MP apologises for accusing JK Rowling of ‘supporting misogynist trolls’

Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry also accused 'Harry Potter' author of 'bullying' her

A Scottish MP has been forced to apologise after accusing Harry Potter author JK Rowling of supporting and defending “abusive, misogynist trolls”.

Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry, formerly of the SNP and now an Independent, claimed that Rowling had sent supportive tweets to a Twitter user by the name of Brian Spanner, who McGarry described as a “misogynist and abusive Twitter troll”.

Rowling took objection to the claims, responding by tweeting: “I’d love an explanation of this accusation, Natalie… You aren’t some random hater, Natalie. You’re an elected politician and you’ve accused me of supporting abuse and misogyny.”

It has been alleged that Rowling had thanked Spanner for raising money for her children’s charity Lumos. Spanner is thought to be an anti-Scottish nationalist.

McGarry initially accused Rowling of “bullying her” before retracting her statements. She wrote: “Dear @jk_rowling. On reflection, I do apologise for any misguided inference that you support misogyny or abuse instead of the folk you tweet”. She has since made her Twitter account private.

JK Rowling recently revealed what she said to late actor Alan Rickman as he took on the role of Snape, following Rickman’s passing earlier this month.

Answering a fan question on Twitter, Rowling simply said she emphasised the idea of ‘always’ to the actor, before the Potter novels had concluded.

In interviews around the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II, Rickman told journalists that Rowling had told him “one tiny, little, left of field piece of information that helped me think that he [Snape] was more complicated, and that the story was not going to be as straight down the line as everybody thought.”

“If you remember when I did the first film, she’d only written three or four books, so nobody knew where it was really going except her. And its was important for her that I know something, but she only gave me a tiny piece of information which helped me think it was a more ambiguous route.”