JK Rowling says Harry Potter fans are grateful she aired trans views

JK Rowling says Harry Potter fans are grateful she aired trans views


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JK Rowing has said many Harry Potter fans “were grateful” for her stance that women should not be ousted from their jobs for believing biological sex is real.

The author, 57, also told how she knew another comment about transgender women nearly three years ago would land like a “hand grenade” online.

Transgender rights activists launched a barrage of abusive messages at the author when she lent her support to tax expert Maya Forstater who lost her job at a think tank in March 2019 after claiming people cannot change their biological sex.

Rowling was accused of “betraying” the values of tolerance and acceptance promoted in the Harry Potter series.

In the latest episode of the podcast, The Witch Trials of JK Rowling, the author said: “I have to tell you a ton of Potter fans were still with me and in fact, a ton of Potter fans were grateful I had said what I said.

“I am constantly told I don’t understand my own books and I am constantly told that I have betrayed my own books.

“My position is that I am absolutely upholding the positions I took in Potter. My position is that this activist movement in the form it is currently taking echoes the very thing I was warning against in Harry Potter.”

Rowling revealed that she had forewarned her management team of the “massive storm” that would follow after the tweet.

She said: “I knew what was coming and sure enough it came.”

Rowling rebuked an online article in June 2020 with the headline “Creating a more equal post Covid-19 world for people who menstruate”.

Taking to Twitter, she said: “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

Rowling described her “flippant” comment as like “dropping a hand grenade into Twitter”.

She said: “I was just keeping a reign on my own fury. So off it went … I am arguing against people who are literally saying sex is a construct, it’s not real.”

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Harry Potter movie actors including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have criticised Rowling’s comments.

Rowling said: “I absolutely knew that if I spoke out many people who would love my books would be deeply unhappy with me.

“Personally, it has not been fun and I have been scared at times for my own safety and, overwhelmingly, for my family’s safety.

“Time will tell whether I’ve got this wrong. I can only say that I’ve thought about it deeply and hard and long and I’ve listened, I promise, to the other side.”

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