‘Harry Potter’ author Rowling apologizes over Trump tweets

FILE PHOTO - British writer JK Rowling poses during the launch of new online website Pottermore in Londo
FILE PHOTO - British writer JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books, poses during the launch of new online website Pottermore in London, England on June 23, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/File Photo

August 1, 2017

LONDON (Reuters) – “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has apologized to the family of a wheelchair-bound boy for tweets in which she accused U.S. President Donald Trump of ignoring his proffered hand at a media event.

Rowling branded Trump a “monster of narcissism” after footage of a July 24 news conference on healthcare showed the president seemingly ignoring the three-year-old’ s hand, but shaking other people’s as he left the event.

Footage of Trump’s entrance to the event, however, showed the president stop to greet the boy and have a brief exchange before he began speaking.

Saying she had discovered that what she had seen was not an accurate representation of the encounter, Rowling tweeted: “I very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw”.

The author’s apology was directed at the boy and his family, and made no mention of Trump.

Rowling, who has over 11 million Twitter followers, is frequently critical of Trump and his administration on her social media feed.

In the three days that elapsed between her original tweets on July 28 and her apology, Rowling had been the subject of online criticism, much of it from Trump supporters, for her comments on the incident.

(Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London; Editing by Catherine Evans)

  • Todd Marshall White

    Ms. Rowling should apologize to Pres.Trump, it was him that she prejudiced not the the young boy or the young boys family!

  • Charles Slavis

    At sevenrty…..Harry Potter made me a kid again…….I read Tarzan in a tree……and enjoyed Tom Swift………and picked up the Potter series just to see what all the fuss was about……the Movies were exactly as I imagined……….Thanks for sharing Harry with all of us…..

  • Charles Slavis

    Jk.Brexit happened….Trump won……and you still write wonderful fantasy……

  • Linda Rader

    She should apologize to the President of the USA for her stupid comments about him. Just because she can write books doesn’t make her any expert on anything else. I cannot stand people like her. Oh, wait, I believe I read where she is writing 2 new novels. Suddenly she is afraid to tick off her future customers…

  • Melvin Bonzarelli

    Ms Rowling is an evil witch who shoplifts baby food, sells drugs out of her car to children, dismembers baby kittens and worships Satan. I’m sorry, my mistake. I’m wrong, I apologize.

  • Quaduc San Nicholas

    She is just another brain washed Liberal, living in a fantasy like the books she writes. Liberals do have a overly active imagination and don’t make very good grown up or contributors to non-utopia type society.

  • Britt Meranto

    some say your a great fiction writer……hope you haven’t done that so much you can’t tell the fiction from the truth….

  • soupy264

    She is only sorry she was caught.

  • strawberryplains

    She lives in Scotland. Stay out of our business.

  • Apologize to President Trump, Minion.

    You believed it because you watch it…fake news!

  • Sucked in by faux news.

  • Ken

    We have more sources of information today than ever in history, yet ignorance abounds! When there were fewer sources, they were mostly honest, now competition, laziness, and declining morality is leading to about as much disinformation as actual information. Rowling being a product of this reality and the ease with which she was able to distribute her books, allowed her to be lazy and spread disinformation based on her recognized name…

  • andrew moore

    Libtardious Evaporatto!

  • Lee Braaten

    She appologized to the parents… but not the man she slandered.

  • Sh Venus

    dems are so quick to say

  • Aubrea Carriger

    She should stick to writing more Harry Potter copy cat books and stay out of politics. She clearly doesn’t have the acumen to realize that EVERYTHING shown by the media is false and designed to show Trump in a bad light.

  • ganderdavis

    She wanted to bash the President again so she spewed her hate and it backfired. Stop with the lame excuse about you caring about the handicapped and just admit your a hater.

  • “I’m a Rooster!”

    We must all stand and give this misguided author a chance to redeem herself no matter the lengths of her inability to recognize her stupidity.

