Joanne Rowling CH OBE FRSL, better known as J. K. Rowling, opened up about the reason for not attending the Harry Potter reunion. In a Virgin Radio interview Saturday, Rowling explained why she’s not in Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, which premiered on HBO Max on Jan. 1.
Through a video clip posted on YouTube, the author told Graham Norton, “I was asked to be on that, and I decided I did not want to do it. I thought it was about the films more than the books, quite rightly. [So] that was what the anniversary was about.”
Rowling added, “No one said do not [do it]… [But], I was asked to do it and… decided not to.”
During the conversation, she also discussed the issue of social media’s toxicity. For instance, her concern over Salman Rushdie’s stabbing incident led to a death threat earlier this month.
The 57-years-old told Graham in an interview, “I try to behave online as I would like others to behave… I have never threatened anyone. I certainly would not want anyone to go to their houses or anything like that.”
In addition, “Social media can be a lot of fun, and I do like the pub argument aspect of it. That can be a fun thing to do… [However], I sort of have a love-hate relationship with it now. I can happily go for a few days without getting into a [virtual] pub brawl.”
In June 2020, Rowling faced criticism for tweets that appeared to support anti-transgender sentiments. However, days later, she published a lengthy essay reaffirming her transphobic beliefs about feminism.
The Harry Potter cast, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, expressed their strong opinions against Rowling’s remarks.
Radcliffe wrote an essay at The Trevor Project, “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations, who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”
The 33-years-old actor continued, “According to The Trevor Project, 78 percent of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity.”
“It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm,” he added.
In June 2020, after receiving backlash due to her beliefs, Rowling wrote that she would refuse to “bow down” and remain true to her opinions.