When the ‘Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts’ special was announced on HBO Max, many fans wondered why saga creator JK Rowling wouldn’t be in production.
Many believed she was not invited due to controversies in which she posted transphobic comments on her social media.
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However, Entertainment Weekly reported that the writer herself declined the invitation to join the cast to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.
Rowling reportedly decided to take time off after advice from her public relations team, whose members determined that the author’s past interviews would be sufficient for the special.
For this reason, she will only appear through archive footage from an interview she gave in 2019.
Sources close to the author told the portal that his offensive comments about transgender people had no bearing on the team’s decision.
In any case, Rowling remains a controversial figure.
For those not in the know, she has said in the past that she is not transphobic and has expressed “trans lives are important” and “trans rights are human rights”, but still encouraged the ideology that trans women are not women and do not deserve. the same rights of women.
Subsequently, several LGBTQ organizations condemned his position and several actors who starred in “Harry Potter”, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne (“Fantastic Beasts”) supported the trans community.
The special has previously aired on HBO Max and features Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson along with director Chris Columbus and other cast members as they return to Hogwarts for the first time since “Harry Potter. and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 “.
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