked, on those who feared him at least. The people who feared him treated his new name with reverence, most were afraid to even speak it. But the real heroes of the book series – characters like Albus Dumbledore – they didn’t give a shit. They named and deadnamed Voldemort with impunity. And all this comes to a climax with the final battle between Harry Potter and Voldemort. In the final moments, as Harry calmly explains to Voldemort how all of his master plans have gone terribly wrong, he proves he’s not afraid of Voldemort anymore either by throwing this final piece of disrespect: > “You don't learn from your mistakes, Riddle, do you?" > "You dare" > "Yes, I dare," said Harry. "I know things you don't know, Tom Riddle. I know lots of important things that you don't.” That’s right, ladies and gents. He deadnames Voldemort. And doesn’t Voldemort react just like a trans person? The outrage. The “you dare.” The entitlement. He thinks the elder wand is his, but it will never be his. It was Harry’s all along. It wasn’t as prominent in the movies, but it’s prominent in the books. Because remember, folks: it’s all just magic words. They only ever have the power that you give to them. So reject their power. Reject the “they who must not be named” shenanigans. When it comes to malevolent psychopaths insisting that you use their new titles, do what Harry and Dumbledore do: just say “no.”

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The annoying thing about the "goblins are Jews" shit is that most of the antisemitic "proof" comes from the MOVIES (aka things that Rowling herself didn't design nor choose)

Plus, these assholes will call Rowling an antisemite and then immediately call for the Final Solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict. So they can fuck right off with using my people's oppression to slander an innocent woman

I'm always again surprised by the breath taking antisemitism of many so called leftists.

THANK YOU !! Omg I’ve had to stop talking to one of my socialist friend because he is antisemitic 🤢 it’s a huge problem here in the UK with prominent labour politicians spouting and agreeing with antisemitism. It’s disgusting.

Yeah the German left too is sooooo antisemitic it's not even funny anymore. Leftists who are supposedly pro human rights bashing the only country in the middle east where human rights are a thing smh and if you ask them why, it's always because they project American politics onto EVERYTHING. It's white vs brown people so obviously the brown people are oppressed and the whites are evil, even though the truth is there are white and brown people on both sides.....

[–] BlackCirce 🔮🐖🐖🐖 30 points

these assholes will call Rowling an antisemite and then immediately call for the Final Solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict

this is the ironic part that kills me. it’s like how they drag her for using the name Robert Galbraith because RG Heath did conversion therapy experiments, while at the same time they are the ones who support gay men and lesbians being physically converted into facsimiles of the opposite sex to make them straight. Like how does the hypocrisy not penetrate

"most of the antisemitic "proof" comes from the MOVIES (aka things that Rowling herself didn't design nor choose)"

Right?! People say the goblins have big noses -- but they don't in the books; she never describes their noses. But she does say in the books that Snape and Dumbledore have big noses; Snape also has "sallow" skin and black hair. And he, of course, turns out to be a hero.

I've never heard any of the "Rowling is antisemitic" people acknowledge that the only arguably semitic-looking person in the books is someone whom others dislike and suspect to be evil, but he's actually a hero, and the people who were prejudiced towards him are proven to be wrong.

i argue Snape was not a hero but a creepy incel hell bent on revenge. if lily wasn't killed he'd still be happy to be a death eater.

but i know that wasn't your point :)

My favorite is the way people freaked out about the six pointed star on the Gringotts floor. You know, the old six pointed Commonwealth star that was on the floor of a building called Australia House. 🙄

[–] goodyusername Team Terflair 11 points

I don't think most people have any idea how little power authors wield over the film adaptations of their books. Even at her/Stephen King type levels, it's not a given.

I don't think most people have any idea how little power authors wield over the film adaptations of their books. Even at her/Stephen King type levels, it's not a given.

And even if they wanted to give Rowling free reign on the movies, they couldn't because she's not a film maker and its not feasible for her to have her hands in EVERY aspect of the movies. IIRC, she got a say in casting and was able to look over the scripts (presumably so she could make sure they didn't contradict what she planned to put in the unwritten books in the future). But otherwise, she likely had no input because she was still writing the series when the earlier movies came out

[–] goodyusername Team Terflair 4 points

Yeah, even huge best-selling authors like Anne Rice and Lee Child had no say, famously.

