OPINION | This article contains political commentary which reflects the author's opinion.
Somehow 20 years have passed since the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first of eight films based on J.K. Rowling’s wildly popular children’s book series. (That hasn’t exacerbated my existential crisis related to aging at all, and I’m totally fine.) To celebrate, HBO Max is releasing a retrospective on the making of the film, called A Return to Hogwarts.
If you’re struggling to find a reason to care, consider this for a healthy dose of what the f*ckery: J.K. Rowling will not be featured, presumably due to her somehow controversial tweets about biology.
The tweets, in case you somehow managed to miss them, began with a cheeky response to the phrase “people who menstruate”:
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?
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— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
Aaaaand shit promptly hit the fan. Because in the new world order, the female experience is up for grabs to whomever wants it. Formerly unique aspects of being a woman are no longer unique. Motherhood? There’s only parenthood. Being on the receiving end of a disproportionate amount of sexual violence? Your safe spaces are discriminatory. We can’t even have menstruation to ourselves anymore.
In response, Rowling doubled down on the validity of supporting trans people and also acknowledging biological realities (how radical), and emotionally underdeveloped people everywhere rushed to tattoo parlors in tears to get their deathly hallows tattoos covered up. Maybe there’s a lesson in there about basing your entire grown ass personality on a children’s book series.
So now J.K. isn’t invited to the retrospective of a series that literally would not exist without her. Never mind that she’s the only reason we all know the names Daniel Radcliffe or Emma Watson. Forget about the careers she launched, the millions she made Hollywood elites, and the cultural monolith her stories became. Disregard the $160 million she’s donated to charities—enough to lose her billionaire status. She wrote a naughty tweet so now we must cancel her forever.
Glad we have our priorities straight.