JK Rowling declared 'Woman of the Year' as feminists rally to 'cancelled' Harry Potter author

JK Rowling declared 'Woman of the Year' as feminists rally to 'cancelled' Harry Potter author
JK Rowling was declared 'Woman of the Year' by feminists while Potterverse fans and people related to the movies continue to freeze her out (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Earlier this week Warner Bros made a veiled attempt to thrust JK Rowling into oblivion as the trailer dropped for 'Fantastic Beasts 3'. However, the power she exudes continues to help her stay afloat, above all the chaos stemming from her perceived attempts at "trans erasure". Rowling first caught flak for a tweet she made in June 2020 where she took offense against an article that used gender-neutral terminology "people who menstruate" and everyone suddenly seemed to turn on her and freeze her out — the stars of Potterverse projects, the crew, fans, everyone. She has continued to stir the hornet's nest ever since, paying no heed to naysayers and on December 16, she was named 'Woman of the Year' by fellow feminists on the Internet who also used the tag #IStandWithJKRowling.

Coming back to her credits being diminished in the new trailer of 'The Secrets of Dumbledore', Warner Bros who own the rights of all eight Potter movies cannot remove her name or not seek her consent on all things Potter, lest inviting legal troubles. Rowling was not invited to be a part of the 20th-anniversary reunion 'Return to Hogwarts' which will premiere on January 1, 2022. But she will still be a part of it, confirms her publicist Mark Hutchinson. "Jo isn’t commenting at the moment, but on the 20th-anniversary retrospective, she will be included via archive material with the approval of her team." This makes it clear that Rowling has to be consulted for everything and can't be airbrushed from the franchise however it might suit the studio. Adding to this, Hollywood Reporter confirmed, "The Harry Potter franchise has complicated rights issues... Rowling controls the franchise and has a say in everything involving the property."


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On December 16, Researcher Maya Forstater tweeted a Daily Mail article authored by Sarah Vine who called Rowling 'Woman of the Year'. Forstater wrote, "@WestminsterWAG says JK Rowling is her woman of the year. Mine too. #IStandWithJKRowling". Forstater returned the favor from back in December 2019 when Rowling tweeted in her defense as the former was fired from her job over comments that a person cannot choose to change their biological sex. “Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill" Rowling had tweeted to her then-14.5 million followers, New York Post stated.

Forstater was not alone in her campaign. "There's a few that qualify, but she is definitely up there," read a tweet referencing Forstater's. "Without a doubt," wrote another. "And mine! She opened my eyes to the mess we are in. Forever grateful," a third wrote. "She's definitely our woman of the year and #IStandWithJKRowling," tweeted a fourth. "Without a doubt. And how ironic she’s been cast as a witch figure. #IStandWithJKRowling" a fifth tweeted. 








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