JK Rowling has stated she “absolutely knew” her feedback and views on transgender points would make some Harry Potter followers “deeply unhappy”.
The writer stated regardless of the big backlash to a 2019 tweet there have been “a tonne of Potter fans that were grateful that I said what I said”.
Speaking on the newest episode of the podcast The Witch Trials of JK Rowling, she mentioned the tweet, during which she expressed help for tax skilled Maya Forstater, and the next fallout.
Ms Forstater misplaced her job over her personal tweets about transgender folks and later took the case to an employment tribunal on the grounds her dismissal constituted discrimination in opposition to her beliefs.
At the time Rowling tweeted: “Dress nevertheless you please. Call your self no matter you want. Sleep with any consenting grownup who’ll have you ever. Live your finest life in peace and safety.
“But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill.”
Speaking on the podcast the 57-year-old admitted it will have been “easier” to not wade in on the talk.
“When I first became interested and then deeply troubled by what I saw as a cultural movement that was liberal in its methods and was very questionable in its ideas, I absolutely knew that if I spoke out, many folks would be deeply unhappy with me,” she stated.
“I knew that as a result of I knew… that they imagine they have been residing the values that I had espoused in these books. I might inform that they believed they have been preventing for underdogs and distinction and equity.
“And I thought it would be easier not to, you know, that this could be really bad. And honestly, it has been bad personally, it has not been fun.
“I’ve been scared at instances for my very own security, and overwhelmingly for my household’s security.”
‘Time will inform whether or not I’ve acquired this incorrect’
She added: “Time will tell whether I’ve got this wrong. I can only say that I’ve thought about it deeply and hard and long. And I’ve listened, I promise, to the other side.
“And I imagine, completely, that there’s something harmful about this motion, and it should be challenged.”
Rowling said she had been “thoughtful sufficient” to inform her management team she was about to post her initial tweet “as a result of I knew it will trigger an enormous storm”.
The author received thousands of replies to her tweet from fans expressing their disappointment and disgust in her.
‘My place is that I’m completely upholding the positions that I took in Potter’
Stars of the franchise together with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint additionally spoke out publicly in opposition of her views on gender.
“I’m constantly told that I have betrayed my own books, but my position is that I’m absolutely upholding the positions that I took in Potter,” Rowling stated.
“My position is that this activist movement in the form that it’s currently taking, echoes the very thing that I was warning against in Harry Potter.”
‘A tonne of Potter followers are grateful that I stated what I stated’
She added: “But at the same time, I have to tell you, a tonne of Potter fans were still with me.
“In truth, a tonne of Potter followers are grateful that I stated what I stated.”
She said the lack of willingness by many to engage with her on the issue was “intellectually extremely cowardly”.
“I’m preventing what I see, as a strong, insidious misogynistic motion that I feel has gained large buy in very influential areas of society. I don’t see this specific motion as both benign or powerless,” she said.
“So I’m afraid I stand with the ladies who’re preventing to be heard in opposition to risk of lack of livelihood and threats to their private security.”