JK Rowling’s name dropped from Private School House

J.K Rowling has again made headlines, in the continuing backlash of her most recent comments over gender.

The transgender controversy continues around J.K, as this week sees her name removed from the respected set of female figures that grace the house of one of the UK’s most prestigious private schools.

King’s High in Warwick, a $24,000 a-year high school for girls, had announced JK Rowling among its house names back in 2016. In a new Big Changemaker Conversation instigated by headteacher Dr. Stephen Burley, the original four house names have been replaced with six new ones.

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In a move to celebrate ‘people who changed the world for the better, the school overhauled a list of well-known public figures. J.K wasn’t the only big name removed,  for reasons not shared by the school, they also chose to remove Judi Dench, Audrey Hepburn, and Emmeline Pankhurst’s who were replaced with Jane Austen, Amelia Earhart, and Rosalind Franklin, joining, Mary Seacole, Harriet Tubman, and Malala Yousafzai.

Ms. Rowling’s views on transgender rights over the past year haveseen the author become ostracised, not only in the media but in the ‘sport’ that she invented. Club sports have taken Quidditch and made it their own, by rebranding the game Quadball. 

Time will tell where all of this will lead, as content trigger warnings have now been added to her book in a UK University, advising students reading the first

Time will tell where all of this will lead, as triggering content warnings have now been given to students reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, over ‘difficult conversations about gender, race, sexuality, class, and identity.