J.K. Rowling lived on social welfare, Potter brought her millions, and accusations that she was transphobic nearly ruined her!

She wrote her first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, in 1997. Joanne then decided to take the stage name JK, believing that male writers do better and that with these initials it is difficult to tell whether a writer is male or female.

Jul 31, 2021 - 12:07
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J.K. Rowling lived on social welfare, Potter brought her millions, and accusations that she was transphobic nearly ruined her!

JK Rowling, 56, is best known as the author of best-selling books about Harry Potter that brought her fame and millions. She was adored all over the world, everyone appreciated her opinions, and then with one comment about the trans community she tarnished her reputation.

She was born Joanne Rowling, on July 31, 1965, in the small town of Yate. Father Peter was an engineer by profession, and mother Anne was a scientific technician. Although she has a degree in French literature, upon graduation she moved to Portugal where she taught English as a foreign language.

She married Portuguese Jorge Arantes in 1992 and they had a daughter, Jessica Arantes, 28. Due to marital disagreements, the couple soon divorced and Joanne took her daughter and returned to Britain, living briefly with her older sister in Scotland.

During this period, Joanne was left without a mother and without a job, which inspired her for one of the most magical stories ever written. One night, when she couldn’t sleep, she got the idea for a story about a boy attending a witchcraft school.

She wrote her first book ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ in 1997. Joanne then decided to take the stage name JK, believing that male writers do better and that with these initials it is difficult to figure out whether a writer is male or female. Also, in this way she tried to hide her gender so that the boys could read the book as well.

After numerous rejections by the publisher, the book became a hit. Joanne has written six more sequels: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’, ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, ‘ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows '.

Despite all her struggles, in her 2008 speech, she stated, ‘The rock bottom has become a solid foundation on which I have built my life’.

It is the story of a poor English boy who is left without parents and on his 11th birthday learns that he is a wizard who lives in the ordinary world, among the ‘helpless’.

Harry then goes to a school of witchcraft and wizardry, Hogwarts, and meets a loyal group of friends with whom he will later experience a number of dangerous adventures.

Harry Potter novels have been translated into more than 80 languages. More than 500 million copies of the novel have been sold. Each book has been adapted into films.

The books met with criticism from the Church, which accused her of teaching children magic.

I don’t take any responsibility for lunatics from my religion,” commented Joanne, who belongs to the Scottish Protestant Church.

In 2001, Joanne married Scottish doctor Neil Murray, 50, at her home in Scotland. The couple has two children together:  David Gordon Rowling Murray (18) and  Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray (16).

JK is followed by 14 million people on Twitter and has recently found herself the target of many due to alleged transphobia. 

As we live in an age of universal political correctness, Joanne has hurt the feelings of a section of her fans by making a statement about ‘people who have menstruation’. On her Twitter profile, she sarcastically referred to the topic of gender and gender, which, as expected, provoked a multitude of reactions in the comments. 

- I'm sure there used to be a word for these people. Someone will help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? - the writer wrote, thinking of course of 'Women'. 

Soon the main actors of the film series distanced themselves from her opinion. Daniel Radcliffe, 32, who plays Harry Potter, commented that ‘transgender women are women’.

 I hope this won’t spoil fans' enjoyment of reading her books. Any statement that would attempt to refute this erases the identity and dignity of transgender people. If you believe that a certain character is transsexual, genderless, or gender-neutral, that he is gay or bisexual, that is between you and the book you have read and that relationship is sacred. No one will and cannot change that for you - the actor wrote. His opinion was joined by Emma Watson (31) who embodied ‘Hermione Granger’ on the movie screen and actor  Rupert Grint (32) who played Harry’s best friend ‘Ron Weasley’.

Former fans of the author then set out to burn their beloved copies of 'Harry Potter' and publicly renounced their former literary heroine, and the consensus among the community is that Rowling has been trying for years with her controversial views to get the much-desired attention and remain relevant. 

Rowling wrote the comment on Twitter at the beginning of the pandemic, she hasn’t been on social media for the past year, but she decided to come back anyway.

By: Olivia J. - Gossip Whispers