JK Rowling will not make any new appearances in the special after controversial statements about biological sex.
Certain Harry Potter fans are on social media after the reunion announcement of the film franchise, a celebration of the 20th. The special will air on HBO Max and a press release confirmed the return of the original cast – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint . The three have not appeared in public together since the release of the franchise’s last movie, which was released in July 2011. It’s been a decade and the emotions of the fans have been high after the announcement. However, the publication did not mention the name of the person who started it all.
Author JK Rowling, who wrote the books before they were turned into films, will not be part of the reunion. There’s no official word on why she was disfellowshipped, but it wouldn’t be surprising if it had something to do with the comments she made while defending biological sex. The author has continued to cause controversy with her comments on transgender people, most of whom appear hostile. She has also been criticized for her opinions by fans and industry officials over the years.
JK Rowling won’t have any new appearances in the 20th anniversary project
Rowling was removed from the project with knowledge of it, according to sources. They told TMZ that the Reunion movie will focus on creating the first movie, which came out two decades ago, as well as the central cast and crew. They said Rowling was not on the list and even if she was on the project it would be through archive footage. She won’t have any new appearances for the 20th anniversary film, sources confirmed.
Rowling has openly criticized the use of gender-neutral terms on her Twitter page. In June 2020 she dealt with the term “people who menstruate” used in an opinion article. She shared the article, entitled, “I’m sure there used to be a word for these people. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” She followed this tweet on a thread talking about how she sees biological sex. “When sex isn’t real, there is no same-sex attraction,” she claimed. “If sex is not real, the lived reality of women around the world will wipe out the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives,” she tweeted.
She caused controversy through her tweets and things came to a head in September last year after it was revealed that the villain in her new book, Troubled Blood, was a male serial killer dressed up as a woman to kill his victims. She faced renewed calls from transphobia and people on Twitter started trending #RIPJKRowling. The stars of the Harry Potter film also criticized her for her statements.
In an interview with Esquire, Rupert Grint said, “I am very grateful [for] everything she did. I think she’s extremely talented, and I mean, her work is clearly awesome. But yes, I think you can have a lot of respect for someone and still disagree with such things … Sometimes silence is even louder. I felt like I had to because I think it was important too. I mean, I don’t want to talk about any of that … In general, I’m not an expert in this area. Just out of friendliness and simply out of respect for people. I think it’s a valuable group that I have to stand up for. “
Watson went on her own Twitter page and wrote, “Trans people are what they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told that they are not what they say they are to be. I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you, and love you for who you are. I donate to @Mermaids_Gender and @mamacash [two related charities]. If you can, you may be inclined to do the same, “she said, adding,” Happy # PRIDE2020. Send love x. “