Trans Woman Legally Changes 'Harry Potter' Birth Name

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday October 1, 2020

Ellen Potter
Ellen Potter  (Source:Ellen Potter / Twitter)

Trans woman Ellen Potter just legally changed her name from the one given to her at birth: Harry. Newsweek reports that 24-year old Brit's birth name was given to her before the famous literary character by controversial author J.K. Rowling overtook the world. Potter tweeted:

The tweet has so far received nearly 100k likes, and several hundred comments in support:

Some of which took aim at Rowling, as the author had issued a number of transphobic comments over the last year:

In a response to one tweet, Potter explains that she chose her new name based on "my favourite movie character from my favourite movie, Ellen Ripley from Alien, 1979."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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