In depth analysis of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: Time Travel



You have been warned.

Here goes nothing: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is either bad canon or a good fanfic. Short explanation: I loved the new characters and the development of the old ones, and the dynamics between them, but story-wise is isn’t that good. Lots of tropes and screwing up established lore. Now I could ‘just’ write a review of the book, but I actually feel like going in-depth about the subject that ruined the story most for me: Time travel.

Time travel is tricky. It can be confusing, it has many forms and it’s hard to do it good. Time travel as explained in the 3rth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban, was done quite well in my opinion. However, now they’ve revisited the subject in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, they didn’t do so well. To explain, I need to visit some other franchises and forms of time travel where it is actually done well.

Prince of Persia: Undoing actions by rewinding
In Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, you are able to rewind time for a bit. Using this mechanic, you can undo a short period of time and start over. You end up in your own body where it was a few minutes ago, not creating any doppelgangers. [Disclaimer: in later PoP games this mechanic gets more complicated and elaborated, but let’s leave it at this for now]

Life is Strange: Creating an alternate universe by rewinding
In Life is Strange, your character has the same kind of ability as you have in Prince of Persia. You have the ability to rewind time for about 5 minutes, placing your ‘mind’ in your body where it was 5 minutes ago (so no doppelgangers), enabling you to make better choices. However, the timeline where you came from keeps existing, so by travelling back in time, you create an alternate universe in which different choices are made. Your body keeps existing in the original timeline too, so you’re actually ‘copying’ your mind and placing it in your body of 5 minutes ago, resulting in 2 you’s in 2 different universes.

Life is Strange, Steins;Gate and the Butterfly Effect: Travelling back and forth in time, memory gap versus memory addition
In both Life is Strange and Steins;Gate, you’re able to change events of the past, resulting in alternate universes where different choices were made. However, right after the changed event, the protagonist fast forwards to the alternate universe version of current time. As a result, the protagonist does not have knowledge of anything that took place between the changed event and the present, resulting in a lot of confusion. In the Butterfly Effect, the protagonist is also able to change events in the past, and travels back to the alternate present right after. However, the protagonist gains added memories of events that took place in that alternate universe. So the protagonist ends up having memories of 2 different lives.

Doctor Who: Staying in the same universe
The Doctor travels back and forth in time. However, changing the past does not result in an alternate universe. In fact, everything he changes in the past has already happened, thereby he is not really able to change the past which would otherwise result in an alternate future (there are exceptions, but this is how it generally goes, Doctor Who is very wibbly-wobbly timey wimey). Example: Let’s say he can’t find his wallet in the morning, but some time later he finds it in a strange place. Later that day he travels 24 hours back in time, and he moves his wallet from the usual place to the strange place. He didn’t actually change anything, because it already happened. Another interesting point is that he does not copy his mind and places it in a former version of himself, but he physically travels back in time. As a result, he disappears in the present time and 2 versions of him exist in the past.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Closing the loop
The mechanics of time travel in HP 3 are very similar to Doctor Who. Initially, Hermione uses the Time Turner to travel back short amounts of time to be able to follow multiple classes at once. She physically travels back in time, so she disappears in the present, resulting in a double Hermione in the past. Because Hermione only travels back a short amount of time, it isn’t necessary to travel back to the present. She just has to wait until her doppelganger travels back like she did, and take her place as soon as the doppelganger disappears (closing the loop). It is important to note that there are no alternate universes created in this case: Hermione is present in all classes at once, she isn’t creating different universes in which she follows different classes in each one. Later in the story, Harry sees his father creating a Patronus, and later he travels to the past, creating a Patronus in sight of Past-Harry, realizing he didn’t see his father but himself. This follows the ‘It has already happened’ logic. Same goes for saving Buckbeak: They didn’t create one universe where he was saved and one where he wasn’t saved: They actually already saved him in the past.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: A hot mess
I’m going to dissect this by pointing out facts that confused me or contradict the logic used in HP 3.

They are able to create an alternate universe
Albus and Scorpius get their hands on a Time Turner. They travel back a huge amount of time, change events, and travel back to the present. But instead of staying in the same timeline like in HP 3, they create an alternative timeline, and travel back to the present of that alternate timeline. This leaves them with a memory gap, similar to the mechanics in Life is Strange and Steins;Gate. There is nothing wrong with this mechanic on its own, but according to the lore that was established in HP 3, they should not be able to create an alternate timeline, but just travel back and forth in the same universe, not being able to really change things because everything has already happened. Granted, in the end the undo their changes and end up in the original timeline, but why does saving Buckbeak not create an alternate timeline, while Expelliarmus-ing Cedric does?

