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In case you missed it, HBO is planning a Harry Potter reunion special bringing back a lot of the cast and people who worked behind the scenes to make the films the success they were. Of course you have Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint all coming back to reminisce about their time with the movies, but HBO also revealed a long list of others they’ve got for the 20th anniversary. And JK Rowling’s name wasn’t on it.
The Hollywood Reporter has since confirmed that JK Rowling will not be involved in the Harry Potter reunion. Though she is of course responsible for writing the material that inspired the movies, she will be absent from the celebrations. It’s not clear why this is but there is already speculation that it’s due to her controversial comments on transphobia.
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The author has recently been accused of transophia as she came to the defence of a woman let go from a position after making transphobic comments. Rowling is also known online for regularly interacting with people that call themselves “gender critical”. Not only have her views been upsetting to the trans community, but it’s also caused conversations about whether people should continue supporting and enjoying Harry Potter if they believe she’s a transphobe.
In this case, it’s probably that HBO knows her controversial situation and prefers to keep her away from the project so it’s free from that discussion - or as far as it can be. Rowling will appear in footage from years previously but will not be actively part of the celebrations. You can however expect to see Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, Ian Hart and Christopher Columbus.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will come to HBO Max on January 1, 2022.
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