JK Rowling revealed that she faced domestic and sexual abuse in a personal 3,600 word essay published on her website.
The globally acclaimed author of the Harry Potter series said that she was a “domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor” and that she revealed these things not out of a desire for sympathy but out of “solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine”. She went on to discuss her struggles with sexism and misogyny and that reading accounts of gender dysphoria made her muse that “if I’d been born 30 years later, I too might have tried to transition”. Rowling also defended her recent controversial comments on the trans community citing her belief in freedom of speech and her experiences as a teacher and survivor.
The author’s essay sparked debate, with Emma Watson, the actor who played Hermione in the Harry Potter films and UN Goodwill Ambassador, tweeted her belief that “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are”. Earlier, Daniel Radcliffe, who played the titular character in the movies expressed his disagreement with Rowling’s comments on trans people.