'Harry Potter' author claims it would have a knock on effect on other politicial causes
J.K Rowling has spoken out against banning Donald Trump from entering the UK.
The Harry Potter author admitted that she did not agree with the Republican front runner’s views, but she argued that stopping him would give others licence to ban advocates of certain causes.
It comes after a petition was launched to ban Trump from the UK earlier this year.
Rowling previously dubbed Trump worse than Harry Potter‘s evil nemesis Lord Voldemort.
But she told the the 2016 PEN Literary Gala & Free Expression Awards in New York City yesterday (May 16): “Unless we take that absolute position without caveats or apologies we have set foot upon a road with only one destination.”
“If my offended feelings can justify a travel ban on Donald Trump, I have no moral grounds on which to argue that those offended by feminism, or the fight for transgender rights, or universal suffrage, should not oppress campaigners for those causes.”
She also expressed her fears of politicians like Trump coming to power. “I worry that we may be in danger of allowing their erosion through sheer complacency,” she added. “The tides of populism and nationalism currently sweeping many developed countries have been accompanied by demands that unwelcome and inconvenient voices be removed from public discourse.
“It seems that unless a commentator or a television channel or a newspaper reflects exactly the complainant’s world view it must be guilty of bias or corruption.”
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the first in a series of Harry Potter spin-off films written by Rowling, opens in cinemas in November.