J.K. Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" series, has come under fire for a controversial tweet in which she criticized police in Scotland for a decision they had made.

Rowling wrote her tweet on Sunday in response to an article from the Times about police receiving criticism for classifying rape offenders as women if they claim they to identify as such.

"War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is A Woman," Rowling wrote in her tweet.


"Imagine inventing as reprehensible a character as Prof. Umbridge and then deciding to be her forever," John Burns, general counsel for the Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association, said in response.

"Trans women are not collateral damage that you can throw under the bus because you've decided without evidence that they represent a significant threat to women," said Tom Coates, a product strategy and development consultant.

A breaking news reporter with Raw Story, Matthew Chapman tweeted, "In the real world, this fictional problem doesn't happen," pointing out that "1 in 2 trans women are victims of sexual assault at some point in their lives."

"I wonder whether Rowling has ever given any thought as to what to do about this actual, real problem," Chapman wrote.

Others on Twitter were a bit more lengthy in slamming Rowling for her controversial tweet. Seth Abramson, a lawyer and journalist, said that this new policy adopted by Scottish police "ensures proper recordkeeping."

"Sorry, J.K., but if a self-described trans (alleged) rapist is indeed a trans person, there's no harm or foul here," Abramson wrote at the beginning of his thread on the subject. "The policy just ensures proper recordkeeping. And if the suspect *falsely* claims to be trans, that will be used against them at their rape trial. No issue here."


Rowling's tweet came right before the release of the new trailer for Fantastic Beasts, set to appear in theaters on Apr. 15.

The cast of the cherished "Harry Potter" films was revealed on Nov. 16 to be coming together for a reunion as part of a 20th anniversary special on HBO MAX titled Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.

Notable cast members such as Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Robbie Coltrane, Helena Bonham Carter, Bonnie Wright, and Gary Oldman were reported to be among those reuniting for the special. Rowling, who continues to receive backlash over a tweet in June criticizing the term "people who menstruate," was not included on the list of people set to participate in the special.