Quidditch players from across the globe are ready to deliver a bludger to the name of the sport they so deeply love, thanks in part to You-Know-Who.
No, not Voldemort, but J.K. Rowling, a woman now known for needlessly expressing transphobic views who created the sport for her Harry Potter book series.
Remember when women were encouraged to express their opnions regardless of societal disapproval? Reader, I do...
Fans began to lose faith in Rowling back in 2017 when, despite damming allegations of abuse against Johnny Depp, she backed the actor who was then starring in her Fantastic Beasts series. (He was later replaced for the third film by Mads Mikkelsen.)
No, 'fans' didn't at all. A tiny and unrepresentative minority did, and did their level best to bring her to heel. But that lady's not for turning.
And it turned out she was right all along about the messy Depp/Heard allegations. Which is what really rankles, I suspect...
Things took a huge turn a few years later, though, when Rowling began (and continued to) make it publicly clear she held unabashed transphobic views and was infuriatingly stubborn about it.
She doesn't hold any such views, and if the author of this piece could be honest with his readership for once, he'd have to acknowledge it.
It’s a truth that has continued in the public eye—up to and including last week. Along the way, Rowling’s leading men much such as Daniel Radcliffe and Eddie Redmayne have condemned her actions, while Warner Bros. has remained unconvincingly obtuse as it continues to mine the Harry Potter franchise for all its worth.
Because Warner know what this screed is trying desperately to conceal; most people who lap up the films and books and other merchandise just don't care, and probably share her views too. Because they are mainstream views, and will be for the next twenty or thirty years, at least...
Variety obtained a statement from Rowling’s representation: “The Quidditch Premier League, U.S. Quidditch and Major League Quidditch have never been endorsed or licensed by J.K. Rowling,” which, of course, is also at the center of the problem here.
Rowling may be saying good riddance, but hopefully, her dismissiveness is enough for all these organizations to cut their ties once and for all.
Why should she be anything but 'dismissive'? She's on the right side of this pathetic little war you're trying to foment. And she knows it.
And if you could be honest for once, you'd admit you know it too...