There’s been quite a bit of bad blood of late.
“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has put several transgender activists on blast for “intimidating” her by uploading photos of her UK address to social media. The 56-year-old fantasy writer condemned the demonstrators in a fiery Twitter thread, which has amassed thousands of likes as of Monday afternoon.
“Last Friday, my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activist actors,” wrote “Troubled Blood” author Rowling, who said she receives endless threats over perceived transphobic comments she made in 2020.
The “Fantastic Beasts” scribe identified the culprits as Holly Stars, Richard Energy and Georgia Frost, alleging that they “took pictures of themselves in front of our house, carefully positioning themselves to ensure that our address was visible.”
One of the pics showed the trio toting signs outside Rowling’s Edinburgh home with the author’s address clearly visible in the background, according to the Daily Mail.
“I have to assume that @IAmGeorgiaFrost, @hollywstars and @Richard_Energy_ thought doxxing me would intimidate me out of speaking up for women’s sex-based rights,” the mother of three fumed of the alleged intimidation push.
Activist Holly Stars said she later removed the photo after being bombarded with abusive comments on social media. All three have since also deleted their Twitter accounts, the Daily Mail reported.
“Yesterday we posted a picture we took at JK Rowling’s house,” wrote the trans rights advocate, who is also a drag queen and star of the Amazon Prime documentary “Holly Stars: Inspirational.”
She added, “While we stand by the photo, since posting it we have received an overwhelming amount of serious and threatening transphobic messages so have decided to take the photo down. #transrightsarehumanrights. Love to our trans siblings.’
The tweet was signed by Stars and her compatriots Energy and Frost.
In her Twitter thread, Rowling praised social media fans for reporting the photo to Twitter support and shouted out the Edinburgh police department for their “support and assistance in this matter.”
The British billionaire ultimately deemed the incident par for the course given the amount of vitriol she’s reportedly endured — which included a pipe-bomb threat in July.
“They should have reflected on the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out,” the Hugo Award-winner tweeted. “Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women, is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us.”
Indeed, this marks the latest episode in a trans row that’s engulfed Rowling since June 2020, when she criticized an article that used the term “people who menstruate” instead of “women.”
“People who menstruate,” she mocked in the inflammatory tweet. “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
The writer defended her stance in a subsequent tweet that read: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.”
That resulted in a fierce backlash from the trans community, as well as “Harry Potter” film stars including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Eddie Redmayne.
More recently, in May, a “Harry Potter”-themed event at a New Zealand book festival was canceled over Rowling’s remarks on gender. The author is also notably absent from the upcoming Harry Potter 20th anniversary reunion — although it’s unclear whether her trans stance is to blame.
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