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In what is being heralded as a canny bit of marketing, the author has deliberately stoked a summer of gender controversy, in order to shift a few more copies of ‘Harry Potter & the murderous CIS wizard’. By baiting the transgender community, JK Rowling has managed to unite trans-exclusionary groups, while out-selling Joe Wick’s ‘Recipes for Racists’.
Reports suggest her concerns about the transgender community were an elaborate ploy to promote her book, in same way that in 2000, her publisher set fire to a goblet manufacture: ‘JK is an ally on trans rights, but not really. But seriously, she is. She’s an ally. Or is she? She is. Or is she?’.
It does mean that fans are rereading her earlier work for hidden meanings, be it Hermione Granger being attacked in a bathroom by a troll or Snape killing Dumbledore for being gay. Her defenders have said portraying of a transgender killer is no different than ‘Psycho’, although Alfred Hitchcock did not spend every waking hour on twitter telling everyone Norman Bates has no womb.
The ongoing ‘Terf-War’ looks set to rumble, with LGBTQ+ organisations saying JK wilfully distorts facts about gender, said one disillusioned fan: ‘I’m concerned that her books reflect her real feelings, so I’m not sure I want to read ‘Harry Potter & Cynical Billionaire Author’.