J.K. Rowling falsely declared dead by Twitter amid backlash to book

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The review caused some social media users to label Troubled Blood as "transphobic" and "really painful" - and the backlash caused #RIPJKRowling to trend on Twitter.

Following the original dispute, Rowling saw her book sales plummet compared to other authors, reportedly by two thirds, leading many to speculate how much the comments had damaged the author. "JK Rowling's new book's about a "transvestite serial killer".

After a number of fans, twitter users and celebrities - including former Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast movie series cast members - hit back at her comments, she released a controversial 3,600 word essay days later about her views on gender, which were also deemed as transphobic. She further added: "As a longstanding donor to LGBT charities and a supporter of trans people's right to live free of persecution, I absolutely refute the accusation that I hate trans people or wish them ill".

"J.K. Rowling's anti-transgender remarks did not sit well with actress Cynthia Nixon's "'Harry Potter' family".

"The books seem to be about championing people who are different, so for her to select this one group of people who are obviously different and sort of deny their existence, it's just ... it's really baffling", Nixon told the Independent.

In response, #RIPJKRowling is trending on Twitter, as people say the once-beloved Harry Potter author is now dead to them.

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According to The Telegraph, the 900-page novel is an investigation into a cold case: the disappearance of a woman in 1974, believed to be a victim of a cis male serial killer who dresses as a woman. "Someone help me out".

Robbie Coltrane, who played the recurring character Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, which has grossed a total of nearly $8 billion, told a British magazine that people were "waiting to be offended".

The Silkworm published in 2014 attracted an avalanche of criticism for the manner in which Rowling described the character of Pippa Midgley, a transgender woman who falls for Inspector Cormoran Strike before attempting to stab him in his office.

Rowling has since stepped up her transphobia, in June writing a 4,000 word screed arguing for the importance of feminism on the basis of biological sex.

Kerry Kennedy, the organisation's president, said: "I have spoken with JK Rowling to express my profound disappointment that she has chosen to use her remarkable gifts to create a narrative that diminishes the identity of trans and non-binary people, undermining the validity and integrity of the entire transgender community". "It isn't hate to speak the truth". That's me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, "Oh, get over yourself". After the woman filed a discrimination lawsuit and lost, Rowling came to her defense on Twitter, noting, "Dress however you please".

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