J.K. Rowling’s fifth installment in the “Cormoran Strikes” detective series, “Troubled Blood” is all set to be released on Sept. 15. But as the book is about a male serial killer who dresses up as a woman before going on his violent killing sprees, Twitterati took it upon themselves to criticize the "Harry Potter” author on her transphobic views.

The novel, “Troubled Blood,” written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith by Rowling, is already attracting the ire of the public as even early reviews are calling out the theme of the book. In its review, the Telegraph pondered whether “critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues” will be okay with her book that simply puts across the notion that “never trust a man in a dress.” The second novel in the series, “The Silkworm” has had a similar plot where a trans character was depicted as being very aggressive and unstable.

As JK Rowling has a history of courting controversy with her transphobic comments and opinions, #RIPJKRowling went viral on Twitter as many commented on the book and how the author’s presence sours their experience of reading her celebrated “Harry Potter” fiction series.

“In memory of jk rowling. she ain’t dead, but she killed her own career by proudly hating trans people & no one would really miss her that much anyway,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Hopelessly praying that it will soon be revealed that Rowling did not write Harry Potter and in fact Gilderoy Lockharted the work of another writer who is actually a good person so I can enjoy my fav books again,” wrote another.

In June 2020, she mocked the headline of an opinion article about creating equality for “people who menstruate” for using gender-inclusive language.

“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Rowling tweeted, purposefully making fun of the fact that there are transgender men who menstruate along with cisgender women who do not.

Critics have often referred to Rowling as a “TERF,” or a trans-exclusionary radical feminist for her less than welcome views on transgenders.

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Author J.K. Rowling poses for a portrait while publicizing her adult fiction book "The Casual Vacancy" at Lincoln Center in New York October 16, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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