Prolific writer J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has gained infamy in recent weeks for her Twitter statements on transgender issues. Amidst a cultural debate about “cancellation,” this has been brought to the forefront. Should the Harry Potter series be disregarded as a response to its authorial bias?
No, the Harry Potter series should not be “canceled”
J.K. Rowling has recently garnered widespread attention for her transphobic statements, but this does not mean her work is not pivotal for many young people.
Harry Potter has cultural value and has shaped a generation outside of Rowling’s direct influence
J.K. Rowling is not the be-all, end-all of the Harry Potter series. She created it, but it continues to exist outside of her original written work. The series is important for an entire Harry Potter fandom who love the books and use the world to create fanworks.
J.K. Rowling is not transphobic, so neither she nor Harry Potter should be canceled
Rowling has made controversial comments regarding gender identity, but her statements were never attacking individuals or a whole group, nor intended to be harmful. The extreme reaction to her comments reflects society's tendency to dramatize intent and peer judge culturally relevant activities.
Rowling does not deserve to profit from her transphobia, and we should not indulge her hateful rhetoric for the sake of personal gain.
J.K. Rowling profits from continued media exposure through the Harry Potter series
“All press is good press” is a marketing tactic that has been co-opted in recent years by conservative outlets. By scrutinizing Rowling and her platform, the movement she speaks for gains national attention, whereas it might otherwise fizzle out into unawareness.