J. K. Rowling has been in hot water recently for opinions she has expressed on social media. This article will focus on Rowling’s use LGBTQ+ as a social trend in her writing and why it’s deceitful to her fans.
Rowling is best known as the author of the amazing and popular Harry Potter series. I know many fans and friends who are grateful for her writing. I want to preface this by stating that I am a tremendous fan of Rowling and her writing, but I have noticed social trends she uses in her writing now that were not always typical of the author.
First, Rowling originally told her fans she “always thought of Dumbledore as gay” in 2007. During this time, a lot was changing in the LGBTQ+ community as same-sex marriage laws were constantly being revised, pride parades were happening all over the world, and anti-discrimination legislation was being passed. The LGBTQ+ community was expanding in this time, so keep that in mind when reading the next sections.
Rowling had a habit of creating characters to be better versions of themselves after the fact, a prime example being the transformation she envisioned for Dumbledore. Rowling took the LGBTQ+ community and tried to incorporate it into Harry Potter, even though the last book had already been published. It seemed like Rowling told her fans Dumbledore was gay to impress them, but fans see this as Rowling doing the bare minimum to include the LGBTQ+ community in her writing.
Rowling acts deceitful towards her fans by trying to create an inclusive space when one wasn’t initially present. I feel that Rowling was trying to be inclusive, but ended up failing miserably. This would have been a lot different if Rowling had written Dumbledore as gay originally. It wasn’t enough for her fans to just be told this information, but they would have preferred to see it on screen or in the writing itself. Her writing never captured those moments, which is what left fans wondering how inclusive Rowling really was.
Overall, I am still a fan of Rowling’s writing. I found it peculiar Rowling suddenly wanted to include the LGBTQ+ community in her writing when it wasn’t there before. It seemed like she wanted to keep up with the social trends of the LGBTQ+ community instead of truly including them.
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