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JK Rowling Reportedly Declined Offer To Appear In Harry Potter Reunion

– Christy Mathew 

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J.K. Rowling is said to have turned down an invitation to appear in the Harry Potter reunion. Return to Hogwarts, the impending reunion, will premiere on HBO Max on New Year’s Day, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

A number of cast members from all eight films are expected to appear, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who played Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley, respectively, the saga’s Golden Trio.

Helena Bonham Carter, Tom Felton, Robbie Coltran, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, James and Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, and Evanna Lynch, to mention a few, are all slated to appear during the reunion special. 

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J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Wizarding World and author of the enormously popular Harry Potter books that defined a generation, is noticeably absent from the guest list. The author’s outspoken statements on trans issues are thought to be the reason for her exclusion from the reunion.

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However, that earlier assumption appears to be erroneous; as EW claims that Rowling was invited to attend the reunion, but she and her team declined; deciding that an appearance through archival film would suffice. Rowling’s comments against trans people and the accompanying uproar; according to sources close to the matter, were not a factor in the decision.

For those who have been following the J.K. Rowling controversy attentively, this is quite a shocking development. Previously, it was assumed that Warner Bros. and HBO Max chose to remove Rowling to prevent any criticism over the author’s statements; which many consider anti-trans. If reports are to be believed, the Harry Potter reunion was eager to include Rowling; albeit it was her side that declined.

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