The cast of Harry Potter will reunite in January 2022 for the 20th anniversary television special since “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”. It was reported by The Washington Post, “British author J.K. Rowling, who wrote the books the movies are based on and worked closely with the film’s producers, is absent from the lineup for the Warner Bros. Television show” While there is no concrete answer as to why the woman who started it all will not be in attendance, it may be because of her controversial statements on Twitter about transgender women, which caused a backlash against her.
The main actors of the series, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint cut ties with Rowling and said they supported the trans community. Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, wrote for the Trevor Project, a LGBTQ youth suicide prevention group, saying, “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” (NYTimes). This support has been important to Harry Potter fans, who grew up with the magical series. The fans, who have criticized Rowling on Twitter, are showing how powerful a group can be on social media, utilizing their voices to spread information and support for people who feel alone.