So the other week I was at a friends house, and the conversation briefly touched on Harry Potter. I’m a huge fan, like many of the those in the literate world, or as they used to be I guess. I’ve been careful not to mention HP fandom around my friend because she always brings up how “she’s mad at JK still!” I haven’t wanted to broach the subject because she’s very aggressive and not a great listener on many issues, and I wasn’t going to talk to her about it when she clearly has demonstrated her unwillingness to even discuss things outside of her world view.
This time however, once it was mentioned, I asked her if she had actually read the statement that JK had released... of course she hadn’t, but she explained to me that “this has been a long time coming”. She explained sadly that JK was homophobic, because lupin’s werewolf disease represents the aids epidemic (i don’t know how that’s homophobic... gay men did suffer an epidemic which was largely and tragically ignored by the public) and that she also hates Jews??? Of course I don’t believe that, and she didn’t offer any proof. Has anyone else ever heard of that? Is that a new thing?
I was just disappointed, but not surprised. As soon as I asked if she had actually read what JK said, (and I mentioned I had and it didn’t seem hateful to me at all) she immediately moved goalposts, and was vehemently saying “she’s the kind of feminist who only thinks that women who have periods are women - it’s terfy and horrible.” She described how terrible these women are who believe biological women are women, and here I’m standing there awkwardly thinking, “well that’s me.”
Idk what I’m looking for here. Just feels good to talk about it and not be told I’m terrible for caring about women’s rights. I have no hate for trans people, or any people at all of course. But I want to be able to talk about how great HP is and not feel like it’s a political discussion, because saying a woman is a woman shouldn’t be a ground breaking thing, and it certainly isn’t hate speech.