  • Hans Pfall

    TRANSLATION: Oops, I said something that might hurt sales and my publisher is about to hit me financially with some long-forgotten clause in my contract! Better issue a non-apology apology that still makes it all about me and how concerned I am about disabled people so I can go on peddling books that promote the occult and homosexuality to children!

  • David Mason

    Cuck you funt!

  • Javin007

    Goes on 8 tweet rant, trashing the President of a country that’s not hers… Gets called on it… Days later, finally apologizes to “not the person she insulted”.

    Stay classy, JK.

  • BillVA

    “I very clearly projected my own sensitivities around the issue of
    disabled people being overlooked or ignored onto the images I saw.”

    No, you projected your anti-Trump feelings…you issued him no apology. And you overstepped your bounds…you are not a citizen of this country.

  • R A Reed

    No she didn’t! She got caught in a lie. She is your typical two faced (pun intended) liberal hypocrite.

  • Tatiana Konde-Chalnick

    Wow another victim of fake news although she will never call it that. She only wanted to see the ugly and not what it actually was. Just because you have loads of money does not make you a political scholar. You are biased and one sided unlike your stories, better stick to the fantasy.

  • Perro Viejo

    If you want to criticize a nation’s leader…..try your own. You’re a writer, not a genius, not a political guru and you’re not special….at all “mate”…..

  • Bookwormbill

    She speaks as if her background is in politics, law, government, and American History, however she has none of these things in her background. In fact, she never was much interested in school.

    “Martin Sorrell, a French professor at Exeter, remembers “a quietly competent student, with a denim jacket and dark hair, who, in academic terms, gave the appearance of doing what was necessary”.[18] Rowling recalls doing little work, preferring to listen to The Smiths and read Dickens and Tolkien”

    I guess being a rich celebrity suffering from clinical depression gives you insight into all of these areas, making her an expert, right”

  • Sonny Shaw

    I was surprised by Rowling’s reaction and then finding out it was for not, is even more disturbing.

  • stilliamsane

    As the mother of a handicapped person, I know they will try to say hello, give a hug, want attention 20x’s before they move on. From what I have read (did not see the video) and having read Trump greeted this child earlier, I imagine someone purposely put up a limited video to make Trump look bad. What else is new, with this horrible liberal media out there? It will make headlines when the MSM actually print a true fact.

    JK Rowling should have done research before her rude remarks. Jerk (I’m being kind).

  • jrcc77

    Additionally, JK Rowling, as you are not a US citizen, your opinion of our President could not mean any less. Be a citizen of the world in your own mind.

  • jrcc77

    Too bad. Talented author has now publicly diminished herself to more entertainment trash. No apology to Trump is as classless as everything she said in her tweets. Huh, I guess the narcissist was JK Rowling.

  • Marinesgt77

    Not much of an apology.

  • AllAmericanTDS

    Too late

  • charlie

    Maybe she should pull her head out of her butt before starting to talk.

  • Dave Tibor

    The “magic” of Leftist media can made even a dimwitted hatemonger think she’s seen things that never happened.

  • Trader X

    You know, I’d pay to watch a movie where Capt Kirk gives the order to incinerate Harry Potter on his broomstick using full phaser banks and antimatter tipped photon torpedoes! Maybe a bit overkill, but the little twerp deserves it.

  • scrumsey

    A 3rd rate author who even copies the use of initials in her name like a REAL Fantasy author (J.R.R. Tolkien).

  • Anyone’s Guess

    Gotta stay relevant somehow…she seems to have jumped the writer’s shark. Her most recent book completely sucks and probably hasn’t sold many, so she has to get her name out in the press.

  • SlowpokeSA

    Too little and way too late

  • Her apology is not accepted. Boycott her. She attacked our president with a blatant lie and did not apologize to him.

  • famouswolf

    Hey, Rowling, your writing is trash anyway… the attraction to the movies was always the young cast, the score, and the cinematography…NONE of which you were responsible for. Your opinions are as crappy as your writing. Stuff your apology, DJT doesn’t need it (or you), the boy doesn’t need it (or you) and none of the rest of us need it (or you or anything you write or do in the future).

