Probe launched as JK Rowling 'threatened with hammer' by Twitter troll

The Harry Potter author claimed a man who threatened her life had been identified.

Police Scotland investigation after JK Rowling ‘threatened with hammer’ by Twitter troll Getty Images

A probe has been launched after JK Rowling was threatened on Twitter by a man who “wanted to kill her with a hammer”.

The Harry Potter author took to social media where she revealed an individual had published a voice note threatening her life in Gaelic.

She claimed the man behind the tweet had been identified.

She wrote: “The charmer who’s been publicly advocating for a car to be driven into Posie Parker’s rally, who’s posted recordings of himself saying he wants to kill Rosie Duffield with a gun and me with a hammer, appears to have been identified.

“Social media’s fun til it isn’t, eh, brave boy?”

Rowling has attracted criticism for her controversial views on transgender rights, revealing in the past that she has received “so many death threats I could paper the house with them”.

Police Scotland confirmed that it was investigating the incident.

A spokesperson said: “We can confirm that we have received a report of online threats being made.

“Officers are carrying out enquiries.”