Harry Potter fans, rejoice! Your favorite characters return to the school of witchcraft and magic. But don’t expect to see JK Rowling.
It has been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone graced our screens and made the Boy Who Lived a household name. To celebrate, Warner Bros. brings the actors together in what will be a nostalgic journey not to be missed.
Returning: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and a long list of fan favorites from all eight film series.
However, one very notable missing person is JK Rowling, the creator and writer of the original book series. Although a beloved writer during the production of the film series, Rowling has come under extreme criticism in recent years after making a string of transphobic comments.
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In response to his comments, his relationship with the cast and Warner Bros. was strained. Radcliffe issued a lengthy statement asserting his position; “To all those who now feel their experience with books has been tarnished or diminished. I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you ”. Watson followed suit, tweeting “I want my Trans followers to know that me and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for the way you are.”
Warner Brothers also released this statement:
After five days, Warner Bros. posted this statement on JK Rowling’s anti-trans comments.
– Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) June 11, 2020
Despite the controversy, Warner Bros. stands tall with spokesperson Tom Ascheism telling Hollywood reporter “This retrospective is a tribute to all whose lives have been touched by this cultural phenomenon – talented actors and crew who poured their hearts and souls in this extraordinary film franchise for passionate fans who continue to bring the spirit of the Wizarding World to life 20 years later “
While Rowling won’t appear directly in the special, archive footage of her will be used.
Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts will be released on Binge on January 1 (and on HBO Max for our American cousins)
Watch the trailer below!