JK Rowling said she would have made Seamus/Dean canon but she felt it would be distracting from the main trio
Literally how much space do you need to have a line about Dean asking Seamus to the Yule ball
Look, I’ll try
"Parvati had tried to ask Dean to the ball, but he told her he was going with Seamus instead."
Oh hot damn. That would’ve kicked so much ass.
Yeah, this is about as much bullshit as the idea that Dumbledore’s sexuality couldn’t be canon because it wasn’t appropriate for his character to mention his sexuality. Even though we learned what kind of socks he liked, what kind of ice cream he prefers, what his family is like, and all sorts of other random stuff.
If Rowling thinks a throwaway line about anything queer will be such a bombshell as to distracs readers from the entire main story, maybe she’s not as cool with queer people existing as she claims to be.
"distracting from the main trio" What, and Tonks/Lupin, Bill/Fleur, Hagrid/Madame Maxime, all of Ginny’s flings…those aren’t? We get to see details about straight couples, even when they’re not really relevant to the main trio.
Going back to the Yule ball, how hard would it be to, say, talk about Dean and Seamus laughing and holding hands in the same paragraph that Krum is described as being with a mysterious pretty girl? Is there any reason why we can’t have Harry yelling at Dean during a DA meeting because he’s cutting Seamus too much slack? (“YOU WILL. JINX. YOUR BOYFRIEND.”)
These guys share a DORM ROOM, for fuck’s sake. This could have opened a window of opportunities for “get a room” comments! Or maybe the trio needs to talk about something in the dorm, but then Harry arrives in the common room to see Ron kinda sulking in one of the chairs, and when Harry asks, he starts saying “Dean and Seamus-” and Harry just sort of cuts him off with an “oh ok”, and THEN they talk about what they needed to talk about, which would definitely be relevant to the plot.
Besides, how hard is it to simply put down in the Harry Potter Wiki that these guys are legit a thing? To talk about how they now live together, maybe with a kid or two? Is it really that hard?
This has been an angry and tired queer kid’s rant, and I need to sleep now.
Those are some beautiful examples. <3 The whole argument of ‘couldn’t fit it in the story’ is soooooo much bullshit.