JK Rowling has criticized three trans activists for trying to ‘intimidate’ her after posting a photo of her address on social media.
The 56-year-old author has been accused of transphobia in recent months and will be a conspicuous absentee at the upcoming Harry Potter 20th anniversary reunion.
The spat was sparked when Rowling mocked an online article that used the words “men who menstruate” instead of “women.”
In the final chapter, three activists stood outside Rowling’s Edinburgh home holding pro-trans signs last Friday.
The author’s address was clearly visible in the background of a photo of the activists, which was widely shared on Twitter.
Rowling slammed the trio, accusing them of “doxxing” her and trying to intimidate her for “standing up for women’s sex-based rights.” She called them Holly Stars, Georgia Frost and Richard Energy.
She also revealed that she’s received so many death threats about the trans row that she could “put the house down on paper.”
Holly Stars later posted a statement on social media saying they deleted the photo after being inundated with abuse.
Three activists stood outside JK Rowling’s Edinburgh home last Friday holding pro-trans signs
Rowling slammed the trio, accusing them of “doxxing” her and trying to intimidate her for “standing up for women’s sex-based rights.” She called them Holly Stars, Georgia Frost and Richard Energy
Addressing the activists, Rowling tweeted today: ‘Last Friday my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activist actors who took pictures of themselves in front of our home and carefully positioned themselves to ensure our address was visible.
“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who reported the image to @TwitterSupport. Your kindness and decency have made all the difference to my family and me. I would also like to thank @PoliceScotland for their support and assistance in this matter
In recent years I have watched in shock as women like Allison Bailey, Raquel Sanchez, Marion Miller, Rosie Duffield, Joanna Cherry, Julie Bindel, Rosa Freedman, Kathleen Stock and many, many others, including women who do not have a public profile, but who contact with me to share their experiences have been the subject of intimidation campaigns that range from being chased on social media, attacking their employers, to doxing and direct threats of violence, including rape.
“None of these women are protected as I am. They and their families have been brought into a state of fear and distress for no other reason than that they refuse to accept uncritically that the socio-political concept of gender identity should replace that of sex.
“I have to assume @IAmGeorgiaFrost, @hollywstars and @Richard_Energy_ thought doxxing me would intimidate me into not standing up for women’s gender-based rights.
“They should have thought about the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats that I could write off the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking. Perhaps – and I’ll just throw this out – the best way to prove that your movement poses no threat to women is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us.”
In response, Holly Stars wrote: ‘Yesterday we posted a photo we took at JK Rowling’s house.
“While sticking with the photo, we’ve received an overwhelming amount of serious and threatening transphobic messages since it was posted, so we’ve decided to remove the photo. #transrightsarehumanrights. Love for our trans siblings.”
The message was signed ‘G, Richard, Holly’.
Holly Stars is a popular drag queen with her own Amazon Prime series. She is also a stand-up comedian, comedy writer, cabaret presenter and is regarded as one of the UK’s hottest drag talents.
She is the writer and star of the West End show Death Drop, which is currently embarking on its first UK tour and also produces and presents a monthly Soho cabaret.
Richard Energy, one of the other activists, is a drag king and comedian who performs all over London. He has appeared in several competitions and is considered a growing star in the scene.
Georgia Frost, the third activist, is an actress who has appeared in BBC productions including Casualty and sitcom The Other One.
All three activists have now deleted their Twitter accounts in light of the spat.
It’s the latest chapter in a trans row that has engulfed Rowling since she took to Twitter in June 2020 to criticize an op-ed that used the term “people who menstruate” instead of women.
“I’m sure there used to be a word for these people,” she tweeted at the time. ‘Someone helps me. wumben? Wimp? Woomud?’
She then moved on to a thread about biological sex.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no attraction between people of the same sex,” she claimed. ‘If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women worldwide is erased.
“I know and love transgender people, but erasing the concept of sex deprives many of the ability to talk meaningfully about their lives.”
Rowling later clarified that she “respects every trans person’s right to live in a way that feels authentic and comfortable,” and went on to say that she would march “if you were discriminated against on the basis of being transgender.”
“At the same time, my life has been shaped by being feminine,” said Rowling, the… Associated Press reported at the time. “I don’t think it’s hateful to say that.”
The children’s author was charged with transphobic behavior in June 2020 after criticizing an op-ed that used the term “menstruating people” instead of women, and tweeted about biological sex
She became embroiled in another controversy after it was revealed that the villain in her latest book Troubled Blood (right) is a male serial killer who dresses up as a woman to kill his victims.
Then, in September 2020, she faced renewed calls of transphobia after the villain was revealed in her latest book, Troubled Blood — written under Rowling’s pen name Robert Galbraith — is a male serial killer who dresses up as a woman to kill his victims.
An early review of .’s 900-page book The Daily Telegraph – in which the critic states that the “moral of the book seems to be: never trust a man in a dress” – sparked immediate reactions online.
In the wake of these comments, Harry Potter actors Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Eddie Redmayne, who star in her Fantastic Beasts films, criticized the author for her comments.
And in March Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the beloved film series admitted he felt he needed to champion transgender people after Rowling’s comments.
He said that while he was “not an authority” in the debate, he felt he had a responsibility to speak out in support of the trans community as “silence is louder”.
In an interview with Esquire, he said: ‘I am very grateful [for] everything she’s done. I think she’s extraordinarily talented, and I mean it’s clear that her works are genius.”
“But then again, I think you can have a lot of respect for someone and still disagree with that sort of thing…
“Sometimes the silence is even louder. I felt I had to because I think it was important. I mean, I don’t want to talk about all that… Generally speaking, I’m not an authority on this.
“Just out of kindness, and just to respect people. I think it’s a valuable group that I think needs to be championed.’
However, a collection of more than 50 actors, writers, playwrights and journalists later banded together to write a letter in response to “hate speech” directed against Rowling.
Signatories to the letter include Booker winner Ian McEwan, actor Griff Rhys Jones, actress Frances Barber and playwright Sir Tom Stoppard.
Now the cast is set to return for the 20th anniversary special, which will tell “an enchanting making-of story through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations,” according to HBO Max.
A release said it would feature stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint – who have not been together in public since the franchise’s last premiere, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, premiered in July 2011. appeared. as filmmaker Chris Columbus, who directed the blockbuster.
But the release doesn’t mention the person responsible for creating the characters, author JK Rowling, who has been criticized for her views on transgender people.
Sources close to the project told TMZ that it will focus on the creation of the first film 20 years ago, and the central cast and crew.
They said Rowling will be featured in archival footage from the creation of the first film, but won’t be appearing again in the special.