Harry Potter museum removes JK Rowling for being ‘cold, heartless, joy-sucking entity’
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The Museum of Pop Culture has removed all display items tied to JK Rowling in order to “reduce her impact”.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been heavily criticised for her views on gender, following several distasteful tweets on the subject via her own social media.
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The writer has previously stated: "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-i.e., to male violence-'hate' trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences-is a nonsense,”
Many took great offence to the statement and others just like it, leading to the Museum of Pop Culture removing all mentions and evidence of the author from its Harry Potter display.
The museum's Project manager Chris Moore, who is transgender, shared the news in a blog post, saying “There’s a certain cold, heartless, joy-sucking entity in the world of Harry Potter and, this time, it is not actually a Dementor … We would love to go with the internet’s theory that these books were actually written without an author, but this certain person is a bit too vocal with her super hateful and divisive views to be ignored.”
Moore went on to say: “It’s not a perfect solution, but it’s what we were able to do in the short term while determining long-term practices,”
Despite Rowling’s ownership of one of the biggest franchises on the planet, many fans and people who have worked with her have been vocal in condemning her views and comments on gender. It’s even led to many claiming they’ll boycott the upcoming Harry Potter HBO reboot show.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe gave a statement on the controversy saying: “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo [Rowling] or I,”
Rowling is yet to publicly apologise for any offence caused and has done seemingly irreparable damage to her reputation and legacy.