Yeah they’re like movie goblins with hook noses = antisemitic, conflating Israeli politics with all Jews and championing people who committed terrorist acts against innocent Israelis = not antisemitic. OoOoOkay.

Adding on to your interpretation, the later HP books also take a dim view of soulless bureaucrats who abuse their power to force people to believe misinformation and brainwash them into compliance. If Dolores Umbridge isn’t the perfect analogue for a TRA handmaiden with political clout who’d gladly submit children to medical experimentation to further her own agenda, then I don’t know what is.

[–] jon 25 points

I love this!

I don’t know how looking at the Goblins in the Harry Potter movies could make you think “Jews” unless you’re a massive antisemite yourself.

same as black people / monkeys. If you hear monkey and think black person, maybe you're the problem

[–] yikesforever 6 points Edited

And when talking about predators they assume you mean trans.

[–] jon 4 points

Lol yep

"Say no to child abuse" "Stop victimising trans women"

Urh...

same as black people / monkeys. If you hear monkey and think black person, maybe you're the problem

This has always confused the hell out of me... I mean... Which monkeys are racists talking about here? Have these eejits ever actually seen monkeys?!

Look at a Javan Langur and then a ginger white dude...

Or look at a Japanese macaque and an old white hairy dude...

How on earth can they look at monkeys and think 'black people'?!??!! Monkeys can be ginger, grey, brown, black, white, yellow, orange, greenish and some are have bright pink faces or they're orange with bright blue faces FFS. Do these muppets think black people are orange with bright blue faces? Take a look in the mirror white dudes: white people saying black people look like monkeys is damn hypocritical, as well as so fucking dumb.

I mean they could mean chimpanzees... Even though chimps aren't monkeys... But has anyone ever noticed how chimps look like tanned, wrinkly, old white dudes who dye thier hair black? Like Tom Jones or Paul Mccartney.

Racists.... They're just SO FUCKING STUPID.

Yeah… that’s almost as cringey as people who got offended by the Taco Bell chihuahua in the 90s.

I’ll bet a vast majority of those individuals are white people getting offended on behalf of minorities, too.

Ive legit seen people on Twitter say that it’s problematic that Dumbledore deadnames Voldemort. Yes I’m serious.

“I know he’s a villain but you should always respect someone’s chosen name”

I've literally seen them make this argument though - that we should have known jk was a terf bc she made characters dead name Voldemort

[–] InfiniteGames 11 points Edited

I don't think JK was TERFing there so much as denying the fascist that aspect of their power. Likewise, the TRA movement behaves in very authoritarian/fascist ways. How could the Harry Potter author not recognize this?

It's the same thing with a lot of the spells in the series, iirc. It's been quite a bit since I've read the books, but there was a scene where a character tries to use the evil, instant killing spell and it doesn't kill their opponent because there wasn't real conviction behind it or something

[–] Eava 28 points

It was Order of the Phoenix. Harry tries to use it on Bellatrix Le Strange after she kills Serius, but it doesn't work. Right before she escapes she tells him, "You have to mean it, Potter!".

[–] jadegreen 3 points Edited

he manages to figure it out by the 7th book at least

i sorta love the bits of anti-hero we see where Harry's default to being really really pissed off is to (try to) throw the worst most illegal torture curse. Happened at the ends of book 5-7.

as annoying it was for me as a kid growing up with the series having it pivot from hero's journey (books1-4) to a more average joe who saves the world (5-7) because i wanted to see a hero kick ass and win epic battles on his own merits, in hindsight i appreciate the depth a lot more. Someone striving to do the right thing is a lot more meaningful than someone trying to do good things.

The Avada Kedavra spell? I forgot where this was. Which character was this?

[–] hontrapoints 3 points Edited

Yeah, that's the spell name. I can't remember who it was exactly. My gut is telling me it was in Order of the Phoenix, though

It was the crucio curse, not the killing one. Oops.

I want to post this ironically on a JK hate subreddit or something. Defs want to see the response

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