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Radcliffe on Rowling: 'I Needed to Say Something When I Did'

'Harry Potter' actor comments on 'hurt' fans after author's remarks; Tom Felton weighs in, too

(Newser) - In June 2020, Harry Potter author JK Rowling posted a series of transphobic comments on Twitter—remarks she's only doubled down on since, per Variety . Her remarks led Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played Harry Potter himself in the hit movie franchise, to publish an open letter on gender...

'You Are Next:' Cops Investigate Threat to JK Rowling

Author receives death threat after expressing support for Salman Rushdie online

(Newser) - Harry Potter author JK Rowling expressed support online for Salman Rushdie after he was stabbed —and received a death threat for her trouble. Now police in Scotland are investigating, reports the Hollywood Reporter . On Friday, Rowling tweeted , "Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok" upon hearing...

JK Rowling Trans Controversy Now Extends to Quidditch
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Quidditch Gets Its New Name

JK Rowling's trans controversy makes its way to the sport

(Newser) - Update: Quidditch is now quadball, or soon will be. After announcing last year that the sport, a real-life version of the magical game JK Rowling dreamed up for the Harry Potter book series, would change its name in part to distance itself from the allegedly transphobic author, the sport's...

Got $250K? A Rare Harry Potter Book Beckons

Christie's is selling first edition of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' in London

(Newser) - A rare first edition of the very first book in JK Rowling's Harry Potter series is about to go on the auction block. Reuters reports that Christie's of London will be holding a private sale this month for the copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,...

Putin Drags JK Rowling Into Latest 'Bizarre Rant'

Leader says both Russia, 'Harry Potter' author have been 'canceled'—Rowling for her trans views

(Newser) - It's not terribly surprising that Vladimir Putin might try to control the narrative on his country's invasion of Ukraine by painting Russia as some kind of victim. And he did just that during a Friday address on state TV, touching on the concept of "cancel culture" and...

Activists Who Posted JK Rowling's Address Did Not Commit a Crime

The 'Harry Potter' author had accused them of doxxing her over her views on trans people

(Newser) - Update: The activists who posted a photo showing JK Rowling's home, including its address, will not be punished. The Harry Potter author complained to police about the act, which she called doxxing, but Scotland authorities have now confirmed the move was not criminal and no action will be taken,...

Helen McCrory Wanted to 'Be an Interpreter'
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Peaky Blinders, Harry Potter Actress Dead at 52

Helen McCrory was married to actor Damian Lewis

(Newser) - Helen McCrory, a British actress who appeared in three Harry Potter films, the Peaky Blinders TV series, and more than 25 plays, has died. Her husband, actor Damian Lewis, made the announcement Friday on Twitter . "I'm heartbroken to announce that after an heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful...

John Cleese: 'I'm Not That Interested in Trans Folks'

Critics accuse Monty Python star of transphobia

(Newser) - John Cleese is being accused of transphobia after doubling down on his support for JK Rowling. The British actor, who played Nearly Headless Nick in the first two Harry Potter movies, tweeted "I'm not that interested in trans folks," Sunday when asked about Rowling's controversial stance...

After a Kennedy Slam, JK Rowling Gives Back Award

'Harry Potter' author blasts RFK daughter Kerry Kennedy for implying she's transphobic

(Newser) - JK Rowling's take on transgender issues has earned her a fair share of controversy . Now, it's prompted her to return a prestigious honor. Per the BBC , the Harry Potter author received the Ripple of Hope Award last year from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights group. It's...

New Battle Over 'Cancel Culture' Is Getting Vicious

Dozens of writers, thinkers fire back at open letter in Harper's Magazine

(Newser) - Over 160 academics and journalists issued an open letter Friday in an ongoing battle over so-called "cancel culture," the Wrap reports. The letter rebuked an earlier letter —published in Harper's and signed by luminaries including Fareed Zakaria, JK Rowling, and Gloria Steinhem—that decried "the...

Harry Potter Fan Sites Are Backing Away From JK Rowling

Leaky Cauldron, Mugglenet distance themselves over Rowling's trans views

(Newser) - Two of the biggest Harry Potter fan sites are backing far, far away from the Harry Potter creator thanks to JK Rowling's views on trans people. The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet both announced Thursday they won't use the author's photo or link to her website, and they...

The JK Rowling Controversy Now Involves Stephen King

'Harry Potter' author deletes her own tweet praising horror writer in a 'snit'

(Newser) - No, JK Rowling has not backed down on her controversial stance on trans rights , and now she's involving Stephen King in headlines related to the brouhaha. As the AV Club explains, it started when a male British politician accused Rowling of using her own domestic abuse to justify discrimination...

Rowling Reveals Sexual Assault as She Explains Trans Comments

'Harry Potter' author delves into her own history with sexual assault, abuse

(Newser) - JK Rowling published a nearly 4,000-word essay on her website Wednesday explaining her controversial stance on transgender people. In it, she discusses the domestic abuse she experienced in her first marriage and reveals a sexual assault she survived in her twenties, all to illustrate why it's so important...

Daniel Radcliffe Responds to Rowling Uproar

'Transgender women are women,' says 'Potter' actor

(Newser) - Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is speaking out against JK Rowling's recent comments on sex , which he hopes won't "taint" the series for fans. "Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice...

Rowling Gets an Earful After Trans Tweet

GLAAD says author has endorsed distortion of facts about gender identity

(Newser) - A headline that referred to "people who menstruate" didn't go over well with JK Rowling. But then, her response to it didn't go over well with many people, Variety reports. "I'm sure there used to be a word for those people," Rowling tweeted Saturday....

JK Rowling's Idea for Kids in Lockdown Starts Today

She'll be releasing 'The Ickabog,' a 'political fairy tale,' in 34 free installments ahead of print edition

(Newser) - JK Rowling is set to release her first children's book unrelated to the Harry Potter series—and this time it's free. The Ickabog, a fairy tale "about truth and the abuse of power" in an imaginary land, written "in fits and starts" between the Harry Potter...

Fan Asks JK Rowling to 'Tell Me the Truth.' So She Did

Author reveals 'true birthplace' of her 'Harry Potter' books: a London apartment

(Newser) - On Thursday, a Harry Potter fan implored JK Rowling on Twitter to "tell me the truth"—and she did, with a reveal that may have surprised many readers. CNN notes that the initial tweet included a picture of the Elephant House, a coffeehouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, which has...

Here Are the NY Public Library's 10 Most Popular Books

'The Snowy Day' by Ezra Jack Keats has been checked out more than 485K times

(Newser) - Millions of books have exited and reentered the New York Public Library for more than a century, and the institution has finally run the numbers on some of its most popular offerings. The New York Times reports that the library sifted through the history of its inventory for six months...

JK Rowling's Trans Tweet Causes a Big Uproar

'Harry Potter' author stands with fired researcher

(Newser) - JK Rowling has been accused many times of being anti-trans, but this time, those accusations are making headlines in the mainstream media. The Harry Potter author, who's been called a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) in the past, tweeted on Thursday that she supports Maya Forstater, a researcher who lost...

Rowling Makes Huge Move for MS Research

The 'Harry Potter' author's mother had the disease and died at 45

(Newser) - JK Rowling's mother had multiple sclerosis and died from complications of the disease at age 45. Now, the Harry Potter scribe is making a big move to fight the disease: She's donating $18.8 million for new facilities at a research center named after her mom, the AP...

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