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?
"That is when I remembered how it felt to swim in the same lane together, how it felt when everyone was waiting at the finish line. It made me just as happy!"
"Where I swim and who I swim for… I’m free to decide that for myself! And I’m saying I’m fine with the way things are!"
Free! Parallel: 01x09 & 02x11
- more asexual representation
- less Sad Lesbians and more Happy Lesbians
- more trans representation
- non-binary representation beyond genderless robots in sci-fi films
- BETTER AND MORE QUEER REPRESENTATION
- MORE BISEXUALS SAYING THEY ARE BISEXUAL
I’m bisexual and also demisexual. it still kills me that even within the gay community bisexuals are ignored or hated or still given the ‘but you’re not really gay’ etc. attitude and dismissed so easily. I understand your pain xxx
I can see how that must be hecka frustrating. People preach equality but far too often they only care about their definition of equality, like so long as their minority is included they couldn’t care less about others. Though I guess we can only hope people become more accepting.
Spend the day teaching myself gay/lesbian/queer literary theory for my assessment, only to rage every other page because of the outdated opinions and horrific shit people were put through. People who are gay are not born mentally sick, perverse and evil just because they’re gay.
And if the books we have to read weren’t bad enough, I’ve had (and still have to sit through) lectures where my strongly catholic lecturer refuses to acknowledge anything other than heterosexual or homosexial cis men and women. Even then she insists on interjecting what is the “right” sexuality.
Then to top it all off my housemate is apparently incapable of understanding that sex does not equate gender. He claims to be accepting, but saying his trans woman friend “is still a male” is not accepting!
Fuck. I don’t even know why I bother trying to understand or educate the ignorant. They refuse to listen and still continue to think whatever discriminative opinion they like. It just makes me so mad.
I am panromantic. I am demisexual. I am gender fluid. But this is why hardly anyone irl knows any of this, ‘cause they’re so damn unaccepting and it’s so hard and I hate it. Something as simple as going out in public in my binder because I feel like a guy that day fills me with so much anxiety because of all the stuff like this I face on a daily basis.
I just… It’s so damn tiring and I wish people could learn to be more open to those different to themselves.
have some cecil because the glow cloud said so
an uncanny likeness