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The revelation that Harry potter Author JK Rowling’s latest book revolves around a male serial killer who dresses like a woman infuriated social media users on Monday, after Rowling sparked controversy in recent months over his opinions on transgender people, whom critics have denounced as transphobic.


Rowling’s new book, written under her pen name Robert Galbraith, is titled Troubled blood and is the last installment in a fictional detective series after the private investigator Cormoran Strike.

Troubled blood ‘The villain is a “psychopathic serial killer,” according to the book Amazon Page, and it appears that to be a man who dresses as a woman.

The reaction on social media has been swift, with #RIPJKRowling trending on Twitter early Monday afternoon, as critics and former fans have argued that Troubled bloodThe villain is another example of the author’s alleged transphobia.

“JK Rowling is stubbornly obsessed with trans people and actively views them as predators in her novels,” tweeted cultural critic Elle Dawson, also referring to Galbraith’s second book, The silkworm, who had previously been exposed for describing a transgender character as aggressive.

Award-winning poet Saeed Jones wrote on Twitter: “I almost appreciate the effort JK Rowling is making to remove any vestige of nuance from our understanding of who she is and how she plans to use her time, energy and fortune.”

Rowling hasn’t commented on that latest dusting, but has already made a case for her take on transgenderedness in a blog post: “I refuse to bow to a movement which, in my opinion, is causing demonstrable harm by seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and by offering cover to predators like few before. him.

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“In the real world, the number of trans people killed in Brazil increased by 70% last year, young trans women are left to burn in cars and the men who kill us (for being trans) are pardoned and fired. at their home”, wrote transgender activist and journalist Paris Lees on Twitter, referencing news articles that highlight continuous violence against the trans community.

Surprising fact

There have been few actual serial killers who disguised themselves as women. Perhaps the best known is Hadden clark, who after murdering and burying Laura Houghteling, 23, near Bethesda, Md., in 1992, left the victim’s home disguised as women get rid of the neighbors. In entertainment, transgender killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film Thesilenceofthelambs has been struck down for portraying trans people as predators.

Key context

Rowling, who Forbes valued Being the world’s highest-paid author in 2019 with $ 92 million in earnings has sparked heated controversy in recent months over his stated beliefs about sex and gender. In December 2019, Rowling took to Twitter to come to Defense of a British woman who lost her job because she believed biological sex should legally determine her sex in the UK. unisex spaces. The blog post was largely exhausted, and Harry potter movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have stood up for transgender people.


Monday also: Sex and the city star Cynthia Nixon Recount The Independent that her 23-year-old transgender son Samuel was devastated after hearing Rowling’s point of view. “It was really painful for him because a lot of his childhood was linked to Harry Potter.

Further reading

JK Rowling’s latest book is about a murderous cis man who dresses as a woman to kill his victims (New roses)

Vera Bradley Launches Harry Potter Line Amid JK Rowling’s Ongoing Twitter Battles (Forbes)

“Sex Is Real”: JK Rowling’s backing for woman fired for gender remarks sparks debate (Forbes)

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