Cancel culture and ill-worded tweets have lead to the downfall of many actors, politicians and writers.
J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, has joined the ever growing list.
Critics and some fans of Rowling's best-selling book series have accused the author of being trans-phobic, citing her tweets on the subject.
Rowling even faced criticism when tweeting praise to author Stephen King. It was taken down after fans asked Stephen King what he thought of J.K. Rowling's recent tweets and he responded: "Yes. Trans-women are women."
Many of the actors from the Harry Potter films—including Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter—wrote a response that was posted on The Trevor Project, a nonprofit focused on suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth. Radcliffe wrote in part that he hoped Rowling's views do not taint the world she created for fans and that he believes trans women are women.
There's also been fan backlash. There was a trend on TikTok of making a video of the book series saying the books had the wrong author's name. The creators of the videos then proceeded to cross out J.K. Rowling's name and replace it with one of their choosing. Others have put up their cloaks and wands deciding to leave the fandom all together.
Harry Potter fan Abby Teng said fan response has varied: "I’ve seen fans that are very quick to anger and quick to cancel the series too, but I’ve also seen fans who are supporting her."
Teng said she her love of the series hasn't been affected by Rowling's views.
"I believe that you can interpret the books however you want, regardless of the author’s intentions, and enjoy the series without being a fan of J.K Rowling," she said.
"I definitely don’t think attacking her should be anyone’s immediate response. If she never changes her opinions, fans could stop giving it attention and go on with their lives. If people are truly angry with her, they’d simply stop giving her attention."