bury your heroes

J. K. ローリングの騒動について

Like many adults who grew up in the early 2000s, I did so alongside Harry Potter and his friends. My mother read the first two books out loud to my sister and me before we went to sleep, but after that, I started to read them on my own. When my youngest brother was seven and I was a teenager, I began reading the books out loud to him before he went to sleep. I have watched all of the movies in theatres, been to Universal Studios just to go to the Harry Potter area, and bought Harry Potter toys and merchandise long after the books were finished. Most recently, early during the pandemic when we were quarantined at home, my middle brother and I watched all eight Harry Potter movies in one day. As we watched, I couldn’t help but fill him in on information from the books that the movies didn’t include, from fun facts to missing plotlines.


Like many people my age, I am part of a generation that watched the gap between artist and audience gradually close over time. Once, artists and celebrities were shrouded in mystery. Now, with the rise of social media, a more personal experience of consuming media has emerged. We can see daily updates from our favourite actors and actresses on social media, learn to cook from celebrity chefs through their personal YouTube channels, read blogs written by pop idols, and more. These people let us into their lives, showing us sides of them that in another period of time, we would not be exposed to. This makes them feel more like people rather than figures, which can be endearing in many ways and make us feel closer to them. However, it can also reveal their faults.