A college has given a content material warning to college students studying JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter guide over ‘tough conversations about gender, race, sexuality, class, and id’.

The College of Chester’s English Division sounded the klaxon to freshers on its Approaches to Literature module, led by Dr Richard Leahy.

It even advised them they might elevate issues with him if they’d ‘any points’ with the subjects mentioned. 

Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone is among the course’s three set literary texts alongside Suzanne Collins’ The Starvation Video games and Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights.

The set off warning seen by MailOnline tells college students: ‘Though we’re learning a number of Younger Grownup texts on this Module, the character of the theories we apply to them can result in some tough conversations about gender, race, sexuality, class, and id.

‘These subjects will probably be handled objectively, critically, and most crucially, with respect. If anybody has any points with the content material, please get in contact with the Module Chief to make them conscious.’

It comes after JK Rowling’s views on transgender rights has seen her criticised from some quarters.

Numerous colleges have distanced themselves from her, even eradicating her as a home identify in some circumstances. 

The course looking at the book by JK Rowling is accompanied by a students' content warning

The course wanting on the guide by JK Rowling is accompanied by a college students’ content material warning 

The Harry Potter books led to a series of blockbuster films, starring Daniel Radcliffe

The Harry Potter books led to a collection of blockbuster movies, starring Daniel Radcliffe

The course lists three books among other texts that will be read and discussed by students

The course lists three books amongst different texts that will probably be learn and mentioned by college students

The warning at the bottom of the course description is not found on other modules for the year

The warning on the backside of the course description is just not discovered on different modules for the yr

College course chief Dr Leahy has posted on social media in regards to the Harry Potter writer beforehand.

In a tweet in March 2019 he wrote: ‘JK Rowling reveals that he’s not the most effective mate of mine’.

The warning on the backside of his module is just not featured on another studying lists seen by MailOnline, which embrace works by Shakespeare, Charlotte Brontë and Arthur Conan Doyle. 

MP Andrew Bridgen advised MailOnline: ‘Earlier than they have been profitable movies, collection corresponding to Harry Potter, the Starvation Video games and Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights had already succeeded in introducing thousands and thousands of youngsters to books and literature.

‘Youngsters perceive that in any profitable story characters must face challenges, simply as all of us, in our lives ,face them too. Youngsters perceive that tales with out tough themes don’t are usually superb tales or mirror actual life.

‘Youngsters and younger persons are amazingly resilient. It actually may be very unhappy that universities are searching for to rob them of that resilience with ridiculous set off warnings.

‘Katniss Everdeen might have lived in a dystopian world within the Starvation Video games, some might argue that our universities are creating one for our college students too.’

A spokesperson for the College of Chester, which was based in 1839, insisted: ‘These learning literature ought to anticipate to come across all the problems, challenges and complexity of humankind. As a College we promote slightly than keep away from dialogue on these.

The University of Chester did not respond to a request for a comment about the warning

The College of Chester didn’t reply to a request for a remark in regards to the warning

The English module leader Dr Richard Leahy has tweeted about JK Rowling previously

The English module chief Dr Richard Leahy has tweeted about JK Rowling beforehand

‘We do after all embrace a generic paragraph on our studying lists to attract consideration to the chance for particular person college students to speak with tutors if something is especially tough due to its private relevance.

‘Tutors know the best way to signpost college students to specialist assist which is sometimes wanted however typically the tutorial or seminar dialogue is adequate for a pupil to place a difficulty in context.

‘The instance paragraph you picked out is generic – slightly than particular to the three texts you point out.’

It didn’t reply additional when requested why this specific studying listing was distinctive in that includes the warning.

It is available in the identical month MailOnline revealed a secondary college specialising in performing arts had cancelled Ms Rowling as a home identify over her ‘feedback and viewpoints surrounding trans individuals’.

The Boswells Faculty in Chelmsford, Essex, had honoured the author for certainly one of its in-school teams, which had additionally been labelled with the standard of ‘self-discipline’.

However was changed over the summer season with Olympic hero Dame Kelly Holmes. 

Rowling has confronted accusations of transphobia after she mocked a web based article in June 2020 which used the phrases ‘individuals who menstruate’ as a substitute of ‘ladies’. 

The The Boswells School said students and staff asked for the Rowling name to be reviewed

The The Boswells Faculty stated college students and employees requested for the Rowling identify to be reviewed

The red house named after Rowling

Her name was suddenly erased last year

The evaluate of the identify was talked about in a college publication, the place the unique emblem (left) was continuously seen in earlier editions. On July 2 a brand new home protect was featured alongside the announcement of the evaluate (proper) which had erased Rowling’s identify and blocked over it with a big crimson field

In September the same newsletter series revealed the new house, named after Dame Kelly Holmes, the famous gold medal winning Olympian, in place of Rowling

In September the identical publication collection revealed the brand new home, named after Dame Kelly Holmes, the well-known gold medal profitable Olympian, instead of Rowling

She later defended herself in opposition to the claims in a passionate essay however has been criticised by some ever since. 

Final week she hit again at a declare on US web site that she believed there are solely two genders.

Rowling wrote: ‘Small however necessary level: I’ve by no means stated there are solely two genders. There are innumerable gender identities.

‘The query on the coronary heart of this debate is whether or not intercourse or gender id ought to type the premise of selections on safeguarding, provision of providers, sporting classes and different areas the place ladies and ladies at present have authorized rights and protections. 

‘Utilizing the phrases ‘intercourse’ and ‘gender’ interchangeably obscures the central challenge of this debate.

‘Should you’re fascinated with what I really stated, see this – (during which I actually say ‘trans lives matter’ and ‘trans rights are human rights.’).’

Previously few weeks debate erupted about whether or not or not Rowling would seem within the upcoming Harry Potter reunion on Sky.

It was revealed that, in clips of the New 12 months’s Day particular, stars had praised ‘the facility of her writing’ and that she would seem in archive footage. 

She can also be seen in a phase from 2019 discussing the uphill wrestle to seek out an actor to play Harry when casting the primary film, The Thinker’s Stone.

The eagerly-anticipated reunion sees Daniel be a part of fellow leads Emma Watson, who performed Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint, who performed Ron Weasley, in addition to a slew of fellow co-stars in marking 20 years because the franchise first aired.

Regardless of the star-studded prove, the writer behind the stratospherically profitable franchise was not in attendance on the reunion particular – sparking outrage from some followers who accused makers of making an attempt to erase her over her views.

MailOnline advised two months in the past how Holy Trinity Church of England Major Faculty in Richmond cancelled Winston Churchill and Rowling for not being numerous sufficient,

It beforehand had homes named after the Prime Minister and the Harry Potter writer – alongside Sir David Attenborough and Emmeline Pankhurst.

The varsity – which caters for younger youngsters aged three to 11 – claims pupils had requested for the home names to be extra numerous. 

It then changed Churchill and Rowling with England star Marcus Rashford and nurse Mary Seacole.