Major fan sites about the Harry Potter universe refused to refer to the author of books by J. K. Rowling amid a scandal over the writer’s statements about transgender people, the British newspaper Guardian reports.
Sites Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet with a total reach of more than a million people said that they will no longer publish links to the official site of Rowling, her photos or information about achievements that are not related to the Harry Potter universe. They accused her of holding “harmful and incorrect beliefs” about transgender people.
Rowling was previously accused of transphobia after her statements on Twitter. The writer shared an article on her account that discussed “people with menstruation.” In a playful way, she suggested remembering the familiar word “woman”. However, Twitter users in comments condemned Rowling, for her allegedly disrespectful attitude to transgender, transsexuals and other minorities.
However, JK Rowling subsequently published an essay in which she described her real beliefs about transgender rights and gave examples from her life and the history of acquaintances.
Actors who took part in the filming of the Harry Potter films, including the lead actor Daniel Radcliffe, also condemned the author of the books and expressed hope that her statements will not affect the attitude of fans to the Harry Potter universe.