When I was young, my mother read “Harry Potter” to me as a bedtime story until we finished the entire series. The movies always came out either on or around my birthday, so to celebrate, she would let me skip a day of school so I could go to the midnight premiere with her. “Harry Potter” is a big deal in my house, much like it is in many others.
I remember my friends having discussions about not only what houses we were in, but what houses other fictional characters we loved would be in. We watched marathons of the movies. My sister even dressed up as a house elf one year. “Harry Potter” took the internet by storm, and fandom spaces everywhere were going crazy for it.
Now, people are beginning to boycott “Harry Potter” products. #RipJKRowling was trending on Twitter (despite her still being alive), and there have been claims that “Harry Potter” simply has no author, or that the author is a fictional character, such as Hatsune Miku. What could have caused such a passionate fan base to turn against the author of their favorite series?
Transphobia, as it turns out, is not a great marketing strategy.
After the series first ended, J.K.Rowling just couldn’t stop. She constantly gave fans more information about the series that she was clearly making up as she went along, such as Dumbledore being gay and Nagini being an Asian woman. She wrote “The Cursed Child,” which was just awful. Not to mention Pottermore, or the three Fantastic Beasts movies. This woman really knows how to beat a dead horse.
Eventually, Rowling gained a large following on Twitter. And as most people do with such high numbers, she decided to use her platform to speak out about what truly matters to her. Unfortunately, what truly matters to her is transphobia.
After making a few transphobic tweets, she lost some followers, yet she persisted anyway. Over the past few years, she has slowly been turning more and more fans away from supporting her series with her transphobic comments, but her latest few tweets might have been the final nail in the coffin.
For some background, Rowling’s takes have specifically been against transgender women. Possibly her most famous tweet regarding transgender women is her response to an article that included the phrase, “people who mentrsuate.”
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” She tweeted.
The phrase “people who menstruate” is obviously much better than simply saying “women.” Not all women menstruate; whether it be due to being transgender or to a health complication. Since then, Rowling has continued tweeting against transgender people.
Now, she has decided to write an entire book against them.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure this book will fare exactly the way all of her other books that aren’t “Harry Potter” did. Nobody is going to read it or enjoy it. In fact, this book is actually part of a series that I had no idea existed before this debacle. But the book is extremely harmful. It follows a cisgender man who dresses up as a woman in order to murder women.
It is in incredibly bad taste to write a book like that. Most people’s concerns with transgender people is that they’re faking it to “get to” women in private places like bathrooms. That’s absurd, and while Rowling’s book can’t be used to justify the idea, it definitely won’t stop people from trying.
Another important thing to note is that Rowling used an alias for this book. “Troubled Blood” is penned under the name Robert Galbraith. If you don’t know, Robert Galbraith Heath is an American psychologist who claims to have converted a homosexual man into a heterosexual one.
Rowling wrote a book based on a transphobic concept and then put it under the same name as a psychologist who supported conversion therapy. The entire thing just reeks of evil.