It looks like J.K. Rowling is in trouble with the racial grievance crowd again. Previously the Harry Potter author elicited yelps of outrage when she described the nature of Native American magic. Now, with her description of the origins of the American version of Hogwarts, Ilvermorny, the social justice warriors are on the war path again (no pun intended.)

The story involves a young Irish witch who flees on the Mayflower to America to escape her muggle hating aunt and who winds up founding the Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, open to both European and Native American practitioners of magic.

Apparently, Ms. Rowling has both “appropriated” and “erased” the traditions of the first peoples of the Americas with this deceptively charming tale.

The problem, according to a turgid article in Salon, seems to be two-fold.

First, Rowling, as a white European, ought not to be using Native American myth and legend, to begin with. That is “appropriation” based on the idea that only the group that originated the culture can enjoy it, and anyone else who dares to do so is “appropriating” or stealing it from its rightful owner.

Never mind that cultures have been influencing one another, cross-pollinating, and growing richer as a result since the dawn of time.

Second, Rowling’s story is not one of unrelenting white European oppression of the Native Americans. Not only that, but her story does not have any identifiable Native American characters. Of course, if it had, Rowling would be accused of appropriating again.

It should be noted that in the story, European magic users and Native American magic users seem to get along, unlike their muggle (or “no maj’) counterparts.

But, of course, Rowling is a writer of fantasy.

Some nitpicking about time and distance is brought up, including the fact that the site of Ilvermorny is 180 miles of what was trackless wilderness in the 17th Century from Plymouth. Then, we have to state again, the work is a story of fantasy.

One wonders what Sen. Elizabeth Warren thinks of this kerfuffle. She is obviously a fan of Harry Potter since she, tongue in cheek, applied to be the teacher of the defense of the dark arts at Ilvermorny, She also claims to be part Cherokee.

Maybe she could weigh in on the controversy and settle it once and for all given her moral authority.

Even more deliciously, maybe Donald Trump, the greatest foe of political correctness living, could spring to Rowling’s defense. Wouldn’t that he ironic?

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