Harry Potter author blasted over use of Navajo legends in latest work

J.K. Rowling used Navajo legends for Fantastic Beasts work

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The British author of the Harry Potter franchise is being criticized for some of her latest work.

Author J.K. Rowling is currently promoting her upcoming movie called, Fantastic Beasts.

A mock academic study on her website purports to be a history of magic in North America.

However, parts of this fake history are actually taken from Navajo legends.

Now Rowling is taking some heat.

“You can’t just claim and take a living tradition of a marginalized people. That’s straight up colonialism appropriation,” said Adrienne Kenne, a Cherokee academic, in a written rebuttal.

Navajo writer Brian Young also blasted Rowling.

“Yo, J.K. Rowling, my ancestors didn’t survive colonization so you could use our culture as a convenient prop,” wrote Young.

Social media is heating up with this battle.

Many fans of J.K. Rowling say Indigenous people should feel honoured she mentioned their culture.

Rowling has not directly responded to the controversy.

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