After a former Harry Potter fan tweeted at J.K. Rowling to tell the author that she had burned her Harry Potter books in response to Rowling’s criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump, Rowling did not hold back in her response.
Many people began to suggest that Rowling should “stay out of politics” but that didn’t stop her from mocking them in her responses.
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“Guess it’s true what they say: you can lead a girl to books about the rise and fall of an autocrat, but you still can’t make her think,” she captioned a screenshot of the tweets from the former fan.
This was the second time Rowling shut down the idea of burning her books. On Tuesday morning Rowling tweeted the first screenshot of a Twitter user writing, “@jk_rowling glad I caught this article on yahoo. I will now burn your books and movies too.”
“Well, the fumes from the DVDs might be toxic and I’ve still got your money, so by all means borrow my lighter,” Rowling said in response.
Another Twitter user joined the conversation and told Rowling, “I’ll buy 2 copies of every book to make up for this and I’ll donate the second copy to an interested read. Takers?”
“Actually, we’re thinking of selling them in pairs in future; a ‘read one, burn one’ deal for those who like the magic, but not the morals,” Rowling said in response.
Before Rowling left the conversation, she let fans know that she was touched by the overwhelming support she received.
This isn’t the first time people have threatened to burn Rowling’s novels.
In the late 1990s some people had concerns about the magic and supernatural references.
A pile of Harry Potter books was set on fire in New Mexico in December 2001 by a religious group which stated that “Harry Potter” was “the devil.”