Reflecting on My Harry Potter Tattoo – One Year Later

**Trigger Warning: Transphobia / mentioning of the original author of the Harry Potter series**

It’s funny how much changes in a year. This September marks the one year anniversary of getting my Harry Potter themed tattoo. J.K. Rowling has been making comments about the trans community that are hateful in nature and completely inaccurate. With all of this, I have been thinking about my tattoo, and knowing what I know now, would I have gotten a Harry Potter tattoo in the first place.

My stance on all of this is to love the fandom and put distance to the creator. Harry Potter has gotten me through many tough moments in my life. The movies were there for me when I needed them. The last movie came out in 2012 when I graduated from high school. It felt like an end of an era both in the films and for my life. I can’t abandon Harry Potter because it’s so important to me. If this means you have to unfollow my blog or from my various forms of social media, that’s perfectly fine and I wish you well.

I have seen some individuals remove their Harry Potter tattoos because of Rowling’s views. I won’t be doing this. As mentioned above, Harry Potter has so much meaning to me. With my tattoo, I like how it references the Harry Potter stories without directly mentioning Rowling. Plus tattoo removal can be more painful than the tattoo and lead to scarring. It’s not worth it for me to do this.

Twitter started a firestorm when the trailer for the new Hogwarts Legacy game was released. I have made the decision that I won’t purchase this game brand new because I don’t want to support anything leading back to Rowling. However, some gamers plan on buying this game and are being called transphobic for doing so. I don’t think calling others out for being “less of an ally” is going to help battle against hatred. It’s going to create further division. If you’re planning on buying the Hogwarts Legacy game brand new, I hope you enjoy the game. I encourage you to put the same amount of money into a trans charity right after. I’m not going to sit here and call someone transphobic for doing purchasing a game that we have all been waiting for.

Moving past this, I’m going to write about Harry Potter less. I’m ending my Harry Potter WYR blog series as well. There will be one final post with the remaining prompts I have. I’m still going to remain a Harry Potter fan and belong in the community. My Harry Potter tattoo will remain on my body forever although I may not add on to it like I originally planned. If you’re looking for a trans charity to donate to, I will always recommend The Trevor Project. I would love to know your feedback and how you’re getting through this as a Harry Potter fan. Let’s keep the comments peaceful as well. I hope you’re all doing well during this difficult time.

17 thoughts on “Reflecting on My Harry Potter Tattoo – One Year Later

  1. It’s a good question. At one point does someone with influence/famous go to far to stop enjoying the things they made. I think another great example is Bill Cosby. I used to love the Cosby show, hell I even have it on dvd. Knowing what I do now though, I won’t ever watch it anymore. I just can’t bring myself to do that.
    It goes too far though to simply call people that buy a game by rowling names like that..that really makes no sense whatsoever. It’s sad that this happened though, as no matter how you put it, things will never be the same again 😔

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  2. I have always said, tattoos tell a story of your life. If you get a tattoo, that means it was something that was important to you at that time. As we live our life, and go through the motions… the “thing” of our tattoo may be less important, but it is a reminder of the time of your life when it was. I think your HP tattoo is the same. The tattoo isn’t an endorsement for JKR, it is reminder of the part of your life when you loved HP. I have a Magic tattoo, and although I don’t really play any more (and don’t really like where the game is), it was such a big part of my life for so long and the tattoo is a reminder of all the wonderful memories Magic has brought me. (I know, slightly different circumstances, and I get it.)

    I know you know me, so I don’t have to say it for you, but I will for your other followers, I think what JKR says/believes is truly awful and don’t agree with any of it. But from my very limited understanding of HP (only seen the movies once, haven’t read the books), her opinions and views don’t cross in the content of the story. So your love of the story, doesn’t translate into agreeing or even complicity with what she said/believes. I like your idea of not buying anything HP related “new” and only secondary market. That allows you to still enjoy the HP world and characters with out JKR benefiting.

    Thank you for your insight. ♥

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    • I absolutely agree with you too, I don’t stand with her views and she’s spreading inaccurate information that’s damaging to a group of people. The worst is her platform is so huge that her message is being received by so many people.

      That’s where this post comes from. Harry Potter did represent something truly important in my life, therefore I have no plans on getting it removed.

      With this being said, going forward I will not be adding on to this tattoo. I will not buy any Warner Bros licensed products and buy fan art instead.

      Thanks for your thoughts, I appreciate the time it took for you to comment on this post.

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    • Hello! My post is not a breakdown of her thoughts, therefore I’m not going to directly answer this comment. I have read her statement twice through and it’s full of information that’s inaccurate and damaging to the trans community.