Abandoned universes stop existing
In one of the timelines where they end up, Ron and Hermione sacrifice themselves so that Scorpius is able to travel in time again to set things right. This suggests that when someone travels back in time, the abandoned timeline stops existing. Why would Ron and Hermione sacrifice themselves if their terrible universe would just keep on existing without them? Also,  Albus and Scorpius are physically time travelling (like in Doctor Who and HP3). By that logic, if universes would keep existing when they’re abandoned by the protagonists, they’re creating universes where they have forever disappeared. However, the book actually gives contradicting information, because when Albus and Scorpius have disappeared in the original timeline (travelled back in time), HP and gang keep on searching for them, proving that timelines keep existing after all. Which leaves 2 options: 1) all universes keep existing, resulting in universes where Albus and Scorpius have disappeared forever and Hemione’s and Ron’s sacrifice was in vain. 2) The original timeline keeps existing and newly created alternate timelines stop existing as soon as they’re abandoned.

They don’t follow their own logic
Because they screw up time so much, Albus and Scorpius indirectly kill Harry Potter, resulting in Albus never being born. Albus actually disappears at that point, but Scorpius is still there. However, if Albus was never born, Scorpius would never have any motivation to travel back in time in the first place, so by that logic he should disappear as well, which he doesn’t.

They create doppelgangers but they don’t
Albus and Scorpius physically travel back in time. So their bodies disappear in current time, and by that logic they should create doppelgangers in the past (this literally happens in HP 3). Because they travel back to a time where they haven’t been born yet, this doesn’t apply. But when they travel back to the (alternate) present, their mind is suddenly in the bodies of their alternate selves, in stead of creating a doppelganger, which would make more sense, following previous logic.

In conclusion:
The only way for time travel in HP and the Cursed Child to make sense is to follow these rules:

  • When you travel back in time but don’t travel back, but just wait until the loop is closed, you don’t create an alternate universe (HP 3), however, when you travel back in time, change events, and then fast forward back to the present, you have created an alternate timeline (HP and the Cursed Child). Or creating alternate universes just happens randomly. Or it depends on what you change. Or something.
  • The original timeline keeps existing, newly created alternate timelines stop existing as soon as they’re abandoned. Or you create multiple timelines where you have disappeared forever.
  • Preventing your own birth causes you to disappear, preventing events that caused you to time travel in the first place changes nothing. Because.
  • Travelling back to a time where you already exist creates a doppelganger, travelling to an alternate universe where you already exist doesn’t, your mind is transferred to the alternate you, leaving no memories of events in the alternate timeline prior to your transfer.

As you can see these rules are convoluted and obviously created in hindsight. Time travel logic in HP 3 was great: simple, clear rules, no exceptions. These new rules contradict everything established in HP 3, which is a real shame. Now I know it’s a play and it’s meant to be seen, not read. But J.K. said this is canon. So I really think it’s too bad that they’ve screwed up the otherwise great time-travel mechanics.

Being a ‘real’ fan part 2: Fake Gamer Girls

Last time I talked about fantitlement: The idea that you have to meet certain arbitrarily set requirements to call yourself a fan of something. This is somewhat an extend of that. Because as a gamer who is also of the female gender, I have the impression that I, more often as males, have to prove that I’m really into games. That is because of the myth of the ‘Fake Gamer Girl’.

The Fake Gamer girl is a female who craves attention from guys. Somehow she can’t get it from ‘normal’ guys, so she pretends to like video games so she can invade the geek game culture to mislead those poor sexually frustrated male gamers into giving her attention. Fake Gamer Girls are everywhere: Online playing Call of Duty, posting sexy pictures of themselves on Instagram, or cosplaying at conventions.

Newsflash: Fake Gamer Girls don’t exist. Or at least, they’re very rare. I hate the term ‘gamer girl’ to begin with, because I don’t understand why my gender has anything to do with my hobby. True, gaming is primary marketed to guys, and it used to be ‘male hobby’, in the long-long-ago, but that doesn’t mean that girls who are into it have to be viewed with so much suspicion. ‘What? A girl who’s into video games? Impossible! She must do it for the attention, that succubus!’.

