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I think one of the reasons the Harry Potter Epilogue was so poorly received was because the audience was primarily made up of the Millennial generation.
We’ve walked with Harry, Ron and Hermione, through a world that we thought was great but slowly revealed itself to be the opposite. We unpeeled the layers of corruption within the government, we saw cruelty against minorities grow in the past decades, and had media attack us and had teachers tell us that we ‘must not tell lies’. We got angry and frustrated and, like Harry, Ron and Hermione, had to think of a way to fight back. And them winning? That would have been enough to give us hope and leave us satisfied.
But instead. There was skip scene. And suddenly they were all over 30 and happy with their 2.5 children.
And the Millennials were left flailing in the dust.
Because while we recognised and empathised with everything up to that point. But seeing the Golden Trio financially stable and content and married? That was not something our generation could recognise. Because we have no idea if we’re ever going to be able to reach that stage. Not with the world we’re living in right now.
Having Harry, Ron and Hermione stare off into the distance after the battle and wonder about what the future might be would have stuck with us. Hell, have them move into a shitty flat together and try and sort out their lives would have. Have them with screaming nightmares and failed relationships and trying to get jobs in a society that’s falling apart would have. Have them still trying to fix things in that society would have. Because we known Voldemort was just a symptom of the disease of prejudice the Wizarding World.
But don’t push us off with an ‘all was well’. In a world about magic, JK Rowling finally broke our suspension of disbelief by having them all hit middle-class and middle-age contentment and expecting a fanbase of teenagers to accept it.
Also. Since when was ‘don’t worry kids, you’re going to turn out just like your parents’ ever a happy ending? Does our generation even recognise marriage and money and jobs as the fulfillment of life anymore? Does our generation even recognise the Epilogue’s Golden Trio anymore?
726. Muggleborns that have spent the year at Hogwarts returning home for the summer and once in a while wearing their house colors out in public. Sometimes being complimented/mocked for their ‘obsession with the Harry Potter books’.
White women cannot be intersectional though. Like, intersectional isn’t an adjective, it isn’t a verb, it isn’t a descriptor of a person. Its “intersectional experiences” that matter and are the crux of the whole “conversation.” There is no “being intersectional” involved.
The whole damn point of the concept was to address that the experiences of Black women were not simply racism + sexism, but a whole new “intersection” of experience. Taking this concept by Kimberle and making it a moniker to show how new wave feminist you are is the same tired shit that white women always pull, absorbing and regurgitating concepts that they scarcely even comprehend.
The best you could possibly is say is that you recognize the intersectional experiences of those you cannot begin to truly understand. That’s it. You are not “intersectional” it isn’t a new name for you to tack onto your blog header.
I’m going to write a fanfic about Hermione and Ginny being a kick-ass, powerful, and amazing couple. With lots of queer stuff and gender stuff and social activism stuff and mental health stuff. I also plan to write Luna as black, and Hermione be 3rd gen Indian-English, and Harry be mixed race (either white and black, or white and Chinese). Anyone interested in being a beta for me and making sure I’ve got my politics in good order?
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