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15 Ways JK Rowling Is Ruining The Harry Potter Franchise

J.K. Rowling managed to deliver us some of the most expertly crafted material in modern literature as we know it today. The delivery may not have been perfect and some of the material does not stand as tall as it did, say, over 20 years ago when it first debuted on the shelves, but the Harry Potter franchise remains some of the most celebrated and beloved books of all time, even to this day. Even more impressive, Rowling was able to produce Harry Potter as both a successful book franchise and a successful movie franchise, which is hard to pull off.

However, in the years since, Rowling has gotten, for lack of a better word, bored. Bored without having to commit to a seemingly endless series of books anymore. And so she talks. She's said and uttered enough blasphemies that it can be argued that she has singlehandedly ruined her own franchise.

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15 Being annoying on Twitter

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Perhaps the only thing more annoying than these little "fun facts" that she likes to drop on Twitter about her books is the fact that she never ... stops ... tweeting. She wants to interject herself into conversations about politics, movies, the environment, etc.

It's getting obnoxious. Just stick to books, J.K., before it tarnishes the legacy of those books.

14 The Cursed Child

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After J.K. Rowling completed her decade long franchise with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Jack Thorne wrote a screenplay sequel taking place 19 years afterwards called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Rowling gave her stamped approval that The Cursed Child was canon in her universe. Which wouldn't be a problem, if The Cursed Child wasn't such a terrible story that so many fans despise.

13 Making bad HP movies

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Based on a supplementary spin-off book, J.K. Rowling decided to continue the film world of Harry Potter by screenwriting two movies about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

While the first film received positive reviews, The Crimes of Grindelwald received poor reviews and is currently the lowest-grossing film in the franchise. And don't get us started on the controversy they received in casting Johnny Depp amid domestic abuse allegations.

12 Having second thoughts on Ron/Hermione relationship

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In an interview with Emma Watson in Wonderland Magazine, J.K. Rowling admitted that she had second thoughts about Ron ending up with Hermione.

She said that she paired these two up as a sort of personal "wish fulfillment" and over a second glance, thinks Harry and Hermione should have ended up together. Which is a bummer for Ron/Hermione fans.

11 Aurelius Dumbledore retcons last book

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As a prequel, fans did not expect either of the (not so) Fantastic films to produce monumental twists that adversely affect the previous Potter films/books. And yet, in Grindelwald, we got a huge twist in learning that Credence Barebone was actually Dumbledore's long lost brother, Aurelius, the whole time.

Fans felt the twist was both unnecessary and retconning of what we know about Dumbledore to this point, especially when the brother doesn't factor into the final books before Dumbledore's death.

10 Making things up on the fly

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The way J.K. Rowling just randomly offers tidbits and reveals about the books that no one asked her about, it feels like she is just making it up on the fly without thinking about what her words really mean.

It's as if she wakes up every morning and randomly has a thought bubble, and whether it be via Twitter or at a conference, she feels compelled to share it.

9 Creating false sense of diversity in her books

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It seems like every now and again, J.K. Rowling tries too hard to highlight that her books were full of diverse characters, even though they weren't. She tried to defend The Cursed Child casting Hermione as a black woman because she never explicitly said she wasn't black in the books, but she also never explicitly said she was black either. Same with the Dumbledore thing.

Newsflash: if it wasn't explicitly said in the books, it might as well not have happened.

8 Ignoring Dumbledore/Grindelwald relationship

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In "revealing" that Dumbledore was gay for the entire franchise, J.K. Rowling also said that he had affections for a character named Grindelwald.

In screenwriting The Crimes of Grindelwald, she had the perfect opportunities to clarify any confusion or ambiguity about Dumbledore's sexuality by actually playing up that part of their relationship. But she chose to do nothing of the sort for the film.

7 The Dumbledore thing

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Ah, yes, the Dumbledore thing. The "thing" where months after the release of the final Harry Potter book casually said that she "always thought Dumbledore was gay," at Carnegie Hall.

Which if he's gay, fine, cool, no problem with that. But actually produce explicit proof or at least context clues and allusions in the actual book that he is gay.

6 Releasing new, dumb bits of info no one asked for

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From the looks of it, J.K. Rowling has a tendency to use her platform to either "reveal" ideas that retcon significant parts of the Harry Potter franchise or just flat out reveal dumb things nobody asked about the books. We never got an expansion on the Dumbledore/Grindelwald relationship, but she did tweet that Hogwarts didn't always have plumbing and wizards had to make their "evidence" disappear.

No one wanted to know that, Rowling. Absolutely no one.

5 Trolling her own fans

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Between vague assertions about characters and contradicting events in the franchise, it all just feels like J.K. Rowling is just trolling her most diehard fans at this point.

For all of the support, they have offered for over a decade now, she thanks them by wracking their brains about their favorite books.

4 Using characters to highlight a political agenda

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J.K. Rowling has birthed an entire generation of obnoxious liberals by pushing her politics in both her rants over Twitter and in her new material in the movies. We like our celebrities to just entertain us.

We don't want them to push their political beliefs in our face, especially those about American politics when she is not even living in America.

3 Giving fans the exact opposite of what they want (want diversity, but don't get it, JK adds lore no one asked for)

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As if giving fans random tidbits that no one asked for was not enough to be annoying, J.K. Rowling tends to ignore the actual requests and questions fans actually offer her in favor of giving them the last thing they ever would have wanted to know.

Again, the toilet plumbing thing at Hogwarts.

2 Causing in-fighting in the fandom over adding lore/regrets

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One of the most annoying things about J.K. Rowling and her reveals is that it compels her fans to fight within the fandom about her words; some trying to justify her words, others venomously against it.

So when J.K. says she wishes she paired Hermione with Harry instead of Ron, that pits the two subgroups of relationship fans against each other arguing one over the other.

1 Being entitled with her ownership

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Something about these reveals feels like the author has a sense of entitlement to her universe.

Which, hey, she does own it, but J.K. Rowling's push to announce whatever she wants and automatically, immediately breathing it into canon without writing a single page down feels like her way of saying she can do whatever she wants without consequences. It's soured some fans on the books themselves.

Sources: The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Entertainment Weekly, Wonderland Magazine

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