You know what does exist? Models. Models who pretend to play video games, models who pretend to fix a car, models who pretend to be a carpenter. But we don’t call them ‘Fake Carpenter Girls’, right? But we don’t go around accusing real female carpenters of being ‘fake carpenter girls’ who are only doing it for the attention, right?


Yes, there are females who get paid to stream Call of Duty half naked, but you know what? Those are models and actresses. They’re not pretending to be anything. They’re not invading your precious little geek circle. And even if there are girls who post a few pictures of themselves on Instagram, wearing a bikini, licking a controller, what harm are they doing? They might get a few likes! Oh no! Really, there is no malicious intend there guys.

So yea, learn the difference between models and reality and stop accusing female gamers of being ‘fake’, when they tell you that Mario is their favourite game of if they don’t have a favourite Battle Toad (again with the arbitrary standards). Just treat them like your male gaming buddies please.


How Captain Jack Harkness came sashaying into my life

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Let me tell you the story of how Captain Jack Harkness came sashaying into my life.


First, let me explain I’m not talking about the ‘real’ Captain Jack Harkness (although I wouldn’t mind him occupying my house, cuddling up on the couch and claiming a spot in my bed). I’m talking about the furry Captain Jack Harkness.

In February a cat wandered into my backyard. For about a week he kept coming back each day, complaining loudly and keeping my neighbours and myself awake at night. After a week I took pity and because of the bad weather I provided shelter in my shed and started feeding him.

A week later he still came back daily and spend his nights in my shed. I contacted the local animal shelter and someone came by to check if he was chipped. He also got temporary collar with the telephone number on it from the shelter. Actually, funny story, the collar was one of those hospital bands you get with your name on it, and it didn’t fit, I had to attach two together to make a proper fitting collar.


I also made sure he was being listed online as a ‘found’ cat on different websites.

I already named him Jack, as in Captain Jack Harkness, and he seemed to respond to that name. (He wasn’t neutered and a real ladies man.) Jack needed to walk around with the collar for a week to see if he went back to the original owners.

Needless to say, after a week no call and the animal shelter contacted me to pick up Jack. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to say goodbye because they had a limited window of time to pick him up so my mum took care of that while I was on my way home from work.

Jack needed to stay in quarantine for 2 weeks, so again the original owners were able to pick him up and after two weeks if nobody claimed him he would be neutered and put up for adoption.


My mum and I were arguing about possibly adopting Jack and we frequently contacted the animal shelter to check how Jack was doing. The animal Shelter discovered he had gingivitis and they would clean it as soon as he was put under for the neutering.

The last day of those two weeks my mum and I were anxiously waiting until we could call the shelter to check how his operation had gone until… the shelter contacted me. The original owners picked him up and took him home, with no other plans made to get him neutered or to fix his gums.

I mean, your cat is away from home for over 5 weeks and after 5 weeks you decide it’s time to go look for him? And you let a cat of 3 years old wander outside without being neutered? Even the people of the animal shelter were very disappointed because they figured out Jack was a really sweet cat and they can’t do anything if the original owners claim him. They even advised me that if Jack showed up at my house again I might call the animal police and report the original owners as neglect.


So, on good Friday we learned his was being picked up by his original owners and guess who came back at Easter Sunday? Yep, Jack came back home, still not neutered. I was trying to give the original owners a chance so I didn’t feed him or provided him shelter. After a couple of days where Jack kept coming back I caved again and started feeding him.

I called the animal shelter again and explained the story, they would give my contact info to the original owners so I could talk to them.

After a couple of days, I got a call from the original owners and explained what happened, that Jack was in my garden again and it was important that if they wanted to pick him up and take him to the vet I would do my best to help them. I also asked them if they might want to put Jack up for adoption. The owners would think about it and call me back.

Another week gone and I slowly tried to integrate Jack into my home, keeping him inside for a couple of hours at a time and feeding and cuddling him. Oh and the owners didn’t call me. So I tried to call them, left messages and finally I got someone on the phone. Explained again I wanted to adopt him and get him to a vet asap!

They would call me after the weekend with a decision, yeah right! Another week had gone by and finally the original owners decided to give him to me. I made sure I had some papers for them to sign to officially give Jack to me.

A couple of days after they signed I kept Jack inside and he was finally taken to the vet. Oh and I called the animal shelter to tell them the good news. They were equally happy! He already got his annual shots at the shelter so that would save me a bit of cash.

Jack was taken to the vet to get neutered, chipped and checked for kidney problems and cat aids. He came clean!


