JK Rowling has been left out of the Harry Potter 20th anniversary reunion, according to reports.
In the announcement for HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, many fans noticed that the author’s name wasn’t mentioned in the huge line-up, which includes Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.
Although no reason for Rowling’s absence has been given, many people have taken to social media and speculated why the writer won’t be attending.
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Many are convinced that the 56-year-old’s past controversial tweets about transgender people are the reason.
Rowling pulled apart an article last year that featured trans-inclusionary language. In the piece, it said ‘people who menstruate,’ instead of women.
In response, the author made several comments, including that men who transition to women aren’t truly women.
Referencing the scandal, one person tweeted: “She’s doing the right thing keeping her head down. Maybe in a few years, people can calm down and forgive her but unfortunately, a year doesn’t seem like it is enough time for people to forgive her.
“I’m not saying what she was right, but we can’t hate her forever.”
Another added: “Probably because the rest of the cast don’t like her anymore.”
“Imagine being kept out of your own legacy because of cancel culture,” a third commented.
Although it looks unlikely Rowling will be in attendance, HBO has promised an exciting reunion.
In a statement, Warner Bros representative Tom Ascheim stated: “It has been an incredible journey since the debut of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film, and witnessing how it has evolved into this remarkable interconnected universe has been magical, to say the least.
“This retrospective is a tribute to everyone whose lives were touched by this cultural phenomenon – from the talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into this extraordinary film franchise to the passionate fans who continue to keep the Wizarding World spirit alive 20 years later.”
The HBO Max special will air on January 1, 2022.
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