      I would highly recommend you check out essays written by trans people that explain this in further detail. My favorite is this essay written by Jackson Bird:

      Finally, I’m all about peaceful dialogue, but it’s clear your comment has a snide tone to it. This is the last time I will respond to your comment. I do reserve the right to not approve your comment if I choose. It sounds like no matter what I say, you have made the decision that I don’t know what I’m talking about.

      Please check out the essay link above. I hope you have a lovely day!

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  3. It’s definitely a difficult situation as a fan. Like you, Harry Potter has had a huge impact on my life, I have such a connection to the series and the messages it made. It’s ironic that a series all about love, acceptance, and that being different is good, yet the creator doesn’t live by those same values.

    For me, it has to be that I need to separate the series from the creator. I got into an argument on Twitter with someone who was calling people names and attacking those that were excited for the Hogwarts Legacy game. Rowling’s views are unacceptable, but I’ve been wanting a game like this for years, so I’ll be buying it day one. It’s also a case of wanting to appreciate and enjoy the hard work of all the developers, where boycotting the game could negatively impact them.

    Everyone has a right to do what they want to do, but those people that attack fans online who plan to get it, are completely wrong. I may disagree with Rowling’s views, but I don’t think I could ever distance myself from the series, as it’s my favourite franchise of all time and still means a lot to me. But Rowling’s blatant transphobia will also always leave a lingering blotch on the series whenever I read the books or watch the films.

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    • Twitter is such a dumpster fire. That’s why I deleted the app from my phone. I also saw others attacking individuals for purchasing the new game. I hope you love the game when it comes out. I would recommend also donating to a trans charity for the same amount you spent on the game. I know a lot of fans are doing that and I think it’s a well meaning intention.

      I find attacking others is only going to cause further division. Instead, let’s unite against hatred instead of causing more of it.

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  4. I’m not a die hard Harry Potter fan so this doesn’t really affect me that much even though I too grew up with it. Also this sums up why I don’t get any tattoos. For me I just ignore all the political crap and focus on what I love. HP Lovecraft was very racist but I just ignore it and keep reading his work cause I love the stories. That’s how I cope.

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    • I have no regrets about my Harry Potter tattoo because the series holds such a deep meaning for me. I also plan on being a Harry Potter fan, but I won’t purchase any licensed Warner Brothers merchandise.

      I do agree with your point on HP Lovecraft. He was horribly racist and I do enjoy some of his stories. There are certain authors with problematic pasts and just because we like their art doesn’t mean we like them as a person.

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      • I never said you had any 😊 I’m just personally not a tattoo person. I preserve memories and express my love for certain fandoms in a different way. So then where will you get merchandise from now on?

        Yes exactly. I wouldn’t throw away my love for something just because of politics. I can separate it from that.

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  5. It’s really frustrating and saddening that the author tossed the world a curveball like that out of the blue, only to tarnish our love for the franchise. I’m sorry that it put you in a position where you had to reflect on keeping or removing what was, at the time, an easy decision for a tattoo! I’m glad you’re keeping it and acknowledge that it doesn’t support the character but just the stories! Stay safe! 😀

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    • It was an experience I wasn’t expecting. I did take some time and think about the future of my Harry Potter tattoo and I weighed each option separately. Ultimately, Harry Potter represented an important time in my life, so I won’t be removing it, but i also won’t be adding on to it like I originally planned.

      Thanks for the comment and I hope you’re staying safe during this time!

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  7. I’m sorry to hear that your one-year anniversary for your tattoo was tainted by Rowling’s antics over the summer. It’s still hard to believe how far and deep she’s willing to be transphobic and how she’s using her influence. Her stance has really changed the fandom and made it difficult to stand by it – to separate the series from her beliefs. It’s something I’m currently trying to figure out what to do with my Harry Potter and its social media because I feel like speaking up for the transgender and LGBTQ+ community only does so much to placate the ignorance she’s spreading. I’ll always love Harry Potter, but it’s hard to talk about it without feeling like I’m drawing attention to her. It’s complicated to say the least.

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    • Yep, that’s exactly how I feel. I’m planning on distancing writing about Harry Potter on this blog for a while. I also am planning to not buy any licensed Warner Brothers Harry Potter merch including the new video game that’s being released next year. I also decided not to add onto my Harry Potter tattoo like I originally planned.

      How the Harry Potter fandom deals with this is going to be vastly different. Some fans need to distance from this all together while others want to separate the art from the artist. It all depends on what you feel is best.

      Social media is really negative right now and I think we need to stop attacking everyone and stand together on this instead.

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