The rumor circulating on social media is that Emma Watson will only return to Harry Potter if J.K. is no longer involved.
Emma Watson came under fire on social media when sources close to the actress claimed she wouldn’t work on another Harry Potter film if J.K. Rowling were involved. Watson has said she wouldn’t return to the franchise until J.K. Rowling is wholly excluded. Hundreds of Twitter comments and social media postings reacted to this revelation. How dare Emma Watson bite the hand that feeds her?
Rowling’s divisive remarks on the trans community reportedly prompted Watson, 32, to make a choice. According to “reliable and proven sources,” the actress will only rejoin the franchise provided the author who created the series is not engaged in any way, according to a report from Giant Freaking Robot.
It’s unclear why Watson decided against returning to the franchise if J.K. Rowling is involved, but it’s a reasonable bet that it has something to do with how divisive the author and her social views have grown in recent years. In part, Watson may have decided against returning to the Harry Potter films due to J.K.’s extremely loud and public comments on the rights of transgender individuals in the U.K. (and, one would presume, the rest of the globe).
Earlier this year, J.K. Rowling was the target of a statement made by Emma Watson at the BAFTAs. Rebel Wilson, a fellow actor, joked about Emma Watson as she entered the stage to receive an award, saying, “She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch.” Emma Watson responded, “I’m here for all the witches,” which was seen online as a subtle rejection of J.K. Rowling’s stated views on transgender people.
Because of her staunch support for trans rights, there is a rising rumor that the Harry Potter 25th anniversary may be “canceled by publishers.” The publishing industry is unsure how to handle all the commotion she has been making, although her admirers and many readers have remained devoted. Even though the books will almost probably stay in print, honoring milestones might just be mentioned in passing.
The Bookseller magazine’s managing editor, Tom Tivnan, observed: “We’re going to be extremely quiet about this. I was talking to overseas publishers about the anniversary. Even mentioning her name on social media causes publishers to become embroiled in a discussion they don’t want to have. They want to release books. They are therefore disregarding it.
In 2020, after Rowling tweeted, “People who menstruate.,” transphobic accusations were leveled against her. There must have been a term for those folks in the past. Please lend me a hand. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Watson responded at the moment and expressed her outrage on Twitter in response to J.K. Trans individuals need to live their lives without being continuously questioned or told they aren’t who they claim to be. They are who they say they are. I want my trans fans to know that I and countless others worldwide appreciate and adore them for who they are. I give to @mamacash and @Mermaids Gender. If you can, maybe you’ll be tempted to follow suit. Happy 2020, Pride! Love to you, x.”