We decided to take Jack to my mum for a couple of weeks so he had the chance to heal properly and to get rid of all the scabs he got from fighting all the time outside.

Last week he finally came home and is one happy and purring cat (which he didn’t do the first couple of weeks.) James, my other cat tolerates him and hopefully they will get along in the end.

And that is the story about how Captain Jack Harkness came sashaying into my life.

He sheds like crazy and I’m constantly covered in his sticky hairs (James’ hairs don’t stick a lot) eats like crazy, makes a mess of my house, covering it in cat litter but when he comes for a cuddle I totally melt.

I never planned to get a second cat, but this one choose me and what more can I say? I am now the proud owner of Sir James and Captain Jack Harkness, or is it the other way round?

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, a book review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Sometimes life can be very strange. A while back I bought the book Hex, written by Dutch writer Thomas Olde Heuvelt. I was drawn to it by the fact that it was being promoted as the new Dutch fantasy novel.


For some reason I put it in my bookcase and forgot about it (sorry Thomas).

Earlier this year whilst I was attending Dutch Comic Con, Thomas was there, signing books. I felt a small pang of shame as I remembered that unread book, still in my bookcase, and bummed I didn’t have it with me to get it signed.

Still, I again forgot about it, until two days ago. One of my friends posted a screenshot of the tweet made by Stephen King, the master of horror himself, praising Thomas his book. How epic and cool is that! So I liked that post and yesterday I got a friend request from Thomas himself.


Maybe this was the universe telling me, read the book! Ok, ok. I got my copy, settled on the couch and… read the book in one go.

Now I have read loads of books, the fact that I own over 700 of them is prove as well. And there aren’t many books I read in one sitting, where I am drawn into it, forget the world around me and keep turning page after page, desperately wanting to know what happens next. This book did.

Slight note. As I understand it, the English version is slightly different from the Dutch version. I read the Dutch one, but now I want to get my hands on an English copy as well.

Synopsis according to Goodreads:

Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay ’til death. Whoever settles, never leaves. Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a 17th century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters your homes at will. She stands next to your bed for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened. The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated with being kept in lockdown, the town’s teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting, but in so doing send the town spiraling into the dark, medieval practices of the past.

Author info according to Goodreads:

Thomas Olde Heuvelt

  • Born in Nijmegen, Netherlands


Dutch novelist THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT (1983) is the author of five novels and many short stories. His work has appeared in many languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French. In 2015, his story The Day the World Turned Upside Down was the first ever translated work to win a Hugo Award. Two more of his stories have been nominated for both Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. In 2016, Olde Heuvelt’s critically acclaimed novel HEX, which became a bestseller in The Netherlands, will be launched around the globe (In the US by MacMillan/Tor and in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton). Warner Bros. is currently developing a TV series based on the book. “HEX is reminiscent of vintage Stephen King, and I can think of no higher praise. Chilli

Dutch novelist THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT (1983) is the author of five novels and many short stories. His work has appeared in many languages, including English, Chinese, Japanese, Italian and French. In 2015, his story The Day the World Turned Upside Down was the first ever translated work to win a Hugo Award. Two more of his stories have been nominated for both Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. In 2016, Olde Heuvelt’s critically acclaimed novel HEX, which became a bestseller in The Netherlands, will be launched around the globe (In the US by MacMillan/Tor and in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton). Warner Bros. is currently developing a TV series based on the book.

I’ll try not to give away too many spoilers.

What I loved about this book, first and foremost is that it is set in the region I originally come from (for the people who read the Dutch version of the book). I was born in a smallish town in ‘Brabant’ although not as small as the town ‘Beek’ mentioned in the book. But how the people and townsfolk act is pretty much how I remember it (minus the horror stuff, but then again, I wouldn’t be surprised). It has nothing compared to living in a larger city where you are lucky if your neighbours greet you at all.

Not until the second chapter you finally begin to get a grasp what the story is about, and throughout the book you begin to grasp the situation about Hex. I imagine when reading the book for a second time you will get a lot of aha moments, small little signs you missed the first time because know you know.

It is amazing how Thomas managed to capture todays life, with texting, popular language and big brother is watching you and at the same time describes that small town feel and throw you back into the middle ages as well.

Some of the horror stuff, nope no spoilers, you should really read the book yourself, reminded me a lot of the books written by Bridget Wood and which I think is high praise. Thomas has captured multiple important ethical dilemmas while being subjected to years and years of indoctrination and pear pressure in such a way that it’s almost scary, even if applied to today’s everyday life and how we as people react to say the refugees’ crisis.

