MuggleNet Interviews Representative of HP Fans Against Transphobia Coalition
The announcement of a television reboot of the Harry Potter series has been met with mixed reactions. While some fans of the Wizarding World franchise are eagerly awaiting the new show, planned for the streaming service Max, others are not looking forward to it for various reasons. Yesterday, MuggleNet published a piece covering an open letter and associated petition opposing the reboot due to concerns surrounding the views of author J.K. Rowling.
We were able to interview Lark Malakai Grey in his capacity as a representative of HP Fans Against Transphobia, the coalition behind the open letter and petition, for more information on the coalition’s efforts.
First, Grey discussed the response to the open letter and petition from the fandom community, explaining in part the drive of many fans of the Harry Potter series to achieve justice in the real world.
The Harry Potter fandom community is largely made up of folks who care deeply about justice, which is a big part of what drew many of us to the series in the first place. The message of Harry Potter is that it’s important to stand up and fight against bigotry and bullies, and as fans of the series, we have taken that to heart.
Grey also gave his thoughts on how the reboot series – described when it was announced as spanning seven seasons to correspond with each of the seven Harry Potter books – could affect the fandom.
Something I’ve noticed since the reboot was announced is that Rowling’s bigotry isn’t the only reason folks aren’t excited about it: people also just aren’t interested in another interpretation of the original series. So while I very much hope that the show never makes it to air, I don’t think it will last more than a single season if it does. The fandom simply doesn’t want this show.
One of the main questions we had for Grey was whether removing J.K. Rowling’s stated involvement in the series as an executive producer would affect the coalition’s stance.
I’m sure there are different feelings amongst the signers about this, but I believe most of us are in agreement that any project stemming from her intellectual property, whether or not she is directly involved, is a tacit endorsement of her bigotry. She has been clear that she interprets her royalty cheques as a sign that people endorse her transphobic behavior, and she uses her money and platform to actively harm trans people, so there really isn’t a way to create new official Wizarding World content without encouraging her bigotry.
New Wizarding World content is being released constantly, with Harry Potter: Quidditch Champions announced as the latest video game title in the franchise in April. With more content likely to come, Grey also gave his thoughts on how members of the fandom could choose to approach these future extensions of the franchise.
Each new addition to the Wizarding World franchise is an opportunity for fans to fight for a better world. Deciding not to purchase a video game is even easier than signing a petition (which only takes 30 seconds!), and it saves you money, too! I hope that more and more fans recognize how powerful we are when we come together and use that collective power to make the world a better, safer place for trans people, and thereby, for everyone.
You can read the full transcript of MuggleNet’s interview with Lark Malakai Grey below.
To read the open letter from HP Fans Against Transphobia or to sign the petition yourself, visit Action Network.