A Harry Potter campaign has been launched by The New York Times, but it does not include JK Rowling. One of the biggest franchises around the world, the Wizarding World, began with Rowling publishing the first book, The Sorcerer’s Stone, in 1997. The books were turned into films starring Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role.
Emma Watson reprized the role of Hermoine Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. Recently, the cast and crew celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first film’s release with a reunion special. Fans, as excited as the cast, gathered to reminisce about the good old days on the sets of all eight HP movies.
Now, a New York Times Harry Potter campaign has caught fans’ attention because it doesn’t include JK Rowling, the genius behind the wizarding world. The author was also absent from the meeting and her excerpts from old interviews were used. For the uninitiated, Rowling has publicly expressed her views which have been seen as transphobic due to her insinuation that trans women are not women.
As Giant Freakin Robot reports, the New York Times campaign went viral on Twitter by those who spotted it on subway trains as an electronic billboard. The campaign was reportedly conducted to promote independent journalism. It depicts a woman and reads: “Imagine Harry Potter without its creator”.
There was a video ad in the DC subway today. I’m going to post some pictures of this ad, and you’ll try to guess which company is advertising. The fourth photo is the revelation.
— T.Greer (@Scholars_Stage) February 17, 2022
Many people have expressed their opinion about not including JK Rowling in the ad campaign. Although there was one person who supported this decision, there are many who did not. Check out some reactions below:
Not a New York Times fan but damn me they shook up the worst people on earth on the one hand with the Trojan horse podcast and on the other hand with the Harry Potter without its creator ad
— oppressed peoples of normal island (@deffonottommac) February 21, 2022
The unintended and hilarious irony is that Lianna doesn’t imagine anything… Harry Potter doesn’t exist without JK Rowling… Lianna’s head is blank and the New York Times is happy. Perfect. pic.twitter.com/eHj3QYVmt1
— AR-82 (@MegaTechCorp82) February 19, 2022
—Andrew Pierce (@toryboypierce) February 19, 2022
— DrAngi *notabot (@WorkPsychol) February 19, 2022
Seems the @NYTimes lost the creepy plot – this, apparently, is meant to advertise “independent journalism” – I call it 🐂💩 #IStandWithJKRowling
(Harry Potter without its creator would not exist, morons) https://t.co/YE1prPffv3
– Caz Bailey #KPSS – #NotABot #WomenWontWheesht (@mrs_counter) February 18, 2022
I have wonderful memories of reading Harry Potter books to my children. Sharing them and anticipating each new book was a magical part of their childhood. Ashamed that the @NYTimes attempts to erase the woman who created them, the brilliant @JK Rowling
— Kelley Paul (@KelleyAshbyPaul) February 21, 2022
It seems Harry Potter fans don’t like the New York Times campaign as they claim there will be no HP without JK Rowling. Share your thoughts on this with us!
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