Essay

Dear Ms. Rowling

Dear Ms. Rowling,

Hi, my name is Yennaedo Balloo. I’m a Gryffindor/Thunderbird (who wishes they were in Ravenclaw), with a 13″ English Oak, dragon heartstring core wand, whose patronus is a Siberian cat. I’m a big fan.

Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 12.36.20 PMI wanted to write because I noticed today you seem to have a problem with “retconning,” or admitting that you do it rather than everything being a grand plan formed 20 years ago. It’s ok. You’ve crafted a beautiful world with no true borders to its canvas. It keeps growing and I among millions of others are excited to see it continuing to expand and spread.

Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 11.10.29 AMYou revealed that Nagini is a Maledictus, which- wow, what a cool concept! And you added that this was a plan 20 years in the making? You fit that detail on that napkin too, huh? That the snake Voldemort used as a weapon and horcrux was actually a cursed woman of Asian descent afflicted with a curse that was never mentioned in any of the other mythos until the trailer this week?

It’s ok Ms. Rowling to build the plane while you’re flying it. The world of Harry Potter is your world, and none of us need it to have been perfectly planned and mapped out completely 20 years ago. If anything, it might be better if it wasn’t.

Screen Shot 2018-09-26 at 11.10.52 AMBecause if you planned this detail out 20 years ago, why did you overlook so many other details of inclusion and history? Like, were Indian wizards under British rule during the Raj eligible for admission to Hogwarts? Were wizards from my home land of Trinidad & Tobago eligible as a British colony until our independence in 1962? Or do Caribbean wizards opt for the closer Brazilian wizarding school?

I know retconning might seem like a dirty word, but it’s ok. The wizarding world is huge, wondrous, and beautiful. I don’t expect you or anyone to have been able to plan even half of this out to such minute detail 20 years ago (far less on a cocktail napkin), and maybe it might be better to admit that you didn’t when it makes the things you overlooked 20 years ago and haven’t found a way to incorporate in the two decades since then hurt more than they should?

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