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Ahead of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a rumor began circulating that J.K. Rowling was going to kill off Harry’s best friend, Ron Weasley. That didn’t happen, though Rowling admits she seriously considered it. But the fact that the idea was so believable reveals a problem with Chosen One stories. They create a narrative power imbalance where the main character’s best friends can never be their equal. They can be killed off to show the situation is serious, but even if they survive, they’re relegated to emotional support and comic relief. They’re sidekicks at best, accessories at worst. But they can choose another path. The heart of Netflix and DreamWorks’ animated reboot series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is... Continue reading…