In a diverse, forward-thinking age, the wonderfully woke generation of so-called millennials are starting to look more closely at the entertainment of the past. Look at the backlash of Friends‘ arrival on Netflix earlier this year. We still love it, but we can no longer ignore the lack of multicultural characters, the ‘token’ lesbian couple or Joey’s constant creepiness. We notice things more, and we won’t stand for the things we’re noticing.
I think it’s great that we’re taking issue with shows like Friends. It shows how much more accepting we are just 20 years later. The world is a scary, discriminatory place, but I genuinely believe my generation is the most tolerant yet and I have high hopes for what it can achieve.
It’s OK to like problematic things. Friends still makes me laugh and cry. We just need to be aware of what’s wrong with it too. With that in mind, I turned my attention to the Harry Potter series.
J. K. Rowling has had some controversial opinions lately, but whatever I think of her keyboard-warrier habit, I do think that the Harry Potter books are not, as a rule, very problematic. However, there are some messed-up moments that I have picked up on as I grow more observant of these attitudes. Here are 7 problematic moments in the Harry Potter franchise.
One of my most anticipated bookish releases for 2017 is the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the next in the series from Jim Kay.
Today, the new cover was revealed and this is what it looks like:
I’m currently rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and just
reached a particularly sad scene. It really choked me up and I realised how amazing it is that, even now, the Harry Potter books STILL make me cry, despite how many times I’ve read them. I’ve therefore compiled a list of my top ten cry-worthy moments from the Harry Potter series.
I’m going to assume that anyone reading this has read all the Harry Potter books, but if you haven’t – SPOILER ALERT!
The Mirror of Erised – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Yesterday I went to see the Fantastic Beasts film, and I was so damn excited. I didn’t really realise how excited I was until we were queueing up, and from the point that we handed over our tickets to when we were sitting through the adverts I couldn’t stop smiling. Sadly we chose a different cinema to the one we normally go to, so I was uncomfortable throughout – but hey, that’s a small price to pay to go and see a new Harry Potter film.
I was just so excited to be watching a Potter film where I didn’t know what was going to happen. However, this did cause problems now and then: they didn’t outright tell us the names of a lot of the magical creatures, which was a shame because I haven’t read the book of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them since the year came out. I was therefore a bit embarrassed when people were asking me afterwards if I knew what something was and I was like, ‘Nope!’
I’ve decided to start doing monthly posts about the different things I bought or received as gifts each month. I know a lot of people do monthly book hauls but I don’t always let myself buy lots of books so I thought this might be interesting.
I did buy some books in August:
I read a lot of books this month, but still haven’t found any new favourites. But anyway, here are the books I read in August!
1. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman.
Before you read this, I’d like to reiterate that you absolutely must not read this or any other spoiler-y reviews before you see the play! If you’d like to read my thoughts, here is my spoiler-free review of the onstage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which I was lucky enough to go and see last weekend. (Seriously, I cannot believe my luck. I feel like a member of the A-list.)
If you’ve seen the show and are interested in my general thoughts on acting and staging, I talk about these in the spoiler-free version as well. Below follows an in-depth discussion on the parts of the play that are not common knowledge, like how particular things are staged or certain characters that not everyone knows appear in the story. I’m also writing this under the assumption that people who are reading it know what happens, so I will talk about specific plotpoints. So finally, please please PLEASE do not read on if you haven’t read the script or seen the show! #KeepTheSecrets!!!