Presumably, every one of you has at least one talent: i.e. school work, drawing, painting, writing, cooking, sewing, sculpting, HTML, Photoshop, etc. Right? So imagine if you were doing your thing, and some angry and hateful stranger came flying in and backspaced what you were writing, over-salted your dish, smashed your clay, crossed out all of the answers on your homework, dumped paint on your canvas or tore what you were sewing in half? I image you would not sit back and agree that yes, they are right and you were wrong. Of course the way you were making YOUR creation was not the CORRECT way to do it. Let me teach you two words. They are “creative” and ”license.” Together, they make CREATIVE LICENSE. Do you know who has these magical things? JKR, David Yates, Mike Newell, and Chris Columbus. Their jobs are to write books and make movies—VERY important books and movies. A lot of pressure lay on their shoulders to produce quality work, fast. So now, I want you to put yourself in their shoes. Could YOU have directed a Harry Potter film any better than them? I won’t even ask if you could have written the books better, because the answer is no. What the directors took from the films HAD to be taken out. If Momma Rowling left something out, she had a reason for it. Not only did these incredible people have Warner Brothers, the cast, and each other breathing down their necks, but now the fans, the people who are supposed to love the outcome no matter what, are tearing apart their work LIKE THEY COULD HAVE DONE IT BETTER. So, in my opinion, if you haven’t read the books: you’re still a fan. If you haven’t seen the movies: you’re still a fan. If the only thing you can do is sit down and point out the minute flaws of the most incredible story/film series/franchise ever to grace the planet: you are not a fan. If you could have done it better, don’t talk down on it. (And you couldn’t have.)
This fandom can be the ugliest.