I loved watching Harry Potter as a youngster. Especially since I was the perfect age group as I was roughly the same age as the characters when the films came out. But as much as I adore the series, it’s hard to support Rowling’s sudden need to add diversity in her retellings of the tale. Racial and LGBT representation was absent in the series.
Instead of admitting that diversity was an afterthought in the process Rowling has been trying to say diversity was there all along. As much as I do like that Dumbledore was gay, it’s getting uncomfortable just seeing every tweet about his romantic and sex life because it was never a part of the story.
It’s kind of like she suddenly thought ‘what if just say Dumbledore gay?’ and just ran with it. But not because he actually was, but to keep up with the trend that is diversity. All inclusion is nice, but inclusion without the right intent is just annoying. It’s similar to makeup brands including wider shade ranges because it’s a trend, and not because they see a need to include everyone.
So, the reason I’m even writing this is because of her most recent statement about Dumbledore and Grindewalds’ relationship:
“Their relationship was incredibly intense. It was passionate, and it was a love relationship. But as happens in any relationship, gay or straight or whatever label we want to put on it, one never knows, really, what the other person is feeling. You can’t know, you can believe you know. So I’m less interested in the sexual side—though I believe there is a sexual dimension to this relationship—than I am in the sense of the emotions they felt for each other, which ultimately is the most fascinating thing about all human relationships.”
Next time writers try to diversify their cast, maybe they should consider doing it whilst writing the actual book – let’s leave making racial and LGBT representation as an afterthought in 2018.