The Harry Potter Children’s Book Festival has been canceled due to JK Rowling’s transphobia row

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Harry Potter children’s book festival canceled due to JK Rowling transphobia feud after discussions with LGBTQ community

  • New Zealand literary festival scraps plans for a Harry Potter themed event
  • Author JK Rowling, 55, is constantly being accused of transphobia
  • She published a blog post arguing that biological sex is real

It is not the first time Ms. Rowling has been 'canceled' as a result of expressing her views on whether men who identify as women are the same as biological women

It is not the first time Ms. Rowling has been ‘canceled’ as a result of expressing her views on whether men who identify as women are the same as biological women

JK Rowling has again fallen victim to the ‘cancellation of culture’ after a New Zealand literary festival scrapped plans for a Harry Potter themed event over her comments on gender issues.

Peter Biggs, chairman of the Wairarapa book festival, is said to have decided, after consulting the LGBTQ community, to drop the annual children’s quiz that is normally held about the boy wizard.

It’s not the first time Rowling has been ‘canceled’ as a result of expressing her views on whether men who identify as women are the same as biological women.

The 55-year-old author is constantly being accused of transphobia after publishing a blog post claiming that biological sex is real.

She also addressed an article referring to ‘people who menstruate’ and posted the scathing tweet, ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? ‘

Her comments sparked a torrent of abuse on social media and calls for the boycott of her books.

Further criticism followed a string of household names, including the young actors made famous by her Harry Potter films – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

Last night Toby Young, founder of the Free Speech Union, which will open its first branch in New Zealand next week, said: ‘JK Rowling is one of Britain’s most influential and respectable contemporary writers.

That’s why the Wairarapa Book Festival’s decision to cancel a Harry Potter quiz for kids over comments JK Rowling made during a major debate about female-only spaces is chilling.

“If the creator of our most successful export since James Bond can be declared persona non grata, anyone can.”

She also addressed an article referring to 'people who menstruate' and posted the scathing tweet, 'I'm sure there used to be a word for those people.  Someone is helping me.  Wumben?  Wimpund?  Woomud?  Her comments sparked a torrent of abuse on social media and calls for the boycott of her books.  Further criticism followed a string of famous names, including the young actors who rose to fame through her Harry Potter films - Daniel Radcliffe, above, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

She also addressed an article referring to ‘people who menstruate’ and posted the scathing tweet, ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? Her comments sparked a torrent of abuse on social media and calls for the boycott of her books. Further criticism followed a string of famous names, including the young actors who rose to fame through her Harry Potter films – Daniel Radcliffe, above, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

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