❝ The problem of Slytherin is that JKR has significant authorial bias. She is a Gryffindor, this is a heroic epic, and Gryffindor qualities are favored because those are the qualities she values most in herself. Gryffindor actions are consistently downplayed - Sirius’s prank against Snape, the twins’ near-manslaughter of Montague, Hermione’s scarring of Marietta Edgecombe—have no long-term repercussions and aren’t treated with the weight they deserve (and in Hermione’s case, JKR has defended the action in interviews.) Meanwhile, Slytherin House is generally portrayed negatively: Gryffindor is treated like the hero House and Slytherin like the villain House, when the possibility exists that they could have been so much more. The world, after all, does not exist in terms of pure good and evil—and if the Houses are really meant to be as good and as bad as portrayed, well, there are the problems with world-building and plausibility that I’ve mentioned above.
I don’t want to beat a dead horse because my entire dash has been hp tonight, but just to clarify; I don’t care if you like Harry Potter. I myself am pretty much done with it, but that doesn’t change the fact that Hermione (and Cho despite everything that was done with her narrative) were extremely formative for me as a child and I still have the cloak and marauder’s map I made when I was little and all that stuff. I get it. I even get it if you didn’t grow up with Harry Potter and you just finished it last week and absolutely love it. Because I’m not going to lie and say that everything I like is flaw-free (that is impossible anyway?). It’s just that ever since realising all the things JKR has pulled I find it really hard to like this series at all anymore. The first few times I read a critique of her work it felt like a slap in the face because I was so used to only hearing praise for her, but now I am grateful that I have been able to unpack all that stuff. It’s important to be aware, but you might not be like me and you might still be okay with liking it and that’s okay so long as you don’t pretend the flaws don’t exist.
❝ Very early on in writing the series, I remember a female journalist saying to me that Mrs Weasley, “Well, you know, she’s just a mother.” And I was absolutely incensed by that comment. Now, I consider myself to be a feminist, and I’d always wanted to show that just because a woman has made a choice, a free choice to say, “Well, I’m going to raise my family and that’s going to be my choice. I may go back to a career, I may have a career part time, but that’s my choice.” Doesn’t mean that that’s all she can do. And as we proved there in that little battle, Molly Weasley comes out and proves herself the equal of any warrior on that battlefield.