Unbelievably, J.K. Rowling is now something of a controversial figure. So what did the author who wrote the well-loved Harry Potter series do wrong? What has the woman whose work spawned a multi-billion dollar entertainment franchise done to earn such notoriety? She stood up for women in the face of the trans lobby. The monster!

JK Rowling

For pointing out that women have a right to exist as women, and that a man cannot simply put on a dress and declare himself a woman to actually become a woman, she has been relentlessly attacked. She has been cyber-stalked, doxxed and threatened by an increasingly shrill and unhinged trans lobby, who labelled her a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) and published her home address.

You can expect this behaviour from the usual suspects. What was distasteful was some of the comments from various young actors who had been involved in the Harry Potter movie series. From leads Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint down through the cast to supporting Hogwarts pupils, they have lined up to condemn Rowling and re-quote fatuous slogans like “Trans women are women”.

As these people are both actors and young we know this makes them doubly idiotic, but the lack of gratitude shown to the woman (real woman) who created the world that made them famous and rich was staggering.

When HBO Max aired the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special earlier this year and J. K. Rowling was not part of it, there was much comment and speculation. Had she not been invited? Were Warner Bros. trying to distance themselves from Rowling due to her comments and the ensuing controversy?

The one-off served as a reunion was a celebration of twenty years of the franchise, after the first film premiered in cinemas back in 2001. Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint, were joined by Gary Oldman, Robbie Coltrane, Matthew Lewis, and Ralph Fiennes among others for a star-studded event.

Now Rowling herself has spoken for the first time about why she wasn’t involved. Was she ghosted? Un-invited? According to an interview she gave talk show host Graham Norton on his radio show in the UK, it is more straightforward:

“I was asked to be on that and I decided I didn’t want to do it. I thought it was about the films more than the book, quite rightly, that was what the anniversary was about. No one said don’t [do it]… I was asked to do it and I decided not to.”

So that puts to bed the argument from the trans lobby who had celebrated getting Rowling “cancelled” from her own universe.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Warner Bros. new strategy under new leadership includes an urgent return to the Potter-verse beyond the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

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