Children’s Harry Potter book festival event is cancelled over JK Rowling transphobia row after discussions with the LGBTQ community

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Last night Toby Young, founder of the Free Speech Union, which is due to open its first branch in New Zealand next week, said: “J. K. Rowling is one of Britain’s most influential and respectable contemporary writers. This is why the decision by the Wairarapa book festival to cancel a children’s Harry Potter quiz because of comments J. K. Rowling made during an important debate on women’s only spaces is chilling. If the creator of our most successful export since James Bond can be declared persona non grata, anyone can.”

Sanchez Manning, The Mail on Sunday, 2nd May 2021.