J.K. Rowling will not be silenced. The bestselling author of the Harry Potter series has always been outspoken about her political beliefs, and following Donald Trump's surprising win in the presidential election, she's not backing down now. Rowling took to Twitter on election night to urge her followers to "stand together" and "challenge bigots" in the wake of the results.
"I've been called bitch, 'libtard' and plenty more tonight. Quite proud really; who'd want these people's approval?" she tweeted, in response to one woman's claim that she was attacked by Trump supporters online and called a "degenerate." Rowling's response? The hashtag #DegenerateArmy — clearly referencing Harry Potter's student rebellion, Dumbledore's Army, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in which Potter and his fellow Hogwarts students united against the school's regressive administration, led by Dolores Umbridge.
After one follower chastised her for giving the internet trolls attention, Rowling explained why she wasn't going to be passive: "I know you mean well, but tonight of all nights I’m going to say it. Ignoring spite, and hate, and bullying, doesn't work." She continued in two follow-up tweets, "The easy thing is to be silenced because you don't want the insults. The easy thing is to look the other way when it's happening to others. The easy thing is to keep your head down & let the bullies run amok. The right thing to do is to challenge racism, misogyny and hatred."
Read Rowling's tweets below:
When one such troll told Rowling, a British citizen, to mind her own business, the Fantastic Beasts writer fired back, "This is everyone's business. Your decision has global implications."