Me and my husband made a pact when the J.K. Rowling scandal first came up. We love the Harry Potter franchise, but also support trans people in their struggle for rights, recognition and the abolishment of prejudice towards them. For a moment there, we had a moral dilemma, but we worked it out.
For every Harry Potter item we buy, we donate to a trans charity, which is the case for this item. We were super disappointed to learn this was her stance, so we turned our purchases into some low-key activism.
For valentine’s day, my husband got me this beauty:
I’ve been collecting the 20th Anniversary editions of all the Harry Potter books since they first launched, and as you can probably tell, my house is Ravenclaw!
With all the indie books I read, I hardly find time to go back and read the books that made me the reader I am today. So this book, along with its predecessors, are going to get read again, soon. Even if only ten minutes at a time. The books themselves at least created an empathetic generation.
Order of the Phoenix is one of my favourites in the series, because it represents the time in everyone’s childhood when their innocence is truly lost. The depravities and evils of the world are revealed to us and we struggle to come to terms with them, yet are determined to fight them. I can credit this book for helping stoke the flames of activism, and solidification of my sense of right and wrong.
I can’t wait to read this one again, for the most significant sense of nostalgia it will bring.
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