A book shop has announced they will no longer stock JK Rowling novels and will “phase out” the copies of Harry Potter they currently have in store.
Rabble Books and Games in Maylands, Australia, shared their bold decision in a post on social media on Tuesday.
They explained that this move was intended to help them become a “safer space” for the community.
This comes after the 55-year-old author sparked outrage with her comments regarding transgender rights.
The controversy first began back in June when she tweeted about a headline featuring the phrase “people who menstruate”.
She wrote: “People who menstruate. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Following backlash, Rowling published an essay explaining her thoughts on sex and gender identity – which was also met with criticism.
Harry Potter stars including Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe as well as Fantastic Beasts actor Eddie Redmayne all disagreed with the writer.
The row reignited once again this month after it was revealed that the author’s upcoming crime novel, Troubled Blood, features a cross-dressing serial killer.
This proved too much for Nat Latter the owner of Rabble Books and Games, who in a statement on Facebook, said: “Hey Rabblers, we want to talk about JK Rowling. We are always trying to make Rabble a safer space for our community, and part of that is trying not to put books by transphobes on the shelves, when we know about them.
“Here is where we’re at: we’re not going to stock new JK Rowling books and we won’t be keeping Robert Galbraith books (her pseudonym for crime novels) on the shelf anymore.
“Though we don’t sell many, we’re going to phase out the Harry Potter books too. We know that HP means a lot to a lot of people and that often you want to share them with the youngsters in your life. We will always be happy to order them in for you, as with any books we don’t stock. For any we do sell, we’ll be donating our profits to @transfolkofwa.”
The post continued: “We’re physically a very small shop, and this opens up so much space for awesome books by Jessica Townsend, Jeremy Lachlan, Tamara Moss, Rebecca Lim, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Akwaeke Emezi and other amazing writers with middle grade and young adult fantasy adventure books.
“Whilst stocking a book isn’t an endorsement (good grief, that would be a minefield), and we will always take orders for books that aren’t in stock, there are more worthy books to put on the shelf, books that don’t harm communities and won’t make us sad to unpack them.”
The post garnered a lot of attention from Facebook users, but since appears to have been removed from the book store’s page.
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