    • AllAmericanTDS

      MAGA

      • famouswolf

        Damn right.

  • Roy Beane

    Another hack who thinks she’s an “expert” on politics.

    (“ex” = a has been; and a “spert” = a drip under pressure)

  • Zipp

    Keep your mouth shut and write your fantasy books, no one gives a flying F what you think! Besides, she doesn’t even live here! SHUT UP!!!!

    • R A.

      The REAL problem is that the media is REPORTING THIS!!!
      But yes she needs to lick my skidmark!

  • Lexington & Concord

    Fake books. Fake sanctimony.

  • Jed55

    She publicly apologize to President Trump for her unfounded, totally biased lying tweets. No one wants to hear your stupid thoughts, you’re an author, keep your opinions to yourself. I hope not one more Trump supporter ever buys another one of your books or watches another one of your movies.

  • Rally N

    Another fake news idiot. It is amazing how so many so called “educated” people are some of the dumbest people around. Its like they have constructed their own bubble world and can’t escape.

    • FreedomFighter

      Now you know that educated doesn’t equal intellegent.

  • Deplorable Jackphatz

    You have to realize, the English only know Socialism so naturally they are going to attack anyone who would seek another style of governing. Also I believe she just hates men in general.

    • munchenfez

      Not all the English. Only the brain dead entitled scum who think they are better than the rest of us…

      • Hans Pfall

        Most of ’em now, sadly. “Hey JK, next time your poxy little island is about to be over-run, be it Vikings, the Hun or towel-heads, we won’t even consider lend-lease. Have a nice day.”

        • munchenfez

          Cannot disagree with you. Just be sure you guys make sure that you get your country cleaned up. The progressive left and submission have to be beaten out and that soon. For us here any hope is to be found in Eastern Europe.

          • Hans Pfall

            Sadly you are correct on both counts!

  • FreedomStorm

    Too late, dear Marxist-socialist cupcake.

  • Michaela Galka

    I respected Rowling for her HP works not for her political views. I do not believe authors who live in other countries other than the US should be critical of the US president.

    • Hans Pfall

      You like fantasy? Try reading Tolkien or Mervin Peake or Ray Bradbury. You’ll find out that Rowling can barely put a sentence together.

  • James Kaliski

    Your accusation was against President Trump not the boy’s family. Apologize to President Trump on the same medium you accused him on, otherwise you’re just blowing smoke.

  • Mikkeys

    She’s just now realizing the media is biased to promote the leftist agenda – duh!

  • Zipp

    Tolerant liberal…

  • Bizeediva

    Gee, aren’t we a “sensitive” bunch…

  • semper liber

    Liberals fall prey to most any visual image without first asking if it has been altered or edited. The fawning media tends to edit conservative content and promote liberal piffle. An example is the daily crap from the L.A. news outlets who spew global warming claims from the enviro-pagan crowd and never provide a counter point response from a group who would expose the lies. Literally every day another claim of ‘rising sea levels’ and then I go to the beach, since 1963, and take a look. Still the same, no change. Am I to believe algore or my lying eyes?

  • forceofone1

    Another Lib jumping the gun. Stick to writing.

    • semper liber

      She lives in a fictional world, has made a fortune and now believes she’s smarter than anyone in the real world.

      • andrew moore

        If she is that smart why was she homeless and living in a car before she wrote her book?

  • Kody M.

    You guys are confuzed I think – Trump is a character in her new book and this is clearly a publicity stunt.

  • andrew moore

    Can’t Harry Potter make this libtard snowflake disappear?

  • andrew moore

    So a libtard snowflake fiction writer writes a fictional story about a president Trump encounter with a disabled boy, tries to pass it off to the masses as non fiction, and later recants after the damage has been done and tries to apologize when her fictional non fiction writing is proven to actually be fiction so as not to hurt her fictional writing career… …..Hmmmmm who would have thunk it….This is why I am a libtardodium.

