Why didn’t more of us see Rowling’s bigotry coming?

Rori Porter
11 min readFeb 13, 2023
If there is one thing this child is concerned with right now, I bet it’s the lack of intersectional feminism in a children’s book published in 1998 — Photo credit: Envato — Description: a young child dressed as Harry Potter points a toy wand toward the camera.

I recently had a commenter on one of my JK Rowling-related essays ask me:

“[…] didn’t you fans ever notice no queer characters? None. In — what? — seven books? And people are ambushed by her being transphobic? I’d have been astonished if she weren’t.”

There’s kind of a lot to unpack here, but let’s start with a really important context to understand…

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Rori Porter

Queer Transfemme writer & designer based out of Los Angeles. She/Her/They/Their. Editor of TransFoc.us Anthology. RoriPorter.com