An open letter to J.K. Rowling: Move on from Harry Potter

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An open letter to J.K. Rowling: Move on from Harry Potter

Seth Householder, Co-Editor-in-Chief

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Dear J.K. Rowling,

It’s time to stop changing “Harry Potter” and move on. It’s gotten ridiculous at this point. Your constant revisions to the world we love got old and fast. Wizards didn’t have toilets back in the 1600s so they did their business on the floor. Hermione is black. Dumbledore is gay and had an “intense sexual relationship” with Grindelwald. These are just some examples of the changing you seem to like too much. You change this world that many of us love to include political commentary, not of the time that it was written, but of the present day, to suit your views on the world and to make the Wizarding World seem as “woke” as you claim to be.

You’ve fallen into the trap that many authors fall into – oversharing. Fans should’ve seen it coming when you opened the popular website “Pottermore” or penned the “Fantastic Beasts” screenplays or the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” play, but we didn’t. You refuse to leave this wonderful world alone, whether that be because it’s the only thing that makes you any money or you’re afraid you can’t write anything else well. Sometimes, the magic of a world comes from the fact that not everything is revealed and is left up to the readers, and by oversharing, you’re taking that joy away from them. It was cute at first – maybe even a novelty of an idea – but just like in real life, where there are some aspects of people’s lives you’d prefer they kept to themselves, you’ve gotten to the point where people don’t want to hear more.

I’m not jumping on the “Rowling hate train,” because I think the universe you’ve created is quite esteemed, well-loved and has something for everyone to enjoy, but I think we know enough about this universe now and I’d love to see what you can do outside of the Wizarding World. Create another universe. Why not? Sure, it won’t be as successful as “Harry Potter,” but you are J.K. Rowling, and people will love whatever you create – even more books like “A Casual Vacancy” or your poetic ventures under the Robert Galbraith moniker would be nice.

Right now, one of the larger problems is with the “canon,” also known as the official timeline of events. Your fans are starting to create “head canons,” or what they believe to be the canon of “Harry Potter,” not the actual canon you have in mind. Head canons are never good – just look at what happened to “Star Wars.” Many people don’t even consider Episodes 7, 8 and 9 to be a part of the true canon. In fact, many people refuse to acknowledge ”Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” as a part of the canon. It’s time to stop changing the Wizarding World and move on.


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