No, not Allied...
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When J.K. Rowling announced the release of four new Harry Potter universe stories titled The History of Magic in North America, we thought wizards, witches, and muggles around the world would be thrilled.
Well since the first of the stories was released on the author's interactive website Pottermore yesterday, there are some fans who haven't been too pleased with the work.
Dr. Adrienne Keene who runs the site Native Appropriations – a "forum for discussing representations of Native peoples, including stereotypes, cultural appropriation, news, activism, and more" — was particularly upset.
"The problem, Jo (can I call you Jo? I hope so), is that we as Indigenous peoples are constantly situated as fantasy creatures."
Keene goes on to say:
"But we're not magical creatures, we're contemporary peoples who are still here, and still practice our spiritual traditions, traditions that are not akin to a completely imaginary wizarding world (as badass as that wizarding world is)."
Adrienne has since composed an essay that rips The History of Magic in North America apart as she pulls passages from the story and dissects them.
The online writer took Rowling's version of a 'skin walker' and responded by saying:
"What happens when Rowling pulls this in, is we as Native people are now opened up to a barrage of questions about these beliefs and traditions (take a look at my twitter mentions if you don't believe me)–but these are not things that need or should be discussed by outsiders. At all. I'm sorry if that seems "unfair," but that's how our cultures survive.
The other piece here is that Rowling is completely re-writing these traditions. Traditions that come from a particular context, place, understanding, and truth. These things are not "misunderstood wizards". Not by any stretch of the imagination."
Keene also took to Twitter to address her frustrations by saying:
But she wasn't the only outraged fan as others wrote:
Harry Potter fandom is overflowing with racist microaggressions Native Americans will have to deal with thanks to culture appropriation.
— Fangirl Jeanne (@fangirlJeanne) March 8, 2016
What do you think about the HP backlash?!
If you want to see the rest of Dr. Keene's essay, you can check it out HERE.
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