A Harry Potter-themed event at a New Zealand book festival has been canceled over author J.K. Rowling’s controversial comments on gender.
The best-selling British author was swiftly met with backlash by many in the LGBTQ community, and some stars of the Harry Potter films.
The controversy started when Rowling panned an article for using the term “people who menstruate” instead of “women” last year.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased,” she tweeted.
Organizers said they consulted with literary experts and LGBTQ community members before shelving the popular segment, according to the article.
“The overwhelming response was there was a risk around causing distress to particular members of the community and that was the last thing we