J.K. Rowling appears in Harry Potter reunion despite rumors of absence — Analysis

The author makes a brief cameo in the ‘Return to Hogwarts’ special despite row over trans comments

J.K. Rowling was not ‘canceled’ by the producers of a Harry Potter reunion special and makes an appearance in the form of archive footage rather than attending the get-together in person.

Rowling’s controversial remarks on gender and trans issues had reportedly prompted the creators of the ‘Return to Hogwarts’ special to “Snub” the writer from the programme airing for the 20th anniversary of the ‘Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone’ film.

Although the writer is present in the special, her appearance comes in 2019 in the form a clip where she describes how difficult it was finding Harry’s actor.

Rather than being snubbed by the cast and producers, it was Rowling’s decision not to take part in the special in person, the Mirror reported, citing sources.

In the special, which began streaming on HBO Max on New Year’s Day, the actors share memories about the release of the beloved Harry Potter books and the making of the movies — and heap praise on Rowling herself.

Radcliffe recalls that before the books took off, people were talking about “Death of reading.” His colleague Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, adds that “One reason is” he admires the author is because millions of people “There are few people who wouldn’t have picked up a book at one time in their lifetime.” now read books – something that, in his words, demonstrates “Writing is a powerful tool.”

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Rowling, who has spoken out against certain elements of trans activism as well as gender-neutral language in the past few years, has been a source of controversy. This led several Harry Potter actors and actresses to distance themselves from Rowling.

Radcliffe even penned a statement declaring that “Transgender women can be women” and that any opposite statement “It erases identity and dignity” of trans people.

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