Where do we cancel our tickets for the Hogwarts Express?
On Saturday, June 6, one of the most famous—and richest—authors of all time, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, re-posted an opinion article from the health and humanitarian website devex titled, "Creating a more equal post COVID-19 world for people who menstruate."
She tweeted: "People who menstruate. I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"
Her comments sparked outrage from her fans, with one replying: "There are trans men and non-binary people who menstruate you absolute wilting head of lettuce."
But instead of apologizing, Rowling doubled down, tweeting out: "If sex isn't real, there's no same-sex attraction. If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth."
"The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women—ie, to male violence—‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences—is a nonsense," she continued.
"I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans," Rowling tweeted. "At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so."
In regards to her latest anti-trans tweets, GLAAD responded with a statement saying: "J.K. Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans. In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people. We stand with trans youth, especially those Harry Potter fans hurt by her inaccurate and cruel tweets."
GLAAD also recommended the Percy Jackson book series for anyone looking for fantastical summer reading from an author who isn't a transphobe.
Sadly, this is not the first time Rowling has come under fire for tweeting anti-trans remarks. Back in December the Harry Potter author broke a monthlong Twitter silence to voice her support of Maya Forstater, a British researcher and cisgender woman who claimed she lost her job over anti-transgender tweets she’d written stating that “biological sex” is an immutable fact.
We're pretty sure most of Rowling's fans wish she would just make her Twitter "evanesco" and disappear.