The fallout over J.K. Rowling’s comments regarding the transgender community continues, this time sweeping up two of the largest fan sites dedicated to Rowling and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After Rowling shared a series of Tweets that questioned the definitions of women's gender in binary terms, Harry Potter cast members have come out in strong support of the Trans community. Now, so have the Harry Potter fan sites MuggleNet and the Leaky Cauldron.
In joint statements released by the two fan sites, it is stated:
These sites have been around for decades, and produce daily articles and features centered solely around the world that J.K. Rowling created out of whole cloth. So for them to go on record as saying they “reject” her beliefs regarding transgender women and their identities is saying a lot.
The fans sites go on to explain that they will change even how they cover news regarding J.K. Rowling, saying:
And they'll implement a number of changes to the Websites and social media presences, including stopping links that go to purchases outside of Rowling’s Wizarding World, and even stopping from sharing images that show the author’s likeness.
This has been a complicated and difficult situation for Harry Potter fans, cast members, followers and even the author. We’ll continue to cover the story as it unfolds.
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