In a move that will surprise very few, J.K. Rowling added her weight to the war of words between Meryl Streep and Donald Trump following Streep's acceptance speech at the Golden Globe awards this week.
Although stopping short of mentioning Trump by name, or even referring to the 'President Elect', there was no doubt about whom Streep was talking when she said:
"There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was -- there's nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.
It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter, someone he outranked in privilege and power and the capacity to fight back. It, it kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can't get it out my head because it wasn't in a movie. It was real life. And this instinct to humiliate when it's modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody's life because it kind of gives permission for other people to do the same thing.
Disrespect invites disrespect. Violence incites violence. When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose."
Streep's audience, both present at the award ceremony and viewers at home, immediately made the connection between her words and an incident where Trump had mocked a disabled reporter.
And in true Trump style, the future President was quick to respond - slapping down the multiple Academy Award winning Streep as 'one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood'.
A whole host of celebrities waded into the spat - many, like writer Aaron Gillies supported Streep, and Gillies went further, asking 'all famous people [to] constantly criticize Trump'...
Which is when Rowling added her magical reply 'When a pleasure becomes a duty'!
Well known for adding her weight to Twitter arguments, especially where she feels there is injustice or wrongdoing, Rowling was unperturbed by the warning from @TechnicallyRon that Trump might now call her 'underrated' - responding "Never forget that some people's good opinion would be more insulting than their abuse!"