Author J.K. Rowling lights the Empire State Building to mark the launch of her non-profit children's organization Lumos, in New York City on April, 9, 2015.
Author J.K. Rowling lights the Empire State Building to mark the launch of her non-profit children's organization Lumos, in New York City on April, 9, 2015. Evan Agostini—Invision/AP

J.K. Rowling Had An Incredible Twitter Fight With the Westboro Baptist Church

May 28, 2015

It didn't take long for the Westboro Baptist Church to taunt J.K. Rowling on Twitter for her awesome response to Ireland legalizing same sex marriage. But the Harry Potter author fired back in kind.

After Ireland legalized same sex marriage by popular vote, Rowling tweeted a meme suggesting that if Dumbledore, beloved Hogwarts headmaster, and Gandalf, Lord of the Rings wizard, were gay together, they could now get married in that country.

The extremist Westboro Baptist Church tweeted at the author, saying they would picket the fictional wedding. That's when Rowling shot them down:

Rowling was criticized by some fans for drawing more attention to the group by publicly engaging with them. But she had a response for them as well:

Harry Potter Illustrated Edition Illustrations

Harry PotterJim Kay—Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
Harry Potter Illustration Jim Kay Dragon Alley
Illustrations Harry Potter Hagrid
Illustrations Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Jim Kay—Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.
1 of 11
All products and services featured are based solely on editorial selection. TIME may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website.