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A VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
I ought to make a housekeeping post w/r/t Bapton Books, and our new titles, and all that, but you can get all that here and here and elsewhere.

Instead, it is my duty here and now to say this. I have never agreed with La Rowling on politics (I mean, really, Gordon Bloody Brown?). I have seen, in the fandom she spawned - and that is the mot juste - BNFs come and go (and sometimes, regrettably, stay and slowly take over everything, like so many Teutonic twats); execrable prose; failures to Britpick; and of course rampant Lefty groupthink.

Heretofore, only the press of other business has prevented me in continued enjoyment of and participation in this fandom despite all these vexations.

No longer.

I ceased watching the films early on, after Mr Rickman revealed himself as being what Orwell should have called objectively anti-Israel and objectively anti-Jewish.

In light of La Rowling's descent into the same contemptible madness, for all that she at least has resiled from full 'divestment' and boycott (NOT Geoff) insanity, I am severing my connexion with her and all who sail in her forthwith.

After 1 January or so, all my Potterish posts shall be removed, here and elsewhere. Those wishing to preserve them for their own re-reading want to download them before then.

That will be all. You may go.

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germankitty From: germankitty Date: October 28th, 2015 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's of course your decision, and you have every right to make it any way you see fit, but may I nevertheless express my regret over it?

You've created such a wonderful world of your own based on Harry Potter's stories, a world in which I feel not everything has been told and explained and laid out for us to see ... it's a crying shame (in my humble, insignificant opinion) that the real-life politics of Harry's creator compel you towards this step.

For myself, I've managed in the past (and hopefully will be able to continue to do so) to separate the author as a person from their creation; after all, one doesn't have to transfer one's personal views onto one's characters ...

I must admit, if there's one thing I'm getting tired of regarding JKR, it's her incessant retconning of what she wrote and which now is received differently by her readers from what she may have intended in the writing. I've seen a transcript of her most recent "interpretation", and must say I don't follow her argument in large parts -- and that's even though my own politics are probably closer to hers than to yours. :-)

In fact, even though "my" Harry is quite different from "your" Harry, that doesn't mean I can't enjoy him, or appreciate him the way he is because you make it plausible. And that transcends whatever the author thinks their creation is, years after they're done with it. To me, that is the fun and joy of fanfiction, to take an author's creation and make it my own regardless of what said author claims it should, or could, have been.

Well, I'm rambling because I'm quite, quite sad to see you leave the fandom. Hopefully, though, only from there -- I'd miss you if you would disappear completely!
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 29th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

I also regret the necessity.

And am unfeignedly thankful for your too kind words.

Of course, ceasing to participate in the fandom has nothing to do with my abandoning my many friends in it, and I shall always be thankful to have met you all and trust that we shall all remain friends - until death us depart, really.

And I shan't disappear (well: no more than I have done, with the calls upon my time in other regards of late). I flatter myself that many of the aspects of my footling fictions which were liked by so many, and so kindly, in this fandom, persist in other work; not least in the Village Tales, although I by no means expect the same response there, as these suffer from the lack of our beloved Potter characters, a dearth of magic, and not being made available for free. (I am not altogether persuaded that all, or many, of those who have been willing to enjoy the Potterfic, gratis, enjoy my writing sufficiently actually to pay to read it.)

I really am very much obliged to to you for your very kind words and (I suspect undeserved) good opinion of my work. And I agree with you, I may say, on all the points you have made above.
germankitty From: germankitty Date: October 30th, 2015 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I also regret the necessity.

Well, it's certainly a relief to know that you're not dropping people along with the fandom. :-) I shall enjoy reading of your further exploits in Village Life.

(Although I'd harboured a faint hope that I might get your opinion on my entry to the (last-ever) 2015 Beltane fest ... given that I ventured into the Plantagenet era of the Black Prince with H/D, the writing of which was exceedingly helped, if only by immersion in the approximate time period, through Channel 4's comprehensive coverage of the exhumation and re-interment of Richard III's remains. Oh well, can't have everything, I suppose. :P)

Have a peaceful Halloween weekend, and enjoy Bonfire Night!
being_here From: being_here Date: October 28th, 2015 06:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is a real shame. I have always loved your take on Harry and his world.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 29th, 2015 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

It's unfortunate and vexing.

Conscience, however, dictates my choice. Others may well reach different conclusions; and everyone is of course answerable to his own conscience, not to mine. I shall regret the loss of plashing about in this particular pool, but it certainly doesn't mean I shall abandon my friends who do; and I have always other writing to divert me.

