JK Rowling accused of ‘cultural appropriation’

Rowling's Pottermore series has begun this week in the USA: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Rowling's Pottermore series has begun this week in the USA: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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JK Rowling has been accused of “cultural appropriation” in the first part of her new series of writings on the history of magic in North America.

Her history of the 14th to 17th century was released on Pottermore yesterday and quickly came under criticism for placing Native American customs among, and even attributing some legends such as skin walkers to, her wizarding world.

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Dr Adrienne Keene of the Cherokee Nation, a post-doctoral fellow in Native American studies at Brown University, said: “Native spirituality and religions are not fantasy on the same level as wizards. These beliefs are alive, practised, and protected.”

Rowling was yet to respond to the claims last night.

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