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19 tweets that prove JK Rowling is the undeniable queen of social media

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JK Rowling’s debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published on 26 June in 1997, kicking off an international literary phenomenon not seen since JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. In the 20 years since, the Harry Potter books have sold hundreds of millions of copies, spawned spin-offs including films, theme parks and a West End play, and made a billionaire out of the formerly poverty-stricken Joanne Rowling.

But while Rowling might have made her name as a writer of children’s books, today it’s her very adult presence on Twitter that brings us joy (although we’re not averse to dipping back into the Harry Potter series, either). Rowling is an outspoken, considered and wickedly funny tweeter, who can post a savage put-down of Donald Trump one minute and offer words of comfort to a struggling fan the next.

Unashamedly political, determinedly kind to those who deserve it, and hilariously sarcastic, Rowling is the Twitter queen we all need in 2017. Here are some of her best bits.


1. When she highlighted the hypocrisy of media responses to terrorism perpetrated by white men

2. The time she posted an amazing thread calling out ‘liberal’ men who use misogynistic language to criticise women (seriously, you should read this in full)

3. When she clapped back at President Donald Trump misquoting Mayor Sadiq Khan, in the aftermath of the London Bridge attack



4. Her cutting response to the infamous video of Trump barging past the Prime Minister of Montenegro to get to the front of a photo

5. Her ruthlessness when dealing with sexist trolls

6. When she tricked Piers Morgan into criticising one of his own articles

7. ICYMI, Rowling really doesn’t like Piers Morgan – especially his predilection for praising Trump

8. The time she offered moving advice to a fan struggling with depression

9. Her writing tips are a ray of light to aspiring authors

10. When she shared words of comfort for people feeling sad on Mother’s Day

11. She uses Harry Potter references to hilarious effect, as evidenced in this Twitter exchange with comedian Ross Noble

12. And she recognises the emotional impact her books had on herself, as well as her readers

13. After Rowling criticised Trump, many of his supporters angrily tweeted to tell her that they were burning their Harry Potter books. Her responses were ice cold

14. We still think about the time she tore a strip off a moron who said Serena Williams was “built like a man”

15. And her response to the news of Noma Dumezweni’s casting as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was pitch-perfect



16. When she challenged people who mock Madonna

17. Her distaste for tabloid newspapers – when the Mail Online ran this ridiculous homophobic headline, she wasted no time in pointing out the obvious

18. Her no-nonsense reply to a reader who asked her why she made Dumbledore gay, “because I can’t see him in that way”

19. And finally, the time she revealed her one big tip for social media success

Main image: Rex Features

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