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Harry Potter author JK Rowling released his first children’s Christmas book on Tuesday, inspired by the confinement and beloved stuffed pigs of his son David.
“The Christmas Pig” is a story “of being lost and being found, of loving and being loved, of what remains with us and what falls,” the author told The Sunday Times .
“It is also a question of hope and endurance,” she added.
The idea came from a stuffed pig who has been his son’s favorite since he was a baby, but kept hiding and losing.
The 56-year-old author purchased an identical toy in case the original was lost for good, but his son quickly found it and said the couple were brothers.
âThe original pig is now extremely worn and beaten,â she wrote in the newspaper on Sunday.
âHowever, the second pig still looks more or less like what it got when you bought it. It has never been loved the same, never invested with the strange power we give to beloved toys when we are young. So one day I thought about that, about what it means to be a replacement, âshe added.
The idea had been on the mind of the multi-million-selling writer for nearly a decade, but pandemic lockdowns gave him the momentum to make it happen.
âI first came up with the idea in 2012, and I finally finished it last year, at a time when the pandemic was still raging and I was unusually aware of the need for human connection. “she said.
“I think that’s why I kept imagining it being read aloud while working on it, something I’ve never done with any other book.”
– Transgender rank –
Rowling solicited relatively little publicity for the release, with her recent newspaper appearances dominated by her argument with the transgender community.
The feud began nearly two years ago when Rowling tweeted about the use of the phrase “menstruating”.
âI’m sure there was a word for these people. Somebody help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?â She wrote.
The post caused a rift with some of the stars of the “Harry Potter” films, including lead actor Daniel Radcliffe, who tweeted an apology on his behalf.
âTransgender women are women,â Radcliffe wrote in an article.
Rowling said that “accusations and threats from trans activists have bubbled through my Twitter timeline” since then.
“A lot of women are rightly terrified of trans activists; I know this because so many have contacted me to tell their stories,” she wrote.
The fury over Rowling’s views has spread to other sections of society, sparking a debate over transgender rights and free speech.
A British lawmaker from the main opposition Labor party withdrew from her party’s recent annual conference over security fears, after receiving online threats when she gave her opinion on issues such as the ” access to spaces reserved for women.
And a college professor was charged with transphobia and asked for her dismissal after she said people can change their gender but not their biological sex.
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