Rebutting J. K. Rowling

Matthew Arnold Stern
4 min readFeb 14, 2023
Hogwarts Express sign

J. K. Rowling is a popular punching bag these days, and for good reason. On top of her transphobia, the new Hogwarts Legacy game is riddled with anti-Semitic tropes and imagery. And as the saying goes, even if Hogwarts Legacy wasn’t intended to be transphobic and anti-Semitic, transphobes and anti-Semites are attracted to it.

While I understand all the arguments, Rowling’s downfall is still a hard thing for me to watch…

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Matthew Arnold Stern

A novelist and award-winning public speaker and technical writer. My novels Amiga and The Remainders are available now.