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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts: JK Rowling reportedly refused to be a part of the reunion

JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series refused to be a part of the reunion according to reports

Published: 31st December 2021
A still of JK Rowling

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts reunion featuring the stars of the series is set to be streamed on HBO Max and Amazon Prime from January 1. Author JK Rowling, who penned the series is not a part of the reunion. Fans believed that Rowling's controversial comments about trans people as the reason behind this exclusion. However, recent reports suggest otherwise. 

Entertainment Weekly reported that the author's team "determined the archived comments from the writer were adequate." The source quoted in the report also added, "Rowling’s statements about trans people and the controversy swirling around them did not play a part in the team’s decision."

When JK Rowling was also criticised by the actors who starred in Harry Potter for being transphobic. This included Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Eddie Redmayne, Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Miriam Margolyes, and Katie Leung. 

In June 2020, JK Rowling expressed her disapproval of the term “people who menstruate.” This is a term used commonly in conversations regarding mental and physical health to include trans men (who haven't transitioned completely, or choose not to transition). JK Rowling's refusal to accept self-identification as a valid form of gender identity and her iteration that womanhood is only biologically determined is the reason a section of the fans of Harry Potter books call her transphobic. 

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