I think the biggest problem with JK was that she made the most hated female characters (like Cho, Lavender, Pansy) the most realistic ones. Like. Tbh I’m emotional like Cho, I’m obsessive in my relationship at times like Lavender (but we’ve been together for almost five years now lol), and I’ve mocked quite a few girls in school like Pansy. I don’t relate to Hermione or Ginny at all, I feel, and I don’t like that JK’s pretty much like “Pansy didn’t marry anybody because I hate her” when there is a little bit of Pansy in each of us, some more than others.
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((yes i feel this. thank you for giving me an opportunity to talk about this okay. i have so many things pansy parkinson is my girl.))
It isn’t their personalities that are the problem, but rather, how she treated them. Hermione and Ginny’s good traits are realistic, but the issue lies in no one ever calling them out when they display problematic traits. Like Ginny treating Fleur like shit for no good reason or Hermione’s…wow, I can’t even begin on the many problematic things that were shown through her character.
And Cho Chang had every right to be emotional, right? I mean Jesus Christ, people here act so fucking understanding for anyone crying over anything and everything. But no, Cho’s boyfriend, an important person in her life, gets killed and suddenly she’s forever dubbed as the over-emotional, whiny one? But when Hermione gets emotional she’s so ~real~ and ~relatable~
AND LAVENDER BROWN OH MAN. WHAT DID SHE DO TO GET SO MUCH HATE??? Yeah, she got clingy, but like? That’s realistic for some girls, and completely justified. Not that she has to justify it. She didn’t hurt anyone. But people seem to hate her for how she reacted to unrequited love (which is just her being devastated and bitter about it which is completely understandable) and then excuse Snape for how he reacted to unrequited feelings? Okay, Snape is an obvious choice, and a whole new extreme. So let’s take a look at Hermione. Lavender Brown is hated for expressing her emotions, but those people don’t even take a second look at Hermione when she intentionally sought out boys to use and manipulate as a way to hurt Ron.
JK personally hates Pansy. I totally agree with you regarding how absolute shit JK Rowling treated Pansy. She goes on about how “she’s all the girls who bullied me” and “the anti-hermione. i hate her.” and “empty-headed, self-obsessed”.
She’s a bully, yeah. But let’s be real here, she hasn’t been any crueler than the Malfoy. And if he got redemption, if he got a story that dove deeper into his character and choices, if he was shown through a more intricate portrayal than just a mean person, then how come Pansy wasn’t given that?
Simple. JK Rowling hates her because she was an analogy for all the girls who bullied her when she was in school. However, what’s the point of the ongoing punishment and lack of redemption for a girl who was nothing more than mean?
And if anyones tells me that being a bad earns you just that amount of punishment, then how come Hermione - the person JK Rowling mirrored herself in - had traits that weren’t punished or even called out on? She’s manipulative, she’s ruthless, she only gives consideration to her truth, she dismisses consequences when they only affect those who she considers as “evil” without a second doubt. She judges girls for liking things that are feminine. She gives off a message that girls who like make up and boys and clothes are inferior to those who don’t.
Besides, even as a bully, people should understand that although there’s no excuse to do so, she doesn’t owe kindness to people who immediately write her off as evil and without redemption just because she’s in ~the evil house~