JK Rowling has finally opened up about her absence Harry Potter Reunion Special. In an interview on Graham Norton’s Virgin Radio UK show, the controversial author revealed that it was her choice not to appear on the special. “I was asked to stay on it and I decided I didn’t want to do it,” Rowling said, shrugging off claims she was dropped from the reunion. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts premiered on New Year’s Day on HBO Max (in the US) and Amazon Prime Video (in India) and featured Rowling in a 30-second archive clip.
Award-winning author — who wrote seven bestsellers Harry Potter The books and Fantastic Beasts prequel films were largely absent from the reunion special. While her name has been mentioned in several interviews, no images of her have been found in any promotional material. Critics speculated that this was related to Rowling’s series of transphobic tweets and comments. Rowling said in an interview Harry Potter The reunion special had more to do with the movies than her books. She was asked to be a part of it, but she refused to do so.
“No one said no [do it]… I was asked to do it and I decided not to,” she added. Rowling has received a lot of backlash over the past few years, starting with an outpouring of support Maya Forstetter, a researcher who claimed that people cannot change their biological sex. This was followed up with a series of tweets criticizing the belief that a person’s sex assigned at birth is not “real”. Understandably, Rowling’s comments were flooded with people pointing out the error of her judgment and many boycotted. Harry Potter suffrage
Online campaigns were launched calling for Rowling to be excluded from all future productions Harry Potter Properties including movies, book sales and the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy video game. Last month, a Warner Bros. A representative confirmed that Rowling’s connection to the franchise was a “creative, productive and perfect partnership”. “She is one of the world’s most accomplished storytellers, and we are proud to be the studio that brings her vision, characters and stories to life now — and for decades to come,” he told Daily Mail UK.
Although Rowling was credited with the screenplay and produced Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore under Eddie Redmayne, she was not part of any promotional or marketing activities. Many assumed that Warner Bros. was trying to distance herself from her, but her most recent comments suggest otherwise.
Many of the Harry Potter Actors including Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have openly opposed Rowling’s anti-transgender views and made public statements against them. If Radcliffe wrote Essay Disapproving of the author’s beliefs, Watson Took to TwitterExpressing, “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or who they say they are not.”
So far, the famous British author has not retracted or apologized for her statements denying that she is transphobic. Meanwhile, Warner has speculated on the possibility of a Fantastic Beasts 4 depending on the reception of The Secrets of Dumbledore. The Harry Potter The spin-off film grossed $405.2 million (approx. Rs. 3,244 crore) at the global box office, receiving mixed reviews from fans and critics.