JK Rowling denies trans comments kept her from HBO Harry Potter reunion
JK Rowling denies trans comments kept her from HBO Harry Potter reunion

JK Rowling denies trans comments kept her from HBO Harry Potter reunion

JK Rowling insists the controversy stemming from her comments about trans women was not the reason she did not attend the recent HBO reunion of Harry Potter cast members.

The famous author was conspicuously absent from “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts,” the cast reunion that debuted on HBO Max this year.

Rowling told Irish TV host Graham Norton earlier this week that she had chosen not to attend.

She dismissed Norton’s suggestion that the author had been “excluded” from the meeting.

“I was asked to do it,” Rowling told Norton. The interview was reported by Insider.

“I decided I didn’t want to do it. I thought it was more about the movies than the books, and rightfully so. That’s what the anniversary was about.”

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Rowling, who became a billionaire after writing the best-selling seven-volume children’s book series that was later adapted into a hit film franchise, has been the subject of controversy on social media over her stance on by transgender women.

In 2020, Rowling wrote an essay defending her previous comments addressing the main issue of gender status and transgender people.

“When you open the bathroom and locker room doors to any man who believes or feels that he is a woman … then you open the door to any and all men who wish to enter,” Rowling wrote.

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In June 2020, she criticized a news article that referred to “menstruating people” instead of “women”.

In subsequent tweets, Rowling stood firm on her position.

“If sex isn’t real, there is no same-sex attraction,” she tweeted. “If sex is not real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of gender removes the ability for many to meaningfully discuss their lives.”

Rowling insists she chose not to appear in the HBO Max special.
Rowling insists she chose not to appear in the HBO Max special.
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Rowling added: “There is no hate in telling the truth.”

“The idea that women like me, who have been empathetic with trans people for decades, feeling a kinship because they are vulnerable in the same way as women—that is, to male violence—“hate” trans people because they think sex is real. and lived the consequences – it’s stupid.”

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Rowling has been labeled online as a “TERF” — which stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist” — or someone who advocates for women’s rights while excluding transgender women.

"Harry Potter" celebrities including Daniel Radcliffe criticized Rowling for her comments about transgender women.
“Harry Potter” stars, including Daniel Radcliffe, criticized Rowling for her comments about transgender women.
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The backlash over Rowling’s comments prompted “Harry Potter” stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne to criticize her.

Rowling told Norton that she remains in touch with some of the film’s cast members – “some more than others”.