It’s been a few months since Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker garnered mixed responses from audiences. Since then, there’s been a notable amount of plot points retconned, from the meaning behind a kiss, to clarifying who’s actually a clone. Fans have seen such announcements as “too little, too late,” and one prolific person has especially taken issue, in the form of writer J.K. Rowling.
In a statement she released on Twitter, the Harry Potter author blasted those behind the property, “Who does Lucasfilm think they are needlessly retconning a profitable franchise to the irritation of fans everywhere? That’s my turf.”
“The company doesn’t even need to do this to keep fans interested, but it’s all I have,” Rowling continues in her thread of tweets, “Star Wars has delivered many popular games, while my franchise has a Pokémon Go rip-off. The Mandalorian has Baby Yoda, while I have to hope The Niffler is cute enough to lure audiences to Eddie Redmayne acting opposite a bored Johnny Depp. It’s all I can do to pad out my big-budget fan-fiction from LiveJournal.”
“At this point, I’m expecting Lucasfilm to just outright rip me off. Just wait, next week they’ll divulge that Jedi combat their abstinence by using the Force to masturbate, or Jedis poop wherever they walk, and the force wipes their arses. Do you know how hard I worked to ruin fans goodwill? There’s only so many other cultures I can appropriate.”
One user replied to her by offering a suggestion, that she could differentiate her series by offering representation within her actual works, perhaps to the transgender community. Rowling responded with a gif of a cat glaring.
With the amount of tidbits Lucasfilm keeps revealing, it seems this form of damage control won’t end anytime soon. If there’s a silver lining here, perhaps this can motivate Rowling to try something different with her works.
UPDATE: J.K. Rowling confirms that Hagrid once had a night of passion with Professor McGonagall, “She’s into hairy men, and he likes cats.”