J.K. Rowling, who once said Donald Trump is worse than “Harry Potter” villain Lord Voldemort, took aim at the GOP candidates’s campaign in a tweet campaign in a tweet that’s amassed thousands of retweets and likes in a matter of hours.
After the “Harry Potter” author came across an old tweet about the 2012 presidential election from tea party member Katrina Pierson, who now serves as a national spokesperson for Donald Trump, Rowling did not hold back.
“Obama’s dad born in Africa, Mitt Romney’s dad born in Mexico. Any pure breeds left?” Pierson tweeted during a primary debate at the time.
Rowling, seizing on ironic comparison between the tweet and her novels, sharply responded.
“Death Eaters walk among us,” she tweeted, referencing the dark wizards in the Harry Potter saga who sought to cleanse the populace by eliminating wizards born to non-magical parents.
Rowling’s previous comparison to Voldemort came after Trump called to halt Muslim entry into the United States.
Beyond the 2016 presidential race, Rowling has been vocal about several cultural, social and political issues. A supporter of the LGBTQ movement, she revealed in 2007 that Albus Dumbledore, one of her main characters, was gay. After same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States and Ireland, Rowling took to social media to celebrate. When an account linked to the Westboro Baptist Church sent her anti-gay messages, Rowling fired back to emphasize the importance of challenging hate speech.
The “Harry Potter” author recently spoke out against racism in the entertainment industry following a controversy about a black woman being chosen to play female protagonist Hermione Granger in an upcoming theatrical production. Rejecting the backlash, Rowling advocated for the actress to her Twitter followers. “Rowling loves black Hermione,” she wrote in December on social media, before retweeting fan-created pictures of Hermione with a darker complexion.
Rowling also fused praise for Emma Watson, who portrayed Hermione Granger in the cinematic adaptation of Harry Potter, with public statements that promoted gender equality. When Watson delivered a speech to the United Nations to promote the #HeForShe campaign, Rowling lauded her efforts. Calling the feminist speech “incredible,” she said Watson had done her famous character “extremely proud.”