J.K. Rowling sparks outrage for including cross-dressing serial killer in new book

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/entertainment/rowling-book-outrage-1.5724915

Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has set off a wave of anger for including what many are calling a transphobic plot line in her new book. Penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Troubled Blood is Rowling’s fifth book to feature private investigator Cormoran Strike. An early review of the book by Telegraph writer Jake Kerridge described it as featuring a “transvestite serial killer,” which inspired readers’ anger and spawned the Twitter hashtag #RIPJKRowling — a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the author’s career. The backlash comes on the heels of several accusations of transphobia in recent months against Rowling, and trangender activists said the new book appeared to take a deliberate swipe at the community.