I remember finding and reading the series and feeling so excited when Cho Chang was included as a love interest - one of the first times I recall seeing an Asian character in that position. But in time, I have also grown critical and cautious of my continued love for the series and what it represents. I can try to separate Rowling the person and Rowling the author, but if art imitates life, what are we really seeing in her work? I've also read analysis from the the fat-positive and disabled communities that highlight how her descriptions of the villians or other characters reinforce sterotypes and further stigmatize (rather than unite or equalize) marginalized people in addition to the Black and gay characters you covered here. It's disappointing, as I genuinely loved the books when I was younger, but based on what I've learned about privilege and whiteness, it's also not surprising.

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