JK Rowling responds to Trump supporters burning Harry Potter books

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JK Rowling has, like so many others, taken a firm stance against Donald Trump’s on social media. From his global gag order on abortion, to his controversial immigration policies, the Harry Potter author has expertly skewered the US president’s divisive executive orders.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, a large number of Trump supporters have taken umbrage (pun intended) with Rowling’s stance. Many have even claimed that they have burned, or are going to burn, all of their books and DVDs about The Boy Who Lived.

Rowling, however, has proven to be a formidable foe; she’s been busily replying to all of those would-be book burners, employing her trademark wit and sass to make her point in the best possible way.

One Twitter user said they would now “burn all your books and movies, too”.

Rowling hit back: “Well, the fumes from the DVDs might be toxic and I've still got your money, so by all means borrow my lighter.”

Another tweeted to inform Rowling that she had “just burned all my Harry Potter books after being a fan for 17 years”.

Rowling, however, didn’t shed any tears over her former fan.

“Guess it's true what they say,” she wrote, “you can lead a girl to books about the rise and fall of an autocrat, but you still can't make her think.”

Naturally, Rowling’s supporters soon appeared in their droves to lend their support to the author – with some even vowing to buy two copies of each of her books in a bid to make up for all the burned copies.

“I'll buy 2 copies of every book to make up for this and I'll donate the second copy to an interested reader,” wrote one. “Takers?”

Rowling replied: “Actually, we're thinking of selling them in pairs in future; a 'read one, burn one' deal for those who like the magic, but not the morals.”

It’s not the first time that Rowling’s books have been burned; shortly after they were released in the late 90s, a number of religious groups denounced them as the “work of the devil”, due to their references to sorcery and magic.

And, in 2001, the Christ Community Church in New Mexico delivered an anti-Harry Potter sermon in which they claimed that the titular character taught children to take up wizardry.

“Behind that innocent face is the power of satanic darkness,” said the pastor at the time. “Harry Potter is the devil and he is destroying people.”

The congregation was followed by a nighttime book burning – and, once again, Rowling remained unperturbed.

Dismissing the backlash against her books, she said simply: “I have met thousands of children now, and not even one time has a child come up to me and said, ‘Ms Rowling, I'm so glad I've read these books because now I want to be a witch.’”


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.