This is my first answer on Si/b/eria btw.
I think it already is toxic, not the whole fandom, but just the small few sector. Especially those who have become very involved in the Shipping wars. In which doing so, has turned them into rabid fans and ruined the series for others like myself. This has tainted the Harry Potter universe and split the Fandom, sadly.
This is very evident in places like Quora, where Freedom of Speech is now used as personal catapults to fire targeted answers. It may not always be directly targeted at groups, but the distaste in the answer is clear. This is seen a lot between the Shipping wars, specifically the Romione shippers vs Harmione shippers. Not all, but many of the answer or essays, are dripping with hate on the pairing and the group. It's unnecessary.
Remember when we only used to be Potterheads?
I won't be surprised if you don't, we are to blame to have let our views and opinions separate us into different groups. We were all Potterheads at one time, but then slowly our views on pairings, characters of others related topics caused rifts to form between fans. And it's really sad to see. We all fell in love with the Harry Potter universe solely on the magical world, and the magic behind Rowlings words not the pairings.
There's nothing wrong, with shipping Harry and Hermione or even, Draco and Hermione or the others pairings that exist. There's nothing wrong with debating whether James or Snape was the bully or not. If you haven't read the books and only seen the films, you're a Potterhead as just as much as everyone else is, not any less.
It's not having our OTPs or having different views that made the Fandom toxic. It's not accepting that others have different views and opinion, you don't need to agree with them, you just need to show some level of respect and move on.
We are entitled to our own opinion, but we all share a responsibility to ensure we express them in a way that doesn't offend anyone.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.