JK Rowling said she chose not to appear on HBO Max Harry Potter Reunion aired on January 1st.
In an interview Saturday as Graham Norton Radio Show Podcast Part of the show, which airs on Virgin Radio, the Harry Potter writer and Fantastic Beasts Writer in Harry Potter Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.
Rowling noted in an episode of the podcast that despite speculation, she was asking for the reunion, saying ” No one said not to come.”
“Yes, I was asked to be involved, but I decided I didn’t want to,” she said. “I think it’s about the movies and not the books, you know, that’s very true. I mean, that’s what the anniversary is all about.”
Word has it that Rowling will not be appearing with the cast of the movie and other creative team members as Part of a retrospective released by Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone , speculating that her absence may be due to the surrounding Harry Potter and the Damned Son Story writer comments on transgender people . The comments have been condemned by several LGBTQ+ rights groups, including GLAAD, the Human Rights Coalition and The Trevor Project.
Rowling herself has not previously commented on her absence from the special, but sources told Entertainment Weekly Her team deemed the author’s archived comments shown in the reunion “adequate.” They also denied that Rowling’s comments about the transgender community were the reason for her decision not to show up.
The cast has commented on Harry Potter before the reunion The authors’ public positions, including stars such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Eddie Redmayne, have issued statements in support of the trans community. Other actors, such as Ralph Fiennes and Robbie Coltrane, have also issued statements of support for Rowling.
In the brief interview, the author was also asked if she still has relationships and talks with the “young actors” of the film series, including those “speaking out” People “about you,” Graham said.
“I have. Yes, I do,” Rowling said. “I mean, there are more people than others, but that’s always the case. You know some that I know better than others. ”