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Guardian readers back JK Rowling after trans row

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Oh dear. There seems to be something of an ongoing campaign against JK Rowling at the moment. The Harry Potter writer has dared to continue speaking out about her views on sex and gender in recent months, earning the ire of the Twitter mob in the process.

Despite incidents – like her credit being downsized to being barely visible in the trailer for the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel – the writer retains her popularity with fans, something the Guardian discovered when it asked its readers ‘Tell us: who is your 2021 Person of the Year?’

An online social media campaign swiftly ensured to put Rowling’s name forward, with supporters writing on...

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