How J. K. Rowling Won Twitter

Kirstie Sutherland /
Feb 27, 2017 / Opinion

J. K. Rowling is the true queen of Twitter.

It is indisputable. Whether she’s slaying trolls and unruly, so-called ‘fans’, or instilling hope and comfort in the aftermath of political crises, Rowling is the one we can all turn to for some happiness and light in the darkest of times (and yes, that line was most definitely Harry Potter-inspired.)

Last week, Rowling emphasised her Twitter prowess in a feud with everyone’s least favourite Trump supporter, Piers Morgan. When a video surfaced of Australian comedian Jim Jefferies telling Morgan to “fuck off” when defending Trump’s Muslim ban, Rowling retweeted the video in rousing celebration.

“Yes, watching Piers Morgan being told to fuck off on live TV is *exactly* as satisfying as I’d always imagined.”

She spoke for us all, let’s be honest. Morgan’s replies were defiant, claiming he’d never once read a word of her famous Harry Potter series. But that was easy for her to quash, tweeting several times about how the sixth HP novel, Half Blood Prince, had beaten Morgan and others to book of the year at the British Book Awards, and even going as far to tweet a screenshot of a very complimentary description of her taken from a ‘British celebrities who really matter’ list, written by none other than a certain Piers Morgan. That’s really gotta sting. 

It’s not just Piers who JK has obliterated in 140 characters. Ms Rowling has long been slaying trolls left, right and centre, and throughout the US election last year, she confronted several issues surrounding Donald Trump, clearly showing her support for his opposition, Hillary Clinton: “A highly intelligent experienced woman just debated a giant orange Twitter egg. Your move, America.” Hilarious yet effective, I think you’ll find. She stood as a symbol of hope for many who felt threatened by the ultimate election result, tweeting for her followers to “challenge racism, misogyny and hatred” in the face of bullies.

Last year, there was a mixed response to Noma Dumezweni’s casting as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, with many being unable to understand that shock! horror! a black actress could play a character that had previously been played by Emma Watson. Rowling quickly defended the decision in a series of replies to fans, “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione.” When asked why she couldn’t “find even a good white actress”, she produced a punchy response: “We found the best actress and she’s black. Bye bye, now.” You don’t want to mess with JK and her decisions, folks. This is proof of that.

J. K. Rowling is defiant, bold and not afraid to speak her mind when it comes to issues such as politics, racism, feminism, even going as far as tweeting about female orgasms and Daily Mail headlines. However, what makes her such a Queen is the rapport she has with her fans. She has tweeted answers to questions about Hogwarts professors dating (Sprout and Flitwick, who’d have thought?), sorted fans into houses and just last year, she tweeted a fan a handwritten spell, Expecto Patronum, for her to get tattooed on her wrist in order to help her self-harming issues. Whether she’s slaying trolls or helping to make fans feel better about their place in the world, Rowling is the woman for the job.

Someone give her a damn crown, already. 

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Words by Kirstie Sutherland

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