JK Rowling may have created the beloved Harry Potter universe, but she hasn't fallen short of controversy - especially when it comes to the LGBTQ+ community.
Earlier this month, the author posted a tweet that sparked huge backlash online, and now fans are having their Harry Potter tattoos covered up.
Keep scrolling to find out why people are so furious and to check out the designs some tattoo artists have already come up with...
We all know J.K Rowling is the woman behind the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
via: Getty ImagesWhat started out as a mere musing while stuck on a delayed train in London, 1990, led to a young Joanne Rowling conjuring up the magical story of Harry Potter.
The author has single-handedly built an empire.
via: GettyThirty years since it's creation, over 500 million copies of the book franchise have been sold worldwide in eighty different languages, making it one of the best-selling book series of all time.
But this success didn't come easily to the young author.
via: GettyRowling famously struggled with marriage and money issues in the 4 years she spent working on the first Harry Potter book and, in 1994, she found herself as a newly-divorced single mom living out of her sister's spare room in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.
And, unbelievably, her idea was turned down by several different publishers...
via: GettyWho reportedly found the idea to be "too long-winded for children" Even her literary agent allegedly warned her, "You do realize, you will never make a fortune out of writing children's books?"
It was a dark and difficult time for the young woman.
via: GettyBut, regardless of her personal struggles, she continued working on her vision, frequently taking to small coffee shops across Edinburgh to complete her debut book.
And, in 1997, her hard work finally paid off.
via: Getty Images500 copies of the debut Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone finally hit the shelves in bookstores across the United Kingdom.
The book was an instant success.
via: GettyThe adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger were quick to capture a vast and loyal fanbase, with children and adults alike being instantly captivated by the novel.
And, in the years following from The Philosopher's Stone...
via: GettyRowling went on to release 6 more books that detailed Harry's fight against the notorious Lord Voldemort, which only made her unique take on the fantasy world of magic even more known and loved across the world.
We became Harry Potter obsessed.
via: GettySo, of course, it didn't take long for the movie adaptations to come along.
In 2001, Warner Brothers swooped in on the book series...And brought Rowling's words and imagination to life by transforming them into a series of blockbuster movies.
Many say that the 8 movies were the true start of the world's obsession with Harry Potter.The wizardry and witchcraft mania that was induced by the books was only exaggerated after the release of the on-screen adaptations which, collectively, grossed around $6.5 billion in total.
The final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise, The Deathly Hallows, was released back in 2007...
via: GettyAnd fans were finally able to discover the fate of Harry Potter and the rest of the wizarding community, something which Rowling has claimed she knew from the very beginning.
Since the end of Harry Potter, the author has embarked upon a handful of sequel projects...
via: GettyIncluding the collaboration on the 2-part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and the hugely successful blockbuster, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
But Hogwarts aside...
the K in JK Rowling stands for "Karen"— Matt Ortile (@Matt Ortile)1591484641.0
Rowling has a long history of gender-critical commentary...
JK Rowling logging into Twitter https://t.co/LCo8aBWY1e— Tom Zohar (@Tom Zohar)1591485633.0
She started off by tweeting this:
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? W… https://t.co/JEQbzYBS9O— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1591479351.0
And when followers replied saying the tweet was transphobic, Rowling decided to add to the thread.
If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased… https://t.co/1NlkCzXfnB— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1591480967.0
Oh, and she didn't stop there.
One of my best mates just called me. Self-described butch lesbian. It was hard to tell, because she was shouting qu… https://t.co/eghzWoo3M3— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1591483629.0
People couldn't believe what they had read.
1/3 JK Rowling is a transphobe. In her most recent tweets she’s using lesbian experiences to justify her twisted… https://t.co/O9fUP062UR— Phatballz 🌈 (@Phatballz 🌈)1591568062.0
People were outraged with Rowling's comments...And many said that she had now ruined Harry Potter for them.
Sometimes you just need to stop tweeting...
jk rowling woke up this morning, looked out her window at a world where police are murdering unarmed black civilian… https://t.co/Xb1UWFrAwT— deandroid🦇warcrimes (@deandroid🦇warcrimes)1591482632.0
Daniel Radcliffe even chimed in...
via: Getty ImagesThe star released a statement through the LGBT suicide prevention charity the Trevor Project.
The actor said that while Rowling "is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken... as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment."
via: Getty Images"Transgender women are women. "Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I."
Harry Potter himself literally had to come and swoop in...And people can't get enough. "daniel radcliffe coming out to his cave to shit on jk rowling, thats what i call a high quality man," wrote one user.
You can read his full statement below:
1) I love that he did this with Trevor Project. It shows how mindful he is of the harm her comments had on trans yo… https://t.co/O60gZhDPx7— David Mack (@David Mack)1591662789.0
Many are now having their Harry Potter tattoo's covered up due to Rowling's recent tweets.
Time for tattoo parlors to offer the Harry Potter Cover Up Special.— Handsome Adam Barrett (@Handsome Adam Barrett)1591541373.0
According to Insider, many longtime fans felt personally hurt over her comments.
@GrizzTFM Wonder if they’d cover up my Harry Potter tattoo since JK Rowling is an asshole now— just another 𓆏 in the machine (@just another 𓆏 in the machine)1592231510.0
Lo got their first Harry Potter tattoo at eighteen...A quote on their arm from The Goblet of Fire that reads, "Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it."
However, despite taking comfort in the Potter universe for years...Lo now plans to cover the tattoo with a tree or forest design in light of Rowling's tweets.
And Lo is far from the only fan taking this stance...Several others have revealed their plans for covers ups of their Wizarding World inkings.
Others are considering only keeping Harry Potter tattoos with less obvious ties to the franchise.
For my fellow trans community: if you have a Harry Potter tattoo and you want a custom Wolf Ward to cover it, DM me… https://t.co/xlRFYgOaXs— Sfé ✨⚧✨ Monster (@Sfé ✨⚧✨ Monster)1591737051.0
Some tattoo artists are already unveiling design ideas specifically for Harry Potter fans wanting cover-ups.
I've spent today drawing coverups for Harry Potter tattoos in exchange for donations to https://t.co/YN9pW0qkqW - I… https://t.co/OqhtxdhbM7— Molly Knox Ostertag 🦭💙 Girl From the Sea is OUT! (@Molly Knox Ostertag 🦭💙 Girl From the Sea is OUT!)1591666012.0