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Twitter User Tweets About Harry Potter's Extreme Privilege, And Others Are Agreeing

Twitter User Tweets About Harry Potter's Extreme Privilege, And Others Are Agreeing
Updated 3 months ago

For anyone who grew up in the '90s and early oughts, Harry Potter was a cultural touchstone of epic proportions. The first book was published in 1997, and the final one was published in 2007, while the movies based on the original series continued through 2011. A whole generation of kids, myself included, grew up alongside Harry, Hermione, and Ron, experiencing their loss, grief, joy, and their victory over the Dark Lord, Voldemort, who had taken on extremely relevant undertones in the wake of 9/11. There is a special place in many of our heart for Harry Potter.

Still, one Twitter user pointed out on Friday that when you get right down to it, Harry was privileged in many ways:

I mean, Harry dropped out of school to find and destroy all of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes so that he could be defeated once and for all, and then he became an Auror, which is more like a magical CIA agent than a cop, but that's splitting hairs.

Some fans were on board with the assessment:

Others seemed to be having uncomfortable "aha!" moments:

Not surprisingly, some people wanted to argue semantics:

And a few people weren't buying it:

But this isn't the first time someone has made this point. Class is a central theme in the Harry Potter series. Some fans believe J.K. Rowling deliberately used magic as a metaphor for privilege — before privilege became part of the mainstream conversation around race and class. Rowling also made The Root's list of wokest white people for her anti-racist presence on Twitter.

This latest critique offers an opportunity to keep talking about privilege. And yes, we can keep sharing all the books and movies for generations to come.

H/T: Twitter