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The last book of J. K. Rowling there are striking similarities with reality and in particular with the life of the author of the last few years. We are not talking here about the history of writing the books about Harry Potterand about the criticism Rowling has received for her views on transgender people and the rights they want.
The 57-year-old author writes the mystery series Cormorant Strike under his pseudonym Robert Galbraithas the sixth volume titled The Inky Black Heart is already on the market. Rowling’s fans were already drawn to her new books, but the latest one piqued their interest even more since it’s about Eddie Ledwella co-creator of a popular cartoon, who is being stalked by a mysterious online figure who goes by the pseudonym Anomie.
Rolling Stone reports that Eddie’s character is considered by online users to be racist, unfair to people with disabilities and transphobic. Little by little, she sees her internet fame plummet, starts receiving death threats, and finally is killed. Strike and private investigator Robin Ellacott then try to solve the murder.
Rowling, whose latest film in the series “Fantastic Beasts” started with the lowest box office revenue of the Harry Potter franchise until now, came under fire in June 2020 when it appeared to support views opposing trans people’s rights. Although she denied being homophobic, the author stood by her words in a lengthy essay posted on her website days later.
The cast of “Harry Potter” Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint spoke out against Rowling’s highly criticized remarks regarding the transgender community. The author stated that she herself refused to participate in the special gathering of the team of “Harry Potter” on HBO Max earlier this year. According to her, the episode was made for the movies, not the books, so there was no point in her being there. She did appear on the red carpet at the premiere of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secret at the end of March.
In a special question and answer section made on her website, Rowling has denied that her new book is based on her life over the past two years.
“I have never created a book based on my personal experience. I don’t want to talk about my own life,” writes the author. She adds that she planned to write the story for a long time, even before the criticism of it appeared on social networks.
“I would like to be crystal clear that I did not write this book as a response to something that happened to me.”, Rowling also says. He admits that people in the editorial office and those who got hold of the manuscript long before the scandal with it were surprised by the turn of events. “They asked me if I was clairvoyant. No I am not. It was just one of those weird twists.”.
In her words, sometimes reality mimics fiction much better than one might imagine. He says that if he had to write about his experience as a creator, the book would look very different.