The mother of the famous Harry Potter novel, writer J.K. Rowling has recently made a subtle statement of alleged transgender discrimination. This mouth of the writer has created a fever of strong opposition not only from fans but also famous actors through Harry Potter movies.
However, if you turn back the previous facts about J.K. Rowling, we can easily see that this is not the first time you’ve gotten into a scandal.
1. Rumor spread
Dumbledore is gay to increase sales for Fantastic Beasts
In the 7 original Harry Potter books of J.K. Rowling, no character has been identified as gay, bisexual, transgender or any other aspect of LGBTQ +. But in 2007, a few months after the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released, Rowling revealed that Dumbledore was gay. “My most sincere answer is … I always thought Dumbledore was gay. Dumbledore falls in love with Grindelwald, which makes him even more terrified when Grindelwald shows his true nature. ”
The character of Grindelwald, as in the last book, is revealed to be a dark sorceress living next to Dumbledore’s house when both were teenagers. The two initially had a close relationship and shared a passion for the magical world but later turned to confront each other.
Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) and Dumbledore (Richard Harris)
This disclosure by female writer J.K. Rowling aims to pave the way for the brand new Fantastic Beasts, starting with the first film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). The film focuses on the witch Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), who is later involved in the plot of Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). When asked about Dumbledore’s role in this movie, J.K. Rowling said: “I can’t tell everything I want to say because it’s a five-part story so there’s a lot to solve in that relationship. We will see that he is in the early stages of maturation and his gender is involved in this. ”
Jude Law plays Dumbledore and Johnny Depp as Grindelwald as a child.
Besides those who expressed support for this share of J.K. Rowling also has many fans that she is trying to attract attention for the new book. Elisabeth Joffe, a longtime Harry Potter fan and self-proclaimed gay, shared, “I didn’t expect a gay movie in the Fantastic Beasts series. The idea for Dumbledore falling in love with Grindelwald is not necessary for the plot that surprised me. ”
Most other fans believe that Dumbledore’s sexual orientation details are not a good hidden detail for book fans. This is an integral part of the character that makes the story more profound and meaningful, so this detail should have been mentioned at the beginning. Dumbledore’s sexual orientation is only confirmed through a few public tweets from J.K. Rowling, rather than on the big screen or in previous books, is thought to be a testament to the fact that female writers are only trying to increase sales of new books.
2. Lowering Asian women through the character Cho Chang?
The character Cho Chang was introduced through the book Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), the only girl in Ravenclaw’s Quidditch team and immediately attracted Harry. This Asian woman initially initially made fans very excited but when she read the book and watched the movie, many people were quite upset with the writer’s treatment of women in general and specifically Asian people.
Katie Leung as Cho Chang.
The first is the name Cho Chang, many viewers discovered that “Cho” and “Chang” are Korean family names when the character was supposed to be Chinese. In contrast, if the character is Chinese, her name is Mandarin (Mandarin) and the nearest name in Cantonese is Cheung Chau. However, the name Cheung Chau has nothing to do with Cho Chang while Katie Leung is said to be Cantonese. Through this unique naming screen, J.K. Rowling is said to have not fully understood Eastern culture.
Cho Chang belongs to the Ravenclaw family.
Next, Cho Chang is said to have been J.K. Rowling is stereotypical about Asian women when the character is placed in the Ravenclaw family, which is the home for the most nerd-minded. In addition to Cho Chang, Ravenclaw gathers Indian twins and five of Hogwarts of black color, this details to show that the author is not a racist but the group of people with no skin color white of the school in a group seems like something is wrong?
Cho Chang was also built as a blonde girl crying because of love and running after the white boy. This is a familiar motif in other works like Miss Saigon about a Vietnamese girl who loves the white soldier who then broke up and committed suicide. Cho Chang was built as a beautiful, kind and good character, but the number of times she cries because Harry Potter is more than the number of lines. Meanwhile, Harry is interested in Ginny because she does not cry when angry and Ron constantly says that Cho’s feelings are a burden. This shows that Harry ran away from Cho when she proved to need more attention and into the arms of someone who didn’t expect much of him.
3. Choose an actress who plays Hermione as a black person to show that she does not discriminate against black people?
When the black actress Noma Dumezweni was cast as Hermione in the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in 2016, there were a lot of racist sarcasm appearing online targeting Rowling. The writer immediately responded, “The standards of brown eyes, messy hair and very intelligent are not indicated for white skin. Rowling loves the girl of color Hermione. ”
Fans generally agree with supporting black people however J.K. Rowling is not satisfactory. An excerpt from the book Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban) has the saying: “White face of Hermione is evoked from behind a tree”. So is this not a claim that the female lead in the Harry Potter series is white?
A black actress Noma Dumezweni was selected by the author J.K. Rowling should have probably bent the standards she had written in the book to protect Dumezweni. However, many fans have felt insulted when their childhood idol was changed rather than the problem of color discrimination. The audience questioned whether they would see other versions of Hermione as Muslims and then white or yellow. So in the end what would a consistent Hermione model be like?