A prominent museum in Seattle, Washington, has made the decision to remove all traces of J.K. Rowling, the well-known author behind the Harry Potter series, due to allegations of her expressing discriminatory views towards transgender individuals. The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has taken down any Harry Potter memorabilia associated with Rowling as a result.
Rowling, previously regarded as a feminist figure, has faced criticism from those on the far left who accuse her of being a “Terf” (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) due to her criticisms of certain aspects of the modern LGBT movement. Particularly, her concerns regarding child safety and the rights of women in spaces designated for females have drawn ire from her critics.
Chris Moore, a transgender individual who prefers the pronouns “he/they”, elaborated on the reasons behind the museum’s decision in a blog post. Moore stated that Rowling’s transphobic views, among other problematic issues, contributed to the removal of her artifacts from the gallery.
MoPOP, in defense of its stance, expressed its support for nonbinary and transgender communities and emphasized its commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, and accessibility within pop culture.
The decision to distance from Rowling is not exclusive to the museum, as libraries throughout Britain have been advised against prominently displaying books from authors critical of the transgender movement. Though Rowling was not specifically mentioned, the guidance suggested refraining from showcasing works by writers labeled as “Terfs.”
In response to the controversy, there have been reports of a Toronto bookseller selling specially bound copies of the Harry Potter books. These versions deliberately exclude Rowling’s name from the cover and copyright pages in order to cater to customers who align with woke ideologies.