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The Biggest Harry Potter Fansites Speak Out About JK Rowling's Beliefs On Trans People

The Biggest Harry Potter Fansites Speak Out About JK Rowling's Beliefs On Trans People

Nearly a month after JK Rowling tweets about transgender women were posted, two of the most popular Harry Potter fansites are speaking out and condoning her words.

In a joint statement, Leaky Claudron and MuggleNet have spoken out about Jo’s actions and what they plan to do now.

“As this fandom enters its third decade, J.K. Rowling has chosen this time to loudly pronounce harmful and disproven beliefs about what it means to be a transgender person,” the statement starts. “In addition to the distaste we feel for her choice to publish these statements during Pride Month—as well as during a global reckoning on racial injustice—we find the use of her influence and privilege to target marginalized people to be out of step with the message of acceptance and empowerment we find in her books and celebrated by the Harry Potter community.”

It continues, “Although it is difficult to speak out against someone whose work we have so long admired, it would be wrong not to use our platforms to counteract the harm she has caused. Our stance is firm: Transgender women are women. Transgender men are men. Non-binary people are non-binary. Intersex people exist and should not be forced to live in the binary. We stand with Harry Potter fans in these communities, and while we don’t condone the mistreatment JKR has received for airing her opinions about transgender people, we must reject her beliefs.”

Both MuggleNet and Leaky Claudron have also started to refer to Jo as just #JKR on social media, so fans can avoid reading about her accolades.

The fansites have also implemented plans to not cover Jo‘s personal life or posts unrelated to the franchise, as well as “her political commentary or opinions.”

Purchase links to anything but Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts have been disabled, and her name was also removed from navigation on both websites.

Jo came under fire for her comments, which claimed that trans women are not women. Several stars of the Harry Potter world denounced her claims, as well.

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