A Harry Potter quiz has been canceled at a New Zealand book event
Organizers of the Featherston Booktown Karukatea Festival in New Zealand have
canceled their popular Harry Potter quiz after controversial tweets from J.K. Rowling.
The author, 55, has previously defended her views on trans issues in an essay
published on her website titled J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking
out on Sex and Gender Issues.
However, the writer’s words were not enough for organizers of the book festival,
with board chairman Peter Biggs telling Stuff:
‘The overwhelming response was there was a risk around causing distress to
particular members of the community and that was the last thing we wanted to do
We always thought Booktown should be an inclusive, welcoming place for everyone
so we took the decision not to go with Harry Potter.’
Founder and managing director of LGBTQ+ organization InsideOUT supported
the decision to cut the quiz, saying J.K. Rowling had been ‘very vocally unsupportive
of trans communities’.