The story “History of Magic in North America” by JK Rowling has angered some members of the Native American communities.
Cherokee scholar-blogger Adrienne Keene commented that the story has portrayed every Native Americans regardless of the tribe as one group. He also accused Rowling of appropriating their stories and “completely re-writing these traditions.”
According to Rowling’s story, there were wizards among Native American Tribes. Rowling noted that like their European counterparts, they also had to undergo the same scrutiny and stigmatization. The story was published on Pottermore website. The author also said that some of them were “skinwalkers” like the Animagi in her Harry Potter novels, stated CNN.
One of Keene’s tweets read, “You can’t just claim and take a living tradition of a marginalized people. That’s straight up colonialism/appropriation @jk_rowling.”
He also tweeted, “It’s not “your” world. It’s our (real) Native world. And skinwalker stories have context, roots, and reality.”
Adrienne Keene, himself a native American, expressed his concern over the “bringing of the magic universe to the States”. He said that a number of things in the story stand out and deeply concerned him. He said that the native people are now opened up to “a barrage of questions about these beliefs and traditions.” According to him, these things should not be questioned or discussed by outsiders.
Another twitter user, Ojibwe Writer Mari echoed Keene’s observation and tweeted, “It burns me is that white authors’ stories about Natives will drown out actual Native authors’ stories. @jk_rowling profits from this,”
Adrienne said that the responses from Rowling’s fans were awful. He has been accused of being “oversensitive” and some of them also questioned him whether he understood that Harry Potter is a fiction. Some ruthless critics also commented that his doctorate degree was misused and he was an idiot.
The series of Potter stories are to set the stage for “Fantastic Beast.” JK Rowling will release the second story on Wednesday. It is about magic in the 17th century and beyond. Rowling has also discussed the Salem witch trial and the role of “No-Majs” in it. “No-Majs” are the American counterparts of Muggles or non-magical human.
Two more stories will be released on the site on Thursday and Friday.