But there are also the growing pains that come with a fandom that has, by and large, become adults — and taken the series’ values on that ride with them. They have come to adopt the idea that, to quote another of the undead, “with great power comes great responsibility” — even in art. That has a way of complicating things when the new additions to the wizarding narrative don’t match up with the ideals the original Potter books helped teach the fandom to explore: not only tolerance and love, but also social progress and social justice, among other things.
“It’s impossible to say what the future holds, but we will continue to protect the intellectual and political tradition that we see ourselves as a part of,” Tortorici said. “But there’s also a more urgent political imperative to resist this and take care of each other.”
So with March’s win, it’s a perfect time to retire terms like “graphic novel” and “sequential art,” which piggyback on the language of other, wholly separate mediums. What’s more, both terms have their roots in the need to dissemble and justify, thus both exude a sense of desperation, a gnawing hunger to be accepted.
Comics. Say it.