If you are susceptible to nightmares I suggest reading this book during the day, or keep a light on at night when you go to bed. Unfortunately, I’m past this point, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t scare me at some points.

Not one point during the book I had a moment where I had that feel of pages being filled, just for the sake of creating pages (which some books do). From beginning to end it captures you and I hate myself sometimes for having a high reading speed and finishing it in a couple of hours.

The book leaves you hunger for more, but as I said, luckily I can read the English version as well!

Thomas, ik had niet gedacht dat Hex zo ontzettend goed zou zijn. Schrijf meer van dit soort boeken, je hoort thuis in de fantasy wereld en ik kan niet wachten tot een eventuele verfilming en meer van je fantastische verhalen.

This books gets a well-deserved 5 out of 5 star review and I recommend you get your hands on a copy and read it, over and over again, because this is a book you can read multiple times.

Have you read it?

Lots of love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Hot cute girly geek goes Shakespeare!

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I’ve been on a bit of a cultural tour the last couple of weeks. I started with Shakespeare live, in between watched Captain America Civil War and ended last night with the musical Beauty and the Beast.


But let us start with Shakespeare live. I started with Coriolanus a couple of years ago and that made me fall in love with Shakespeare. The fact that some well know actors play in the parts is a big help as well.


I mentioned before we Dutchies are not being raised with Shakespeare as the British are. But I thank National Theatre live and the Royal Shakespeare company for transmitting the live plays to cinemas all over the world. For me this means I have access to amazing plays for a couple of euros and can enjoy going to theatre more often. As plays go I’ve watched Coriolanus, Hamlet, Frankenstein (both versions) War Horse and now Shakespeare live. I also watched Richard the III in London with Martin Freeman starring. (And I visited the Globe theatre a couple of years ago).

It’s amazing to think that all this happened because I had a lower back hernia, started blogging, reviewed Wicked, met one of my best friends thanks to this, who introduced me to Doctor Who and Sherlock, which eventually let me to love Shakespeare. The world is a funny place.


On the 23rd of April the UK marked the birthday of Shakespeare himself as well as his 400th anniversary of his death. (How sad is it to die on your birthday). Together with loads of celebrations throughout the country the Royal Shakespeare Company prepared a special event, hosted by non-other than David Tennant and Catherine Tate.

It was a truly magnificent evening where a wide range of sketches were prepared to celebrate this event and the works of Shakespeare.

It had interpretive dance, rap, ballet, opera, singing, monologues and dialogues, comedy sketches, and loads more. I can honestly say I was in awe that evening, I laughed, I cried, I cried from laughter. I think not even epic can truly catch the meaning of the evening.


The line-up was amazing and I’m always in awe that most UK actors who to television and films are schooled in theatre as well. For me that is a sign of a true actor.

If you live in the UK you can watch Shakespeare live from BBC iPlayer and it will still be hosted in cinemas in the US and Australia, and I’m hoping a DVD will be made.

Unfortunately the BBC has blocked pretty much all the sketches from YouTube, I really wanted to show you a line of Hamlets. So have a pic instead.


Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.


New series review: Wynonna Earp

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. Today I will be reviewing Wynonna Earp, or at least the couple of episodes that have been aired up until now (that’s just 4!!!).


I’m always on the look-out for new series to watch, yep, I have no life, at least not a social one (well, a partially social life). And this time I stumbled upon Wynonna Earp. Or as I call it, hopefully the female version of Supernatural, set in the Wild Wild West if Jo was still alive.

Wynonna Earp is brought to you by the syfy channel and it has that same feeling as a lot of their series. I don’t know what that is, but if you’ve been watching a lot of series you immediately can tell if it’s produced by syfy, or CW or HBO or any other network.


Originally starting out as a comic book series and riding the success of the Marvel / DC brought to our screens. It specifies as an Action/Western/Fantasy/Horror series. Yep….

According to IMDB: Based on the IDW Comic, Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter as she battles demons and other creatures. With her unique abilities, and a posse of dysfunctional allies, she’s the only thing that can bring the paranormal to justice.

But like I said before, it feels like the female version of Supernatural, only the sisters don’t travel cross-country but stay in Purgatory, the town, not the gateway to Hell.

