J.K. Rowling trolls Trump and Pence, encourages fans who disagree to burn her books and films

J.K. Rowling has never been one to shy away from expressing her opinions on Twitter. Like many other public figures, the Harry Potter author’s latest sense of umbrage (zing) originates from President Donald Trump’s much derided immigration ban.

Over the weekend, Rowling began firing shots at Trump’s administration, comparing the executive order to the policies of dictatorships and calling out Vice President Mike Pence for his hypocrisy. She also sent out encouragement to the dissenting population via the words of Winston Churchill.

When I worked for Amnesty International in the 80s, these were the kind of stories told by political prisoners in dictatorships. https://t.co/y7CXLQK1n0

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 28, 2017

‘For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?’
Matthew 16:26 https://t.co/cYFglX3yRW

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 29, 2017

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.” — Winston Churchill

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2017

Quickly, fans who disagreed with Rowling’s stance started calling for the Harry Potter book burnings Christian groups used to hold in the late-’90s and early-’00s. Rowling’s retorts were more incendio than aquamenti, however. “Guess it’s true what they say,” she replied to one “disgusted” ex-fan, “you can lead a girl to books about the rise and fall of an autocrat, but you still can’t make her think.” What’s the spell equivalent of “sick burn”?

I seem to have woken up in the 90s. pic.twitter.com/g7Q3i2dSIz

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2017

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. pic.twitter.com/oB7Aq6Xz8M

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 1, 2017

Well, the fumes from the DVDs might be toxic and I’ve still got your money, so by all means borrow my lighter. pic.twitter.com/kVoi8VGEoK

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 31, 2017

Other fans have been content to simply toss a bunch of hexes and curses her way, but the original wand-wielder launched a few well-played protego charms in defense.

In – Free – Countries – Anyone – Can – Talk – About – Politics.

Try sounding out the syllables aloud, or ask a fluent reader to help. pic.twitter.com/K1j19EIU5f

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 28, 2017

I love you people. Half my timeline right now is pointing out that Harry Potter never turned anyone into a frog & that Hermione was the nerd

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 28, 2017

.@jeffbromero The skull in my header is from ‘Still Life: An Allegory of the Vanities of Human Life’ by the Dutch painter Harmen Steenwyck. pic.twitter.com/CigIp4dbuZ

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 29, 2017

.@jeffbromero And never forget, Jeff: ‘no one can make you feel inferior without your consent’ – Eleanor Roosevelt.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 29, 2017

I think he’s got a crush on me. pic.twitter.com/eberOUoJt1

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 1, 2017

*sighs* Well, who knows? If I try harder, I might be reincarnated as a lonely virgin hiding behind a cartoon frog. pic.twitter.com/EbocdxfJ5o

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2017

Unless you’re actually a hooded chihuahua, I’m pretty sure I win on the ‘not hiding’ front. I quite like ‘old whore’, though. #Shakespearean pic.twitter.com/0pIEVfrGn7

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2017

Maybe the political resistance to the Trump agenda should start calling itself Rowling’s Army.

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