"Trump supporters, meanwhile, are now openly vowing to rid the US of non-whites (referred to as “MUDS”) in America entirely." http://qz.com/833607/us-election-a-rash-
- Muds Straight out of Harry Potter, effing NIMBY pro-WASP story about a Jesus-hero who can't mature past wondering when his slave will bring him a bloody sandwhich! It could have been a great series, with a great message, that made kids not just interested in reading but in being more compassionate- in growing up to fight hate instead of being blind to it. Maybe today's news headlines would be different... maybe not... but I wouldn't be wondering. Those "lets make a utopia wizarding world on earth" fans made me sick from the moment I heard of them. Were they completely blind to the whitewashing, twisted morality, regurgitated homophobic symbolism, ableism, sloppy self-serving offensive misuse of living history etc etc....? Did they see it, but not care, or did they actually see it and yet still think that that was the way to a better future? "She didn't mean it that way" / "it was just all in good fun", is no excuse; (it may not have been intentional; writing was cheap therapy for depression and stress, but also out came the toxicity she was raised up on (that we all are raised up on to some extent or another), and that was left on the pages, unexamined, or worse, turned into a punchline. )
I don't care if she makes a smart twitter now and then; her stories and their symbolism are what lodged in people's minds. Even when the details are forgotten, or the dots of the symbolism aren't consciously connected, they still fester at the back of the mind, and come out later, in words, or worse, in actions.
Using the series (its slogans, symbols, etc) to show solidarity at this juncture is just utterly disturbing to me. It's like holding up 1984 or It Can't Happen Here or The Handmaid's Tale as a book we can symbolically unite under... except that THOSE books would make sense because they were MEANT to be dystopian warnings to guard against... Harry Potter doesn't realise that its dystopian, that it begins screwed up, and the hero's winning means that everything can go back to the same screwed up status que, just without a charasmatic leader (which is almost worse, becuase who/how do you fight that? and before you figure it out, a new meglomaniac will likely come fill the vacuum). That inability to recognise itself as dystopian makes it, and the people that hold JKR's world up as 'harmless fun' or worse, 'an utopia to strive for', all the more disturbing and disgusting.
I seriously don't know why the people who were banning and burning those books (and sadly, we know some) weren't using them for raising up their little army of bigots; it was practically a manual in how to do Evil, under the banner of 'being Right'/being 'christian', and getting away with it, because it is for the 'greater good', where 'greater good' is New Speak for supporting sexism, queerphobia, xenophobia, racism, etc etc. 100 points to Gryffindor for the Gallant use of a bloody Unforgivable!