JK Rowling's name REMOVED from Harry Potter novels over 'transphobic' views

Critics have accused the Harry Potter author of being transphobic, an allegation she strongly denies.
Critics have accused the Harry Potter author of being transphobic, an allegation she strongly denies.

A bookbinder and artist is ripping the author's name out of her books and replacing them with their own artwork

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JK Rowling's name is being removed from the front covers of Harry Potter books over accusations of transphobia.

Bookbinder and artist Laur Flom, 23, replaces the covers of the books and charges customers £140 to purchase her versions of the novels. The originals sell for around £8 online.

A bookbinder and artist is ripping the author's name out of her books and replacing them with their own artwork
A bookbinder and artist is ripping the author's name out of her books and replacing them with their own artwork

Laur wanted to create a “safe space” for fans after comments made by JK Rowling on transgender people.

The covers and copyright pages of the books are torn out and replaced with other artwork.

Laur explained that JK Rowling’s comments left a “bad taste in my mouth” and raised questions on the ethics behind reading her work.

Critics have accused the Harry Potter author of being transphobic, an allegation she strongly denies.

Laur wanted to create a “safe space” for fans after comments made by JK Rowling on transgender people.
Laur wanted to create a “safe space” for fans after comments made by JK Rowling on transgender people.

In June 2020 Rowling wrote an essay explaining how she was partly motivated to speak about transgender issues because of her experience of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Ever since, she has been bombarded with allegations of being transphobic.

The books are sold for nearly £1,000 for the full set or £140 for an individual one.

Last month, the author founded a new support service to help meet an “unmet need” for women who have experienced sexual violence.

Beira’s Place in Edinburgh will be a support and advocacy service for women in the Lothians aged 16 and over who have experienced sexual violence or abuse at any time in their lives.

Organisers said the service, which will be free, has been set up in response to demand from female survivors for a women-only service, as one is currently not available in the area.