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'Tearful' J.K. Rowling thanks fans for support over Twitter abuse

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Author J.K. Rowling has become something of a dab hand at Twitter, always ready with a thoughtful word for fans or an hilarious riposte for those determined to insult.

And as a Labour supporter and an outspoken advocate for the 'No' campaign ahead of the Scottish referendum on independence last year, she's been on the receiving end of a torrent of online abuse for her political leanings before.

Now the Harry Potter writer has revealed the support of her Twitter followers brought her to tears after admitting vitriolic online messages from users appearing to support the Scottish National Party (SNP) following last week's general election results had finally crossed her "personal line".

The SNP, which supports Scottish independence, now holds 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland.

Replying to one user in a series of posts, she wrote: "I have ignored and blocked abuse from people with an SNP twibbon for months on Twitter, very much taking the view that the abusive ones are not typical. This week, though, my personal line has been crossed with being called traitor and sh*te the least of the abuse.

“I feel no responsibility to hush up that kind of behaviour to protect the image of any political party. It isn’t always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies.”

With some calling for the 49-year-old author, who was born in England but moved to Scotland in 1993, to leave the country, she was then inundated with support from other Tweeters backing her, as well as offering up their towns and cities.

She wrote: "If you could all see the amount of love and support flooding my timeline right now, you would be - as I am - overwhelmed. #FaithRestored".

Adding the outpouring of affection "reminds me how big the world is and how many more decent people there are than not", Rowling also admitted: "It's making me tearful. I'm always like this. Bullying never makes me cry, then people are lovely and I bawl."

But in true J.K. Rowling style, she couldn't resist a couple of humourous replies, telling one user, "The Internet doesn’t just offer opportunities for misogynistic abuse, you know. Penis enlargers can also be bought discreetly."

Image: Rex Features

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