10 Times J.K. Rowling Was A Total Badass

Could everyone raise their glass of mead? We'd like to propose a toast to one J.K. Rowling, who turns 50 years old tomorrow. Yes, she shares a birthday with Harry Potter.

It's been eight years since the author gave us her final Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but she continues to wow us with her wit and will. She doesn't suffer fools. She champions important causes. She has a wicked sense of humor. She's a fan of underdogs and will bend over backwards for her fans. If you aren't already following her on Twitter, you simply must do so now. We'll wait.

In honor of the big 5-0, we're celebrating some of Rowling's most badass moments. Trust us, there are a lot, but we had to narrow it down somehow. Keep doing what you're doing, J.K. We'll keep reading, retweeting, and respecting.

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That time she stood up for Wimbledon champ Serena Williams, blasting a Twitter troll who had the gall to say that the "main reason for her success is that she is built like a man."

Rowling's response? To tweet a photo of Williams killing it in a tight red dress and writing, "Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot." Yessss.
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That time she sent an awesome, heartwarming letter to a fan who had been bullied in school.

"What you say about Harry helping you at what was clearly a dreadful time in your life means more to me than I can easily express," she wrote. "I freely confess that I loathe bullying and the way it is still so often 'handled' in schools. Your experience is shocking and disturbing and that you have turned out to be a compassionate, moral, highly motivated person is high testimony to your courage. Gryffindor for you, my lad... "
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That time she made everyone feel bad for making fun of Madonna. When Madge tripped and fell onstage at the Brit Awards earlier this year, Rowling dished out this reminder: "Are you the sort of person who gloats when they see a woman fall, or the kind that celebrates a magnificent recovery? #TeamMadonna."

Indeed.
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That time she put the Westboro Baptist Church in their place. In May, Rowling took to Twitter to express her joy at Ireland's vote for marriage equality. This included a retweet of a fan's suggestion that Dumbledore and Gandalf get together, which prompted her to remark that they could have a gay wedding in Ireland now.

The WBC, of course, can't stand for a gay wedding between two fictional characters, so they chirped in that they would picket the (fictional) wedding if it were to take place (which it won't). Rowling's response was priceless.

"Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls," she tweeted back.

All the high-fives.
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That time she gave Rupert Murdoch's anti-Muslim tweet the smackdown. Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, the conservative media mogul remarked that even peaceful Muslims must share the blame for such violence.

"I was born Christian," Rowling responded. "If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate."

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That time she sued The Daily Mail for libel. Rowling understandably has bad blood with Rupert Murdoch. His paper, The Daily Mail, printed a 2013 story alleging that the author had made false claims about her time as a single mother. Rowling fought back by suing for libel, forcing the paper to pay a settlement and issue an apology for its "completely false and indefensible" accusations.
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That time she consoled a teen who'd lost her family to violence. Last August, Cassidy Stay's parents and four siblings were killed in a shooting; the Houston teen was the sole survivor. Upon hearing that Stay had quoted Dumbledore in a speech at the family memorial, Rowling sent the girl a personal handwritten letter written from the Hogwarts headmaster's perspective.
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That time she gave the commencement speech at Harvard University, which blew everyone away. Rowling's 2008 speech remains an all-time favorite, and has even been transformed into a book.
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That time she announced Dumbledore was gay. In 2007, the author outed the beloved headmaster as gay in a speech at Carnegie Hall. Apparently his love for wizard Gellert Grindelwald was his "great tragedy."
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That time she left her reportedly abusive husband, raised her daughter as a single mother, battled depression, and decided to write a story about a boy wizard. Truly, the most badass move of her life.
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