Why you should boycott Harry Potter and any other work by J.K. Rowling

Leah Rowe


News article published on 2018-09-07 by Leah Rowe. Return to index

As I was conversing with a friend on IRC, the subject of Harry Potter came up. I proceeded to rant passionately about why I hate J.K. Rowling.

I then decided to put it on my blog. Because why not?

There’s no point in reinventing the wheel, so here are some articles on the subject by doctor Richard Stallman, the wizard who founded the GNU project, Free Software Foundation and a man for whom I have the utmost respect. He is one of my heroes, and I’ve met him in person many times. There was a time when I had a falling out with him (to put it lightly) during a 6 month period of pure insanity on my part. I won’t cover that here, it’s history now… but I digress. Richard Stallman is cool. I disagree with some of his political views, but he’s a good man.

He is a man of upstanding character, however. He has fought rigorously for what he believes in for decades, and he is consistent. He doesn’t lie. He says it how it is (as he sees it) and means what he says. He is extremely stubborn, and he is… just really really cool.

And he’s still going. He’s a cranky old man now, and still travelling all over the world lecturing people about Free Software. I’m a believer in Free Software myself. The reason I use GNU+Linux and Libreboot (and also founded the Libreboot) project was out of respect for his philosophy, which I stumbled upon when I was 13 (I’m 26 now. I’ve used GNU+Linux for over a decade at this point).

Just read about him on wikipedia if you’re interested:
And read his blog:

Anyway, he wrote some excellent articles warning people not to buy Harry Potter books:

I will now add my own further reasons why Harry Potter sucks:

Fuck Harry Potter. And fuck J.K. Rowling.

That is all.

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