YOU’VE BEEN WITH ME SINCE THE OLD DAYS I LOVE SO MUCH FOR REAL
IM SO GLAD YALL LOVE MY EYEBROWS WE ALL KNOW EYEBROWS ARE THE KEY...
im so fukin scared right now
i made a poetry blog (dont bother asking for the url)
and i finally posted a poem???
AND SOMEBODY FUCKING REBLOGGED...
Ron Weasley’s character is consciously written as somewhat racist. Not as racist as Malfoy, of course - he doesn’t scoff at mudbloods and halfbloods, and he doesn’t see himself as superior at all. Still, he unquestionably accepts the inferior position of house elves (they love serving), when he finds out that Lupin’s werewolf his reaction is not only scared but also disgusted (Don’t touch me!) and he is clearly very uncomfortable finding out that Hagrid is half-giant (giants are wild and savage).
And this is brilliant. Because it demonstrates that racism isn’t only present in clearly malicious and evil people, in the Malfoys and Blacks - it’s also there in warm, kind, funny people who just happened to learn some pretty toxic things growing up in a pretty toxic society. And they can unlearn them too, with some time and effort. Ron eventually accepts Hagrid’s parentage, lets Lupin bandage his leg and in the final battle, he worries about the safety of the house elves.
Some people are prejudiced because they are evil, and some people are prejudiced because they don’t know better yet. And those people can learn better, and become better people. And that’s an important lesson. The lesson taught about discrimination shouldn’t be “only evil people do it”, because then all readers will assume it doesn’t apply to them. Instead old JK teaches us “you too are probably doing it, and you should do stop ASAP”.
THIS. Also, Ron also had some problematic reactions to Ginny’s first two boyfriends who were MoC (Dean Thomas and Michael Corner who was described as “the dark one”)—so it’s something that may possibly go beyond magical representations of marginalized groups.
so are we just going to ignore how the Harry Potter fandom is slowly going insane without any new books or movies and making gifs of the most irrelevant scenes like Ron blinking and giving it a purple tint and putting a quote about friendship on it and it gets like thousands of reblogs
I mean really
leave us alone we are desperate
J.K.Rowling Official Site
I searched this up—I found the quote on the Harry Potter wiki but the citation leads to a dead page. I did however, find a fanfiction with a similar premise. So until I see some actual verification I’m calling shenanigans on this.