I mean, there is Wynonna herself, leather jacket wearing, drinking, swearing, bad-ass with a gun, older sister coming back to her hometown where just about everyone hates her. She lost her father (shot him) and her sister, has a nasty prophecy hanging above her head and a special gun that can kill demons! Oh and she is trying to protect her still alive sister. (Dean)


And we have Waverly, the younger sister, trying to bad-ass herself, bit of a dork, super smart, speaks Latin, does a lot of research, had an imaginary friend called Bobo, and wants nothing more than help big sis killing demons. (Sam)


Agent Dolls, bit of a mystery man, can get his hands on some really old, creepy occult objects, knows his occult stuff, trying to teach Wynonna how to kill demons and other monsters and how to shoot. Doesn’t take shit from no-one but somehow will protect the girls. (Bobby)


Doc Holliday, once a good-guy, now we don’t know yet, seems to be working for both parties, the good and the evil side, old but still good looking, there is some tension between him and Wynonna and you’re constantly wondering if she is gonna kill him or f*ck him. (Cas)

WYNONNA EARP -- "Keep the Home Fires Burning" Episode 102 -- Pictured: Tim Rozon as Doc Holliday -- (Photo by: Michelle Faye/Syfy/Wynonna Earp Productions)

And we have demons, not the black-eyed ones but these have red eyes, are stuck in Purgatory, again the town and trying to get out before Wynonna kills them with her special gun. If they are killed they get sucked back into hell, looks pretty cool.

So, we’re four episodes in and I kinda like it. It’s funny, I like strong female leads, it reminds me of Supernatural, I don’t know, it appeals to me for some reason.

Have you seen it? What are your thoughts? And no I haven’t read the comics so no spoilers!!!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Being a ‘real’ fan, part 1: Fantitlement

We are all a fan of something. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. Maybe it’s Doctor Who or Sherlock. Maybe you like video games or anime, you probably have a favourite band or musician. Fandom can be something wonderful. You can meet like-minded people and make new friends. But something caught my attention lately. Something that irks me. Because I’ve come across people that seem to think that there is a very important difference between ‘fake’ fans and ‘real’ fans. And I hate that idea. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to write about it, but also the subject became more complicated and more elaborate. That’s why I’m splitting this up in 4 parts, with this post as the first.

Fan entitlement, or fantitlement as I like to call it, is something I’ve come across many times. I’ll be writing this mostly from my perspective as a gamer, but it happens in other media too. Let me first define ‘fantitlement’: The idea that you have to meet certain requirements to call yourself a true fan. It happened many times to me, online as well as in real life, that when I introduce myself as a gamer, people start asking me about what games I play, how many consoles I have, if I play games on PC too, if I have finished all the games, etc., which could be out of genuine interest, but often it’s something else. They’re interrogating me. Testing if I’m a ‘real gamer’, or just pretending to be. Funny thing is, that the requirements that I have to meet are always arbitrarily set by my conversation partner. Some of you may have seen my Zelda collection, still someone managed to tell me that I’m not a real Zelda fan because I’ve never finished the first 2 games (which came out in 1986 and 1987). Some might not call me a real gamer because I mainly play on consoles. Some might call me casual gamer because I like Nintendo a lot.

Like I said, this happens in other media too. I’m sure there are a lot of people who will say that you’re not a real Doctor Who fan if you’ve never watched to original series or if you don’t particularly hate Stephen Moffat. Or are telling you that you can’t be a Marvel fan if you’ve only seen the movies but never read a comic. That you can’t say you love anime when you’ve only seen Spirited Away and Death Note.

Well people, I call bullshit. Maybe someone didn’t put as much dedication in his or her fandom as you, but that doesn’t mean they can’t call themselves a fan. You’re not entitled to the title of fan either. ‘Fan’ isn’t a badge of honour that you have to deserve. Maybe someone just has different priorities money-wise. Maybe someone was born in the wrong era, maybe someone doesn’t have as much free time as you. Maybe they are uninformed and they just don’t know about the other cool stuff that’s available. Or maybe, Gods forbid, they don’t exactly like the same things you do.

I once came across a girl who said to me that she was a huge Zelda fan. After a short conversation I found out the she thought that Twilight Princess was the only Zelda game that existed. There are 2 things I could do at that point: Laugh in her face, brag about my impeccable Zelda knowledge, and make her cry. 2) Tell her that there are more games like that, share my fondness of the franchise with her, and make her happy. The choice it not that hard right? Be happy that there are more people that enjoy the things you love, and share that joy! Don’t make fandom a competition!