  • Sui-Juris

    For the left, emotional angst is everything. I can’t imagine the psychological crisis that drove Rawlings to apologize. It must have been overwhelming as she just couldn’t manage to name Trump to whom she owed the apology. 🙂

  • TAPIT DRIvER

    Just like the left to distort actual facts to fit their agenda. Well she is used to writing fiction, after all.

  • Ken Fbcllc

    Great fiction author. Sadly, as so many others, she has formed her opinion of President Trump
    from liberal manipulations (and libelous) #FakeNews. Her attempt at non-fiction is that of rumors, lies and hatred.

    • Della Lynam

      Liberals react based on emotions I have noticed, without being fact based. That’s why the liberals are so hate filled after listening to the msm. They are controlled by their emotions. If you notice…when they Trump bash, it is almost always about a tweet or political correctness, never about policies or anything concretely fact based. They are just a ball of emotions spewing hate and are easily led.

      • Della Lynam

        And sometimes they just Trump bash with no other complaint except to call him names. Name calling is what you do when you have no facts.

        • Suppose that had happened with Obama there??? BOOM!!!

      • TBird

        Excellent observation!

      • Joe Yeti

        GREAT POST!

    • Christian Fulcher

      Same with Stephen King, an unbelievably talented author. Though he profits from middle America, he has forgotten their plight. Easy to chastise Trump (who I agree is a narcissist), when he was the only one speaking the common man’s message. Clinton? How was this a better option, unless you can easily make ends meet at the end of the month. Come on, Steve. You’re better than this…

      • Bookwormbill

        Funny you should mention Stephen King. I always thought she copied King’s fascination with children and how magic can make their world dark. Of course, having read a LOT of SciFi and Fantasy, I couldn’t finish her first book. It was absolute rubbish. It was dumbed down fantasy for people who never ready the genre.

        • Linda Rader

          Agreed. I never read any of her books but saw the first movie which was okay. But I just couldn’t do the sequels…total snore fest for me

    • BillVA

      I have read that she stole those stories.

  • Politically Incorrect

    Apology not accepted

    • Edward Corey

      Accepted…

      • Politically Incorrect

        Thanks. Haven’t had my coffee yet

    • R A.

      NOT
      What a leftist HAG

    • Javin007

      Apology? Sorry, I must have missed it. Did she apologize to the person she’d attacked?

      • Hans Pfall

        No.

  • Leo60

    Too Late CU*T! Stayt out of America Please, Or we might cast a spell on you.

    • R A.

      * = N
      (equation solved!)

  • RURC

    Typical stupid liberal. Make a snap decision only knowing less than 1/4 the story.
    Also shut the hell up period. You are not even American.

    • Christian Fulcher

      Agreed.

    • Hans Pfall

      No, she knew the whole story. It was just another opportunity to shank Trump. This time there was some blow-back, so she had to say “Well, it’s because I’m so concerned with the disabled and…” Notice there was no actual apology to Trump, which is no surprise. She knows her progressive fan-base would literally kill her (no metaphor here) if she did.

    • George Caserta

      She is ready for CNN

  • All American

    Truth vs. Fantasy

  • bucketnutz

    Keep your political opinions to yourself,, you are Just an Author, not a Political Genius

    • ookie oh

      If you notice, all libs believe they a geniuses.

      • Cesar Figueroa

        they actually are in the realm of sending people to HELL,
        they succeed in destruction and Depravity.

    • HarryObrian

      Funny how money convinces even the daftest twaut that their opinion matters. Sorry is a word that has been overused into extinction, it means nothing anymore.

    • R A.

      She’s not an author, she’s a libtardian PIG

    • John L.

      Ain’t that the TRUTH !!!

    • Bookwormbill

      She was a so-so student in the humanities. She has absolutely no background in these matters and I doubt she could tell you the smallest thing about our Constitution.

      • David Mason

        The smallest thing:
        It ends with a period.

    • Bagman182

      Who writes kids books!