JK Rowling cancelled: Now Performing arts school drops author's name from house


The Boswells School, specialising in performing arts, had previously named one of its in-school groups after the Harry Potter author. But over the summer, the school replaced her with Dame Kelly Holmes. This came after the Essex school announced plans to review the tribute to Ms Rowling in July, following “requests from students and staff”.

In September, the school announced it had selected Dame Kelly to replace her, chosen from names put forward by staff.

In a newsletter, the school said that Ms Rowling’s “viewpoints surrounding trans people…do not align with our school policy and school beliefs”, adding that “people are free to be”.

The newsletter, according to the MailOnline, said: “The Boswells House System embeds a sense of community, friendship and healthy competition amongst both students and staff.

“A strong house identity empowers our students to participate and thrive in all aspects of school life, both in and out of the classroom.

“Here at the Boswells we have six Houses which are represented by British citizens who have excelled in an area of our Boswells Learning Bridge which includes integrity, emotional intelligence, grit, resourcefulness, self-discipline and bravery.

“However, following numerous requests by students and staff we are reviewing the name of our red house ‘Rowling’ and in light of J.K Rowling’s comments and viewpoints surrounding trans people.

“Her views on this issue do not align with our school policy and school beliefs – a place where people are free to be.

“Staff have been invited to put forward suggestions of names for the house.

“Once shortlisted a vote will go out to the whole school to select a new House name.”

This comes after several members of the cast of the Harry Potter films distanced themselves from the author, including leading trio Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson.

Following the significant backlash that the tweet caused, Ms Rowling wrote about her views on Twitter in more detail, saying: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction.

“If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.

“I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.

“It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

The author added said: “I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them.

“I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female.

“I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”

The Boswells School was contacted for comment.


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