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The fantasy-free Platinum Jubilee reading list is pure literary snobbery

Instead, those few science fiction novels to make the countdown are fuddy-ishly familiar. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is more smug comic caper…

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JK Rowling excluded from Platinum Jubilee list of great reads in wake of transgender row

JK Rowling has been excluded from a Platinum Jubilee reading list in the wake of a transgender row. The Big Jubilee Read was compiled with the aim…

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The truth about my raucous lunch with JK Rowling

This week a perfectly nice woman canvassing for Labour knocked on my door and I explained to her that I would not be voting for a party…

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Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, review – a shambles to embarrass JK Rowling

The pandemic has wounded cinema in all sorts of ways, but the Fantastic Beasts series may prove to be its biggest victim to date. The Harry Potter…

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Fantastic Beasts’ biggest problem isn’t JK Rowling – or Johnny Depp

Take a hike Johnny Depp. On your Quidditch stick, JK Rowling. You’ve both been demoted from your previous position as Most Problematic Person In the Fantastic Beasts…

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JK Rowling has shone a light on Labour cowardice

Two interventions over the weekend should make the Labour Party and its leader, Keir Starmer, sit up and take notice. The first is a report by American…

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JK Rowling: Keir Starmer misrepresents equalities law by saying ‘trans women are women’

In comments defending crime commissioner Lisa Townsend after she faced complaints for criticising gender self-identification, Rowling wrote: “I don’t think our politicians have the slightest idea how…

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‘We’re not the PC police!’: what sensitivity readers really do

But is the use of sensitivity readers really such a radical change in the publishing sphere? Writers have always sought advice on portraying cultures or groups with…

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JK Rowling is too big to cancel – so now the Left wants to pretend she never existed

Every death threat I have ever had, every woman I have spoken to about being stalked or abused, has heard these words. They have “no place”, they…

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Why hasn’t Michael Jackson been cancelled when JK Rowling has?

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson continues to be celebrated not only in a major new Broadway musical. His music still generates millions of dollars. Forbes magazine publishes an annual…

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The rules for cancel culture are far from clear – just look at JK Rowling and Michael Jackson

Meanwhile, Michael Jackson continues to be celebrated not only in a major new Broadway musical. His music still generates millions of dollars. Forbes magazine publishes an annual…

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What will the woke cancel mob accuse JK Rowling of next?

They’ve also tried accusing her of antisemitism, but that doesn’t seem to have convinced anyone, either. According to them, the goblin bankers in Harry Potter are physical…

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Why do the woke keep cancelling strong women like JK Rowling?

Uh-oh – them wokeys are on the rampage again. I know this because JK Rowling is trending on social media. Seldom a good sign in our age…

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The truth about Harry Potter’s ‘anti-Semitic’ goblins

So how did a writer utterly opposed to anti-Semitism wind up seemingly trojan-horsing an anti-Semitic caricature into her work? Some have argued, persuasively, that it probably wasn’t…

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JK Rowling’s name erased from school house over ‘viewpoints surrounding trans people’

JK Rowling’s name has been dropped from a school house over her “viewpoints surrounding trans people”. The Boswells School in Chelmsford, Essex, a secondary school specialising in…

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JK Rowling’s battle to make the Harry Potter films ‘100 per cent British’

Twenty years on, the intense furor around the casting of Harry Potter himself is sometimes forgotten – a kind of scrutiny usually reserved for a new James…

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How a 557,000-word, ‘woke’ Harry Potter fanfic took on JK Rowling

The magical world of Harry Potter extends far beyond the original books written by JK Rowling. With films, plays, spoofs, theme parks and more than a million…

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JK Rowling should be a national treasure – so why have so many spent a year destroying her?

Her first sally into the gender wars came in 2018, when she ‘liked’ a tweet by a female Labour party member, complaining that “Men in dresses get…

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Harry Potter films are nothing without JK Rowling – time to put the entire franchise to bed

“I wouldn’t be the person I am without so many people here,” says Daniel Radcliffe in the trailer for Return to Hogwarts, the forthcoming 20th anniversary celebration…

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, review: the worst role of Helen Mirren’s career

A genuinely surprising moment occurred at the beginning of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses (Sky Max). Dame Helen Mirren – who, in the weirdest role of…

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​Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, review: where’s JK Rowling when we need her most?

It clocks in at nearly two hours, including ad breaks. And almost everyone ever involved in Potter – again with one exception – appears to have been…

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How cancel culture came to define 2021 – and the casualties it left behind

Noel Clarke The actor and director – who starred in and scripted the acclaimed Kidulthood trilogy – was accused in April of abuse of power and “serious…

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Page featuring JK Rowling’s first national newspaper interview up for auction

Rowling is now worth around £820 million following the global success of the Harry Potter franchise, and the anonymous owner of the 24-year-old Telegraph piece could now…

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To think you can undermine women’s rights and disappear JK Rowling is magical thinking

“Things are not quite as they appear” it says in the trailer for the film Fantastic Beasts: The Secret of Dumbledore. Indeed so. “Warner Bros Invites You”…

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JK Rowling condemns police guidance which lets rapists self-identify as women

JK Rowling has condemned Police Scotland for “Orwellian” guidance which allows rapists to self-identify as women, as the author became embroiled in a new row over transgender…