The author of Harry Potter has published a new book. He murders a woman in it because of transphobia

The author of Harry Potter has published a new book. He murders a woman in it because of transphobia
The author of Harry Potter has published a new book. He murders a woman in it because of transphobia

“’People who menstruate’. I’m sure there was a label for such people. Someone tell me,” wrote JK Rowling, author of the world-famous Harry Potter book series, on Twitter in June 2020. Her words criticized the wording used in the article she shared along with the tweet.

Her reply outraged many, but it was not the first time. The famous British writer repeatedly ventures into the “minefield” of the public debate about the rights of transgender people. In 2019, for example, publicly

Maya Forstater, a British tax specialist who was fired from her job for tweets that were labeled as transphobic.

According to human rights activists, the author’s statements are targeted against transgender people, and Rowling has become the target of criticism on social networks because of them. Some even threatened her with death because of her posts, and her private address was circulated on the Internet.

Rowling has repeatedly denied being “transphobic” and has said she “knows and loves” trans people. However, many fans turn their backs on her; the players of Quidditch, a sport from the wizarding world of Harry Potter that has been carried over to reality, distanced themselves most visibly from it. From the end of July, in protest, they renamed the sports competition with a broom to four-ball.

Rowling did not retreat after repeated waves of criticism. On August 30, she published a new book in the Cormoran Strike series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, which she uses for detective stories. His name is Ink black heart (The Ink Black Heart) and its plot, as many point out, sounds remarkably subconscious.

Glossary

  • a trans(gender) person – a person whose gender does not match how they were assigned at birth
  • transphobia – discrimination, resistance or irrational fear of non-cisgender identities or persons within gender diversity

In the piece, cartoonist Edie Ledwell is lashed out by fans and internet trolls after her work, which includes a scene with a hermaphrodite worm, is criticized for racism, ableism and transphobia. Critics subsequently publish photos of the author’s house on the Internet and threaten her with death and rape.

The stabbed Ledwell is eventually found in a London cemetery.

“After some of the things that have happened in the last year, I should make it clear that it is not about projecting them,” defended the author in a recent interview with Graham Norton on Virgin Radio ahead of the book’s release.

“I wrote the book before certain things happened to me on the Internet. I said to my husband, ‘I think everyone will see this as a reaction to what happened to me’, but it really wasn’t. The first draft of the book was already done by the time these things happened,” Rowling explained.

However, critics do not believe her explanation, at least for the time being, and the British newspapers The Times and The Telegraph, for example, point to the obvious connection between the work and Rowling’s life. In addition, he evaluates the book rather bleakly.


The article is in Czech

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