‘Harry Potter’ off royal book list amid JK Rowling transphobia claims

  • JK Rowling has been dropped from a 70-book list designed to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
  • The first book in the ‘Harry Potter’ author’s series has been tossed out in favor of a lesser-known work, a judge has heard.
  • Rowling has faced accusations of transphobia in recent years.

A ‘Harry Potter’ title has been dropped from a list of books to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It came amid an increasingly tense public debate over trans rights in which author JK Rowling was accused of transphobia.

The Big Jubilee Read features 70 books by Commonwealth authors to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign – 10 from each decade from 1952 to 2022.

The list has been compiled by BBC Arts and The Reading Agency and includes works by renowned authors and less famous writers.

Rowling, however, didn’t make the cut.

Rowling was on the long list chosen by the public

The first of his novels, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, was included in a long list of 153 books for the Big Jubilee Read, based on a public vote. (The book was released in the United States under the title “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.)

The title was dropped when a panel of industry experts narrowed the list down from 153 to 70, The Times of London reported.

“There was a big discussion about JK Rowling,” Susheila Nasta, one of the competition judges and emeritus professor of modern literature at Queen Mary University of London, told the newspaper.

“A place has been cleared for someone as good but whose work was not as well known,” Nasta said. “There were some very tricky decisions.”

Nasta did not mention the criticism of Rowling’s opinions, which made her a polarizing figure in the UK.

BBC Arts said Rowling’s exclusion from the reading list was unrelated to her views, the Telegraph reported.

Rowling has faced accusations of transphobia for years

In June 2020, the author mocked a post referring to ‘menstruating’ on Twitter and she defended herself against accusations of transphobia.

She’s been called a TERF (trans-exclusive radical feminist) after she appeared to say that transgender activism “erases the concept of sex,” which she says is harmful to women and lesbians, as reported Kat Tenbarge for Insider.

Rowling’s comments have prompted some “Harry Potter” actors to distance themselves from her, as reported by Insider’s Palmer Haasch.

Daniel Radcliffe, for example, wrote an essay for The Trevor Project saying that “trans women are women” and that he felt “compelled to say something”.


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