How much power should we give JK Rowling over our favourite characters? She doesn’t even seem to know ship from ship herself anymore- didn’t she take back Romione out of the blue not so long ago? Harry Potter may have begun as JK’s baby, but it’s grown up now and it can do what it likes, thank you very much.
You think Nuna would be faboo together? Go ahead!
You believe Seamus and Dean were secretly snuggling while Harry and Ron were oblivious? Why not?!
You have a fabulous Wolfstar headcanon you just can’t get out of your head? Embrace it!
Ship them! Ship them all! Ship the weirdest ship imaginable. Ship the ship that’s so canon it’s almost universal. JK Rowling is as much a speculator in the world of Potter now as we are. She lost the power to control it when she submitted the final draft of the final book. Don’t let the writer be the dictator. Make it a group effort. Draw that fan art, write that fanfic, come up with those feels-inducing headcanons.
We have the right to imagine the world of Harry Potter in any way we want. We shouldn’t need validation. Potter is mine, Potter yours, Potter is everyone’s. Not just JK Rowling’s.
everyone I know that watched tfa without going on tumblr/twitter all thought ReyxFinn is the main pairing in tfa, and that Finn's obviously crushing on Rey, like that was their first impression when watching the movie. the only reason reylo is a thing is because of social media and teenage girls romanticizing everything, they said. what do you think about this?? btw I don't ship reylo but I don't ship finn & rey either. I ship rey with myself lol jk no but I don't really ship in general
everyone you know, huh?
okay, let’s break this down.
i can agree that finn is crushing on rey, but the narrative of the film conveys two major counterpoints: A. rey doesn’t reciprocate his attraction, B. finn’s crush is not framed as “cute”.
remember when han solo tells him women can always tell the truth? finn’s arc is learning that he is valuable without the stormtrooper uniform. in order to do that, he must slowly build an identity to fight against his oppressors. that’s wonderful. you know what he does on that journey? he admits to rey he was lying to her because he didn’t think he could have a new identity. rey is a stepping stone in the process of self-realization. she is not the key. that’s why finn’s “crush” is not encouraged. he starts out thinking he has to be rey’s hero in order to become someone new. and then he slowly learns that it’s not her he has to save, but himself. again, beautiful.
at no point in this movie is their romance directly addressed or encouraged.
just because those people noticed finn is “obviously crushing on rey”, they now feel entitled to think this will be the main pairing? how? why? honestly, that sounds like some Nice Guy bullshit. literally, there are so many examples in pop culture and fiction that refute this bizarre notion. finn isn’t there to just “get the girl”. his arc is separate from rey’s. yes, they help each other and i do think they care a lot about each other. but finn isn’t defined by rey. their struggles are vastly different.
so you’re telling me just because finn has a small crush, they think it’s endgame???
and these same people go on about how teenage girls romanticize reylo? LMAO, what the fuck are they doing when they take finn’s minor crush and turn it into full-blown epic romance??? pot calls kettle black.
and ffs, if only “teenage girls” like reylo, then, let’s round up everyone who worked on this movie and label them as adolescents. jj abrams and lawrence kasdan would be the queen bees.
it is completely insulting to everyone who is interested in this ship to call them “immature”, when the MAIN TEXT of this movie is positing these two characters together with a clear vision in mind. i agree that fandom tends to expand a potential ship. it’s what fandom does. but you’re telling me that the lengthy and symbolic scenes dedicated to these two in the movie were just there for shits and giggles? the third act/climax of force awakens is not shooting a death star. it’s not even han fucking solo dying. it’s the battle between kylo and rey. because it announces the major core of the trilogy. the push and pull between two people who may or may not be related, may or may not become romantic. that’s not the point. the point is that they have been placed at the center for a reason. because they matter, together.
but i suppose this vile hatred of teenage girls is fueled by the fact that they’re right. these teenage girls are simply following the movie’s obvious, obvious cues. if you spend two minutes on a silent scene of two characters simply staring at each other while their minds are latched in a duel, you are making a goddamn point about their dynamic. we, as consumers, will fucking notice because we’re supposed to.
and you know what? i’m not a teenage girl, i’m a full-grown woman (although eh, opinions vary on that) and what i saw on the screen surprised me, because i did not even suspect there would be so much material between kylo and rey. honestly, they trailers made it seem like the real conflict would be between finn and kylo.
so, i, along with other adult or teenage viewers, were given this material to sit on. some people, like myself, wanted to see more of this dynamic. some people didn’t, which is fine.
what is not fine is bringing out the tired-old argument that teenage girls are the devil. and why are they vilified? for picking up on what, again, is the main text of the movie. namely that kylo and rey, together, matter.
you don’t have to ship them, of course, but you have to acknowledge they matter. and for those people who claim that finn/rey has got more narrative importance than kylo/rey, they should look at the way they themselves phrased it. “finn’s obvious crush”. oh, how novel.
anyway, this rant wasn’t meant for you, anon, but thanks for bringing this up because it was about time i settled these things. it also goes to show that communities like tumblr and twitter are ostracized for basically watching movies.
the difference is, we don’t go around blaming people and calling them immature for shipping finn/rey. we accept that pairing as a valid contender, but we also argue why and how reylo, romantic or not, is more central to this movie’s story.
romanticizing exists on both sides, but one side, unfortunately, can’t accept that they are watching a space opera about family, love and betrayal. and for that, they are the whiny brats, not us.
(also lol, shipping rey with yourself is probably the smartest move 10/10)
1) “Character A despises me for an unfounded rumor which wasn’t my fault and is easily disproven. Despite this, they actively avoid me and are cold towards me to protect their own reputation and reject me and my friends because we are of Slytherin house"
2) “Character B immediately accepted me for who I was and never believed the unfounded rumors about me and defended me when I was most vulnerable. Being forced apart was devastating for the both of us, leaving us both heartbroken and crying because of it. I gave up a life of power and popularity– something which I never had– to have them again. I risked the destruction of the world to have them back. I used memories of them to find courage enough to survive soul-sucking dementors. I am clearly jealous of their romantic interests and am uncharacteristically irritable and dismissive and try to ditch said romantic interest at first opportunity. We agreed to die together to fix our mistakes, our torturer’s threats had no effect on Character B until they threatened me and I have spent my life dreaming about having adventures like Harry Potter and others in history books before me but just having Character B is better. If had to choose anyone to face the return of eternal darkness with I would chose them”