J.K. Rowling gifts her Twitter followers with nuggets of genius on a daily basis. Whether she’s dropping Harry Potter bombshells or encouraging fans to prove their naysayers wrong, the writer’s feed is always bursting with her trademark empathy and wit.
But every once in awhile, the beloved author is prompted to dish out an A-class Twitter smackdown.
Just this week, Rowling responded to a BBC article about why Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the U.S. inspired people to compare him to the notorious Potter villain Lord Voldemort, and she did it in the best way possible:
It wasn’t the first time Rowling tweeted against anti-Muslim public figures. When Rupert Murdoch wrote “Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible,” in January, Rowling noted how’d she take responsibility for a member of her religion:
The sarcastic burns continue Rowling’s storied tradition of unabashedly broadcasting her opinions.
“Ironic then that main reason for her success is that she is built like a man,” the tweeter wrote to Rowling.
An undeterred Rowling quickly shot back at the “idiot” with photographic evidence to the contrary:
Two months before she leapt to the tennis champ’s defense, Rowling took on the controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
After she posted a number of tweets in support of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Ireland, including one in which she joked that Dumbledore, whom she earlier revealed was gay, and Lord of the Rings‘ Gandalf “could get married in Ireland,” the church voiced its disapproval from its Twitter account: “So @jkrowling wants Dumbledore & Gandalf to marry in Ireland; if it happens WBC will picket,” they wrote.
Rowling made sure to drop a few of her classic, hilariously vivid insults in her reply: “Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls,” she countered.
She also clarified the important reason why she even gave the spectacle-seeking church attention:
J.K. Rowling Has Perfect Response to Critic of Gay Dumbledore
Never one to keep quiet about her political leanings, Rowling pushed back against a user who chastised her position on the Scottish referendum in September 2014:
And in response to a string of vitriolic, sexiest comments by a user whose account has since been suspended, Rowling dropped this gem in May:
Rowling had the perfect sarcastic retort to a tweeter who accused her of “angling for abuse” in hopes of garnering “publicity” for her little-known literary pursuits:
And no matter how much time passes, any comment or tweet is up for Rowling’s critique. Back in 2012, a Donald Trump spokeswoman tweeted “Perfect Obama’s dad born in Africa, Mitt Romney’s dad born in Mexico. Any pure breeds left?” during one of the two candidates’ 2012 debates. Four years later, Rowling brought the tweet back – with a perfect Harry Potter connection.
When it was announced that a black actress, Noma Dumezweni, would play Hermione in the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Twitter was abuzz – and not all the comments were positive. Rowling, of course, was quick to shut down any naysayers.
Keep on telling it like it really is, J.K.