Thank you for your very kind words.
steepholm From: steepholm Date: October 28th, 2015 11:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Speaking as a good friend of the woman who translated HP into Hebrew, I too regret your decision. I don't see anything "objectively anti-Jewish" in what she's said - at least as I've been able to find out what it was. But of course it's your decision.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 29th, 2015 02:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

I am obliged to you.

Everyone must of course consult his own conscience and reach her own conclusions.
froganon From: froganon Date: October 29th, 2015 02:50 am (UTC) (Link)

I did not realize that Rowling or Rickman are anti-Israel and I certainly respect your decision.

Meanwhile, by all means it is my preference to stay on as your mutual friend as I get much out of your writing about the real world.

With much respect and thanks,
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 29th, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

I must stress that when I say, 'all who sail in her', I refer to the fandom qua fandom, and not to those who choose to remain in it, whose friendship I should be sorry to lose and which I cherish.
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: October 29th, 2015 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Rowling hasn't resiled from a boycott, she has never supported one. She came out this week very publicly stating her reasoning for not supporting the boycott that was put forward in February.

Criticising Netanyahu is not an anti-Semitic position, it's one that is shared by a great many Israelis. It is entirely possible to be against the treatment of the Palestinian people without being against the state of Israel, just as it is possible to be against the treatment of Palestinian citizens without supporting the appalling actions of Palestinian individuals and some elements of Palestinian governments. It is exactly the same as you, me, and Jo Rowling supporting the State of Israel while condemning the bombing of the King David Hotel. These are not mutually exclusive positions.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: October 29th, 2015 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

My dear Brammers...

I am aware, precisely as you are, of what she said and tweeted, and parsed it carefully. I regard her views as being more than mere criticism of the current government in Israel; I regard them as being objectively anti-Israel. This is a matter on which persons may in good faith disagree, as we evidently do; I do wish to insist that I do not consider your reading of her to be in bad faith, and shall be obliged and gratified not to have my conclusions treated as being in bad faith.

As to the other point, I said very carefully what I meant. She has taken a position which puts her in what I consider bad company, but resiled from it insofar as it implies the boycott element of that madness, which she rejected and which was a line on the downward progress which she is, to her credit, unwilling to cross. It was not and is not that she supported at any time the boycott as an element of this madness, and then resiled from that element; it is that she supports in part that madness but has resiled from it so far as it should implicate support of the boycott.
blamebrampton From: blamebrampton Date: October 31st, 2015 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: My dear Brammers...

I don't think you are acting in bad faith, as I know you to be an honourable person. But I do believe you to be simply wrong.

There is nothing she has said or written that can be read as objectively anti-Israel. Anti-Netanyahu, yes, absolutely, and in a month when he has advocated and then resiled from Holocaust denial, I have every sympathy with anyone who thinks the man is part of the problem. But if it has come to a point where we must support political leadership to have respect for a state, then Rowling and I are both doomed as both of my home nations are currently under governments doing appalling things, yet I love them still. A state that cannot abide criticsim is no longer a modern democratic state, and that is far more of a problem than the criticism.
shezan From: shezan Date: November 5th, 2015 12:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Rickman has made that abominable play on Rachel Currie. Not so Rowling, whose name on the open letter condemning BDS was the best piece of news in this area in a LONG time. I haven't seen the statement you allude to; as for the letter, I know the signatories, George Weidenfeld and all, were delighted to have her on board. I think you are mistaken in dropping all things JKR. For one thing, she reaches the parts other slebs don't. And she's entitled to have divergences of views with the Israeli government.
dolorous_ett From: dolorous_ett Date: November 2nd, 2015 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have to do what you believe is right, but I think the fandom will be a poorer place if you leave it (despite disagreeing with a lot of what you say).

Still, your mind is made up, and since it's a principled decision it's unlikely to change.

Farewell, then, wherever you fare.
shezan From: shezan Date: November 5th, 2015 12:59 am (UTC) (Link)
" the fandom will be a poorer place if you leave it": yes. This. Exactly this. Do reconsider.
taradiane From: taradiane Date: November 8th, 2015 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
and of course rampant Lefty groupthink.

Good God yes.

I hope you mean only to lock your posts and not delete outright. Tis one in the same to us, but for your own sake, it would be a shame to erase that part of the past.

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