JK Rowling, who created the Harry Potter character, the universe he inhabits, and whose imagination spawned a publishing and entertainment empire, will be left out of the franchise's 20th anniversary reunion and special. The actors who made their names, and their careers, off of Rowling's creativity will be included, however.
Rowling's exclusion is likely entirely because she believes that biological sex is an immutable reality and that women are something more than a feeling. She has stated this publicly, in support of women who lost their employment for also believing the science instead of fiction.
The reunion will be in the form of a tv special, 20 years after the release of the first film in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, according to Warner Bros. Warner Bros touted the reunion in a statement, saying that "legendary cast members from all eight films" will be part of the special, which will air on HBO Max.
Those cast members include: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who comprised the iconic trio Harry, Hermione, and Ron. Additional cast members who will appear while their characters' creator has been shunned include 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 filmmaker Chris Columbus, among others.
As regards the notable absence from a reunion about the series she created, neither Rowling nor her representatives have given comments, and they stated that they would not be commenting. Warner Bros also declined to comment to the Washington Post when asked.
After Rowling was publicly pilloried on social media for stating that she would not "bow down" to trans activists that sought "to erode 'woman' as a political and biological class," those whose careers she literally made threw her under the proverbial bus.
Radcliffe and Watson both turned their backs on the famed, female children's book author. This came after Rowling followed up her public statements with an essay about trauma she had experienced as a woman. This trauma made it clear to Rowling why women need single-sex spaces.
Watson tweeted out her support of trans activists in opposition to Rowling, saying "Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are."
Radcliffe shared his opinion via the Trevor Project, saying "Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I."
Articles fell like rain as to just how Rowling's revelations of her personal experience were "hurtful" to trans people. Rowling replied publicly that "Endlessly unpleasant as its constant targeting of me has been, I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode 'woman' as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it."
When Rowling came out in support of women, many were thrilled for her support. This tweet of Rowling's has been retweeted over 41 thousand times.
Rowling's support for gender critical women publicly came with her support for Maya Forstater, a woman who was released from her contract as a tax researcher at the London Centre for Global Development when a coworker complained about her out-of-office activities on social media. Forstater stated her belief that yes, biological science is real, and men cannot become women.
Forstater brought suit against the termination, but lost the case. Rowling tweeted out her support for Forstater, using the #IStandWithMaya hashtag that blew up on Twitter. For this, Rowling was trounced by Mark Hamill, Jameela Jamil, and other woke stars who found that they couldn't tolerate Rowling's statements of facts.
Standing up for Rowling has been damaging for other authors, as well. Scottish author Gillian Philip was fired by her employer for standing up for JK Rowling on Twitter. Philip tweeted with the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling.
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