The world of fiction is a wonderful escape that takes us to places limited only by our imaginations. Many of us grew up lost in the magical world of Harry Potter. We waited for our Hogwarts letters, chose our houses, and immersed ourselves in the lore. The franchise has brought joy to countless fans worldwide. However, it’s also essential to differentiate between a work of fiction we adore from the real-world views of its creator.
Recent events have highlighted J.K. Rowling’s controversial stance on transgender issues. At Geeks Who Drink, while we deeply appreciate the magical universe of Harry Potter, we cannot support or condone sentiments that harm or invalidate the lived experiences of our transgender community members.
GWD Chief Editor Aaron Retka rightly said, “Geeks Who Drink believes trans rights are human rights.” We’re not just fans; we’re a community. And when our community members face a crisis, we rally together. It became increasingly clear that celebrating the Harry Potter franchise without addressing the elephant in the room was not an option.
Therefore, we took a step back, reevaluated, and came up with “The Unbranded, Totally Bootlegged Child Wizard Theme Quiz.” It’s a way to ensure that our love for the world of witchcraft and wizardry doesn’t overshadow our commitment to promoting and protecting the rights and well-being of transgender individuals, nonbinary youth, and the broader LGBTQIA+ community.
Our promise remains clear: At Geeks Who Drink, we will always put humanity first. We’re not just about quizzes; we’re about ensuring every young person, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, feels seen, heard, and valued. Our trans quizzers matter, their rights matter, and we will always strive to be their peer support and ally.
To our dedicated quizzers, we hope you understand our stance and join us in this new magical journey. To our trans community members: We stand with you. Always.
Happy quizzing to all, and may our trivia nights be filled with fun, laughter, and most importantly, love and respect for all.