HARRY POTTER Author J.K. Rowling Is Backed By U.K. Prime Minister After Daring Police To "Arrest Me"

HARRY POTTER Author J.K. Rowling Is Backed By U.K. Prime Minister After Daring Police To "Arrest Me"

Controversial Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has received support from U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak after she dared Scottish police to arrest her for violating a new hate crime act...

By MarkCassidy - Apr 02, 2024 02:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Harry Potter

Last month, broadcaster India Willoughby revealed that she filed a police complaint against controversial Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling over alleged transphobia, claiming that she reported the writer to Northumbria Police for repeatedly misgendering her online as part of an ongoing feud.

“J.K. Rowling has definitely committed a crime. I’m legally a woman. She knows I’m a woman, and she called me a man,” the former Celebrity Big Brother contestant stated. “It’s a protected characteristic, and that is a breach of both the Equalities Act and the Gender Recognition Act. She’s tweeted that out to 14 million followers.”

Willoughby continued, “I have reported J.K. Rowling to the police for what she said, which I don’t know if that’s going to be treated as a hate crime, malicious communications — but it’s a cut-and-dry offense, as far as I’m concerned.”

A new hate crime act did indeed go into effect on Monday in Scotland - where Rowling resides - and includes an offense for “stirring up hatred” regarding age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity and variations in sex characteristics.

It doesn't look like Rowling is going to face any criminal charges, however, despite daring police to arrest her on social media.

Rowling shared the following Tweet after first listing 10 trans women — including Willoughby — who would be protected under the act.— who would be protected under the act.

As you'd expect, Rowling's Tweets and views in general have proved to be highly divisive, but U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak released a statement to the Daily Telegraph showing his support.

“People should not be criminalized for stating simple facts on biology,” he said. “We believe in free speech in this country, and Conservatives will always protect it.”

Last year, Warner Bros. Discovery officially announced that a new Harry Potter series is currently being developed for the HBO Max streaming service. The show will fully reboot the popular movies with an entirely new cast, and the plan is to re-adapt the source novels with each season dedicated to one of the seven books.

The news received a somewhat mixed response, and not just because so many fans feel that the films adapted the story perfectly well. The fact that Rowling is involved has come in for a lot of backlash, but HBO Chairman Casey Bloys dismissed concerns as a "very online conversation" at the time.

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marvel72
marvel72 - 4/2/2024, 4:14 PM
First time actually agreed with the prime minister.

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