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why you shouldn’t have been celebrating harry potter’s birthday

August 15, 2020

this article is going to hurt.
writing these very words hurts.
and if you know me, even just a little, please know that my intentions are never, ever, to hurt anyone.
which is, in a very paradox way, the reason I’m writing this.
because it fucking hurts.
people scream trans rights from every rooftop but once they could actually do something more than that, even if that means letting go of something dear, then suddenly “they separate the art from the artist”
no.
just no.
“separating the art from the artist” is impossible.
and I’ll tell you why.

thank you @my_weird_bookish_heart for this beautiful comprehension

so now we all know for sure how problematic the books are, and that our most hated author’s opinions are all over her books.
maybe you didn’t do so yet but I can hardly believe that.
in times of google and social networks ignorance is a choice.
if you follow any decent bookstagram accounts I’m sure you knew.
which makes celebrating hp’s birthday even worse.
because you knew and didn’t drew the consequences.
trans creators have been telling us, you, how hurtful her books are while they really weren’t obligated to.
however they did. we should be thankful for that kind of education from people who really experienced enough and don’t need to recall it every time someone likes their post.
and you ignored it.
instead you chose to continue magnifying their trauma because
“Harry Potter was your favorite childhood book”.
you know what?
screw you.
no seriously, no one needs that performative shit.
when you rather congratulate a fucking fictional character than stand with your trans siblings than you definitely need to reflect on your actions and motivations.
if a book written by such a hateful person means more to you than the feelings of other human beans than you aren’t a cute nerd or a potterhead, you actually have a problem.
wow.
fuck.
too much hate.
too much tension.
which is so wrong!
I love you! You guys are gorgeous and reflected and progressive and I’m really screaming at the wrong people here!
so don’t let me scream at you — scream with me!
or even better: be rational.
be informative and prepared towards transophobes and other assholes while your trans siblings are full of rage.
it’s not an ally’s place to be angry.
we need to be calm and lift the voices of the unheard up instead of once again drowning them in our own noise.

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4 Comments

  • Reply my_weird_bookish_heart August 15, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    I can’t stress how important this is and how much I love you for speaking up about it!! People needed to prioritize actual trans lives over a fictional Birthday- i dont see a single reason why any bookstagrammer would’ve even hesitated before choosing one. Though somebody started the hashtag #transstack and so many people posted trans ownvoices books on July 31st, that was incredible to see!! I do believe people are changing and hopefully, next year you won’t have to make this post again 🙂

    • Reply Emily August 18, 2020 at 9:08 am

      I hope so too!
      thank you for you engagement ♥

  • Reply Adrienne B September 3, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you so much for speaking up about this!

    • Reply Emily September 4, 2020 at 8:02 pm

      I tried 🙂

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