I love Harry Potter.
Recently I’ve started playing the Hogwarts Mystery game that you can download on your phone, and I’m really enjoying it. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m obsessed, I don’t go super far out of my way for it or spend money on it or anything, but it’s a nice little thing to poke around on when I need a couple minutes from the tedium of my job.
I’m not going to review the app, though. I mostly wanted to talk about how insanely far-reaching the universe of Harry Potter has become.
I love (most of the time) the Harry Potter community. I love that I’m a Gryffindor. I love that actually, technically I’m a Horned Serpent because I’m American, and I love that the series was so popular that the author was compelled to write all kinds of additional lore for the world, including some for my own country. I love that despite what the author says, I, and hundreds of other people believe that Harry retired from being an Auror quite early in his career and became the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor at Hogwarts, because headcanon is a thing, and that’s obviously what he should have done in the first place.
But if I’m honest, actually, I don’t love the books as much as you might expect.
The books, despite being the origin of such an amazing world, are hard for me to read. The antagonists, like Snape and Umbridge, are the types of characters that I simply refuse to believe exist. As naive and privileged as that kind of worldview is, it’s one that I need to maintain for my own sanity. The unfairness with which those characters treat the main characters causes me to have anxiety attacks, and so I tend to stick mostly to the fan theory and headcanon aspects of the community.
Some people might call that living in ignorance, and they’re not wrong. But until they’ve lived in my head and experienced what I experience, they can shove their judgemental attitude where the sun don’t shine. I’ll live in my own little bubble if it’s what I have to do to get through each day.
Well, that post got more serious and combative than I intended.