The Harry Potter series is popular among so many people. And, of course, author J. K. Rowling has always been a wizard who wove the magic of the Potterverse. However, Rowling is now becoming more famous for her problematic outlook towards the Trans community.
In 2019 the author faced backlash when she publicly supported Maya Forstater, a British researcher who made trans-phobic comments and was eventually fired. Rowling has, since then, tweeted about her stand on being a TERF (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist), which has taken the internet by storm. On June 7th, Rowling tweeted in reply to another tweet titled “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”, which fans pointed out to be transphobic:
In August 2020, after Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFKHR) organization publicly denounced Rowling’s comments about the trans community, Rowling returned the Ripple of Hope Award to the organization, citing differing views.
To top it off, J.K Rowling is under fire on the release of her new book, Troubled Blood written under the pen name Robert Galbraith, which reportedly features a cross-dressing serial killer. Jake Kerridge, a reviewer for Crime Fiction for Telegraph wrote, “One wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress.”
“One wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress.”– Jake Kerridge, Reviewer for Telegraph
Various actors from the Harry Potter and The Fantastic Beasts movies have clarified their support for Trans people and rose to their defense, among them are: Daniel Radcliff, Emma Watson, Evanna Lynch, Katie Leung and Eddie Redmayne. One can only guess why J. K. Rowling is so hell-bent on using a platform like hers to cause further trauma and difficulties for the already marginalised.