J.K. Rowling’s ‘History of Magic in North America’ as Problematic as You’d Think

So some of us were a bit concerned when it was announced that J.K. Rowling would be releasing a series of articles about the history of magic in North America in the Harry Potter universe. There isn’t really a great history of good representation of the myriad Native American beliefs and customs in Fantasy literature, and often very diverse groups get turned into some weird monolithic entity.

Well, sadly, she fell right into the tropes we were all afraid of.

The Mary Sue has a pretty decent breakdown of the whole problem, so I direct you to their coverage rather than even attempt to sum up this massive ball of facepalm. I’m disappointed in Rowling, but not terribly surprised.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

Via The Mary Sue

Trae Dorn

Trae Dorn has been staffing conventions for over twenty years, and is a co-founder of Wisconsin’s longest running Anime convention No Brand Con. Trae also writes and draws the webcomics UnCONventional and The Chronicles of Crosarth, which leads many to ask when the hell they have time to actually do anything anymore. Trae says they have the time because they “do it all quite poorly.”