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31st Aug 2022

JK Rowling’s new book features story about a woman who is killed after being accused of transphobia

Kieran Galpin

‘this is not depicting [that]’ Rowling suggested

JK Rowling has written a new book that sees the protagonist killed after being accused of transphobia but she has suggested that the storyline is original and not linked to her own online experiences.

In the years after the Harry Potter franchise wrapped, JK Rowling made the jump from writing fiction to writing tweets that angered and insulted members of the trans community. She has since become the poster child for the Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist Movement (Terf), a growing community of so-called “feminists” who claim to champion all women, unless you’re Transgender, of course.

Rowling’s latest release, The Ink Black Heart, is the newest instalment in her Cormoran Strike series which she pens under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

In the novel, YouTube cartoonist Edie Ledwell is berated by former fans and trolls after her latest work featured a hermaphrodite worm. Ledwell was branded racist, ableist and transphobic.

Ultimately, she is stabbed to death in a London graveyard.

While the story bares some similarities to Rowling’s own life, the author told Graham Norton on Virgin Radio that it’s definitely not based on any of her personal experiences.

“I should make it really clear after some of the things that have happened the last year that this is not depicting [that],” she said. “I had written the book before certain things happened to me online. I said to my husband, ‘I think everyone is going to see this as a response to what happened to me,’ but it genuinely wasn’t.

“The first draft of the book was finished at the point certain things happened,” she added.

Writing on Twitter, one person said: “JK Rowling released a new book today about a YouTube animator that gets stabbed to death for making racist and transphobic animations and it is 600 pages longer than Dune.”

Others have dubbed the novel “fan fiction” as Rowling seemingly has a “history” of writing about things she also argues about on Twitter.

“We’re all the heroes of our own stories,” another person pointed out.

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