Writer JK Rowling will not attend Harry Potter 20th Anniversary, the reunion of the cast of the film saga that will air on January 1st on HBO Max.

It's three days ago the news di Harry Potter 20th Anniversary, a reunion of the cast of Harry Potter in view of the twentieth anniversary of the film saga.
In fact, it was recently announced that the January 1 2022, a special will be broadcast on HBO Max, which will celebrate the twenty years since the release of the first film in the film saga, namely The philosopher's Stone.

The three protagonists will certainly participate in this special, namely Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, and the director of the first two films of the saga, namely Christopher Columbus. According to the Wizarding World site, many other actors who have starred in the saga are also expected to participate, such as Tom Felton, James and Oliver Phelps, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and Gary Oldman.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary will be shot at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. According to Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics president Tom Ascheim, this special will be:

a tribute to everyone whose lives were touched by this cultural phenomenon - from the talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into this extraordinary film franchise to the passionate fans who continue to keep the Wizarding World spirit alive 20 years later.

a tribute to all whose lives have been touched by this cultural phenomenon - from the talented cast and crew who put their heart and soul into this extraordinary film saga, to the passionate fans who continue to keep the spirit of the Wizarding World alive twenty years later. .

The three protagonists in The Philosopher's Stone, released 20 years ago, and celebrated in Harry Potter 20th Anniversary
The three protagonists in The Philosopher's Stone, released 20 years ago, and celebrated in Harry Potter 20th Anniversary

The absence of JK Rowling from the cast of Harry Potter 20th Anniversary

Right from the start, however, many fans noticed that among the names announced in Harry Potter 20th Anniversary one in particular was missing: that of the author of the paper saga, J. K. Rowling.
According to the The Washington Post, in an article of November 17, Rowling reps said they didn't want to comment on the matter. Another "no comment" came from Warner Bros.

Rowling won't be completely absent from the special, though. In fact, according to the WP, some archive recordings with the writer present.
This is also understandable, as Rowling has always worked closely with the cast and directors of the films. However, only in recent years, with the saga of Fantastic animals, Rowling began writing material for the films herself: in fact, for example, ne The crimes of Grindelwald she is the one who wrote the screenplay.

Why is JK Rowling absent?

Probably, JK Rowling's absence is due to his own transphobic outings on Twitter in 2020, from which the writer has never taken any step back.
It should be noted, however, that we currently don't have the kind of statement on this from Warner Bros. or HBO. Therefore, we must keep in mind that this is only a hypothesis, although it is quite likely.

Over the past year, JK Rowling has received many critical for his words, including an open letter from the Mermaids Group, translated on our site by Saura Fontanella and Alex Grisafi. However, Rowling also received very support, continued publish books with characters who are transphobic caricatures (but who still make it to the top of the English charts), and has also continued to work on the films of Fantastic animals, whose disputes (su nagini e Silent) precede the writer's transphobic statements.

The criticism of Rowling by the three protagonists

There is also to say that the cast of the Harry Potter films have generally been quite critical of JK Rowling's transphobic claims. In particular, the three leading actors have all taken a firm stand in defense of transgender people.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) wrote a long article on the site of The Trevor Project, a reality committed to helping young queer people, in which he stated, among other things:

Transgender women are women. 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.

Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional medical associations, which have far more experience on this issue than Jo and me.

Also Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) expressed her support for transgender people, writing on Twitter:

Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren't who they say they are.

Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly scrutinized or told they are not who they say they are.

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) also expressed himself on the issue, stating:

Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment.

Trans women are women. Trans men are men. All of us should have the right to live with love and without being judged.

The criticism of Rowling from the rest of the cast of Harry Potter

Similar claims were made by other members of the original cast as well, especially by the younger actresses and actors. In this Entertainment Weekly article you can read all the statements of the cast of Harry Potter e Fantastic animals.
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), in fact, has also stated that JK Rowling is on the wrong side of the discussion and does not want to help further marginalize trans people. However, Lynch also points out that there is no need to discuss such sensitive issues on Twitter and that JK Rowling should not be thought of as having completely lost her humanity.
More supportive messages for transgender people have come from Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) e Katie leung (Cho Chang).

JK Rowling, banned from Harry Potter 20th Anniversary. Photo by Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images
JK Rowling, excluded from Harry Potter 20th Anniversary. Photo by Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images

Two words on “cancel culture” and “censorship”: why isn't JK Rowling a victim?

On the web we have already started talking about cancel culture against JK Rowling. Comments of "reflex Nazism", of "punishment", of "politically correct that makes victims every day" fly.
Now, I think it is necessary to say a few words on the matter.

JK Rowling was not "deleted" or "censored"

First, no one has canceled JK Rowling, nor in Harry Potter 20th Anniversary, nor in other fields.
Rowling, in fact, he continues to publish books and write film scripts. He didn't have to pay any fines. She has not seen her Twitter account terminated.
You can't really talk about censorship with Rowling.

E has not lost the rights to Harry Potter and on all related products, thus continuing to earn through royalties. Almost certainly, therefore, the writer will also earn from the profits of Harry Potter 20th Anniversary, while not participating directly. In addition, the special will also talk about her, so her role in the creation of the films will not be canceled.
At the same time, I think it is also quite evident that no one has been burning his books or related films. In fact, the very existence of Harry Potter 20th Anniversary shows how the Harry Potter both alive and well.

His exclusion from Harry Potter 20th Anniversary it is a legitimate reaction

What is happening is only the legitimate reactions to his words: Just as Rowling unfortunately has the right to spread misinformation about transgender people to her millions of Twitter followers, so others have the right to criticize her and not want to work with her.

In this sense, therefore, it is possible speculate that the Harry Potter cast doesn't want to shoot Harry Potter 20th Anniversary along with Rowling.
Similarly, Warner Bros. and HBO may not want to be associated with him, at least in this case (Fantastic Beasts, by contrast, will still have Rowling involved), even for prevent several fans from boycotting the special. We have also seen similar reactions from the software house that is developing the video game Hogwarts legacy, that has specified that JK Rowling was not involved in the making of the game.

But let's remember that royalties do exist

Not wanting to financially support JK Rowling is therefore one of the legitimate reactions to her transphobic statements. This is not censorship, because we would speak of censorship if we wanted to burn all his books, excluding them from libraries and from the history of children's literature.
Wanting to avoid giving your money to JK Rowling or working with her are therefore legitimate reactions.

That said, if you want to avoid giving your money to JK Rowling you also need to remember that the writer not only earns from direct sales of the books or films she has written, but also from royalties on all official branded products Harry Potter.
Therefore, we don't think that excluding Rowling from the cast of Harry Potter 20th Anniversary is an act of revolutionary disruption, because the writer, as mentioned above, will make some money from this product. And also from Hogwarts legacy, regardless of his involvement.

Also for this reason, it makes no sense to talk about Rowling's cancel culture or censorship.
Similarly, though, if you want to avoid giving your money to the writer, you should avoid seeing Harry Potter 20th Anniversary on HBO Max or to buy Hogwarts legacy, or other official merchandise.