Don’t think in black and white when it comes to controversial issues, says JK Rowling

Rowling has been the subject of vicious hate campaigns on social media from critics who have accused her of transphobia. She has also been accused of stirring up controversy by tweeting her views on women’s rights.

“We should question ourselves the most when we get an adrenaline rush by doing or saying something. Many people confuse this rush of adrenaline with the voice of conscience: “I’m in a hurry to say this. I am right’.

“In my worldview, conscience speaks in a very low and uncomfortable voice and usually it says to you, ‘Think again. Look deeper. Consider it’.”

Rowling also addressed the book burning. On Twitter, some of their critics have threatened to destroy their copies of the Harry Potter books.

The podcast also taps into the author’s first encounter with controversy when evangelical Christians burned her books and tried to ban them from libraries in the early 2000s for promoting witchcraft.

When asked about this early backlash, the 57-year-old said: “There is not a book on this planet that I would burn, including books that I believe are harmful. For me, burning is the last resort for people who can’t argue.” In the interview, conducted at Rowling’s home in Edinburgh, the author spoke about her first marriage to Jorge Arantes, a Portuguese journalist.


She claimed that the marriage became “very violent and very controlling” and that at one point Arantes hid her early Harry Potter manuscript to prevent her from leaving. “I took a few pages of the manuscript to work every day so he wouldn’t notice anything was missing, and I copied it bit by bit into a closet in the staff room.

“The photocopied manuscript grew and grew because I suspected that if I couldn’t get it all out, he would burn it or take it hostage or take it hostage,” she claimed.

Arantes previously said of the domestic abuse allegations: “It is true that I hit her. But I didn’t abuse her.” Don’t think in black and white when it comes to controversial issues, says JK Rowling

Callan Tansill

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