A contributing writer for Huffington Post created a Feminist Harry Potter Tumblr for a final project in her feminist theory course, and in less than one week, the blog reached about 80,000 page views and 2,000 Tumblr followers. That’s pretty impressive.
When you first look at the Harry Potter series you don’t think “feminism,” but you should, apparently. J.K Rowling has done an amazing job of making the females in her books very strong and smart women. According to the Tumblr’s creator, the blog brings to light pro-feminist aspects of the series “from Molly Weasley’s redefinition of traditional motherhood to Hagrid’s embodiment of what it means to be an authentic male caretaker.” I mean, come on: I bet you never considered Hagrid a feminist, huh? This blog makes you think differently about the series – and you begin to see it in a way you may not have before. It also allows you to relieve the whole series with a different view of both it and J.K Rowling.
As for J.K., maybe it was her intention to be slightly feminist When she first tried publishing the book, she was told to change her name from Joanne to just “J.K.”, that way publishers wouldn’t know she was a woman. To make the cleverest and calmest person in the series a girl (I’m speaking of course of Hermonie) could very well have been a way to inspire young girls. You can be smart, you can be practical, and you can still have adventures.
Bet you’ll never look at ‘Harry Potter’ the same way again, huh?