J.K. Rowling was unable to attend the recent “Harry Potter” reunion special.
When she created the “Harry Potter” franchise, Rowling became one of the best-selling authors. It was then adapted, including the popular television series.
However, the author did not attend the HBO Max “Harry Potter” reunion but clarified that it was her choice to miss the event.
In “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” footage, she clarified the rumors surrounding her nonattendance, saying no one told her not to come.
“Yeah, 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 books, you know, quite rightly. I mean, that was what the anniversary was about.”
To be fair, the public assumed that her previous infamous remarks about transgender people had something to do with her recent decision. Rowling was condemned at the time because her statements were deemed “very disappointing” by the public.
Meanwhile, sources told Entertainment Weekly that her team clarified that her decision not to appear was unrelated to her comments about the trans community.
It was also noted that members of the “Harry Potter” film series, such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, supported the trans community. For example, Radcliffe wrote on The Trevor Project that “transgender women are women.”
Despite missing the reunion, Rowling attended the red carpet premiere of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.”
Rowling discussed her current online status in the same interview because, in addition to her trans comments, she was thrust into the spotlight following Salman Rushdie’s stabbing incident.
Social media, according to the author, can be a lot of fun. She reportedly has a love-hate relationship with social media, but she assures us that she always behaves online as she would like others to do.
Despite this, she received death threats from online users such as Meer Asif Aziz, who identified himself as a “student, social activist, political activist, and research activist.”
She tagged Twitter’s official account after receiving them to request assistance from the platform. She also thanked her followers for their continued support.
According to a Twitter statement, the company stands with Rowling and all authors who use the platform to raise awareness.