London: JK Rowling has spoken out about the vitriolic online abuse she has been subjected to following the general election, allegedly from Scottish National party supporters.

The Harry Potter author was subjected to a stream of vicious comments on Twitter, which she said were from people who apparently supported the SNP.

Rowling said she believed in “standing up to bullies” and said that she spoke out after the attacks had crossed her “personal line”.

Several Twitter users have been blocked by the site after abusing Rowling, who has donated money to the Labour party and gave £1m to the No campaign against independence for Scotland.

The writer was called a “traitor to Scotland”, “Blairite scum” and “an arch-unionist propagandist, feeding a river of hatred”.

In a series of responses to one user on Saturday, she said: “I have ignored and blocked abuse from people with an SNP twibbon [a ribbon on a Twitter avatar] for months on Twitter, very much taking the view that the abusive ones are not typical.

“This week, though, my personal line has been crossed with being called traitor and shite the least of the abuse.

“I feel no responsibility to hush up that kind of behaviour to protect the image of any political party.

“It isn’t always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies.”

Earlier, she said: “I’ve favourited and responded to other really nice SNP supporters this week, too.

“I’ve talked on Twitter about the Yessers and how much I had in common politically with many of them.”

In the final days of the general election campaign, Rowling had written to her 4 million followers on the social media network about the abuse.

Referring to her famous Harry Potter creations the Death Eaters, she said that one of her attackers had referred to her “racial purity” which she said was “a little Death-Eatery for my tastes”.

Dozens of people offered their support to the author. Steven O’Donnell, calling himself @Stevo_Land, said: “I may disagree with you politically but anyone that feels the need to send abusive messages needs to read all Harry Potter books.”

Gillian Bryant, tweeting as @gillypance, told her: “Please don’t go anywhere. You are much too valuable here.”

After being told by some abusers that she should leave Scotland, Rowling received scores of offers from fans around the world to live with them. She retweeted a succession of pictures from Canada, Spain, Peru, Italy, and Maui, joking: “I’ve got to be honest, if I’m leaving Scotland, the climate is something I probably wouldn’t want to replicate first!”

She told them: “It’s making me tearful. I’m always like this. Bullying never makes me cry, then people are lovely and I bawl.”

Courtesy The Guardian