One essential participant was absent from this year’s Harry Potter reunion: author J.K. Rowling. Finally, Rowling explains her absence.
J.K. Rowling discusses missing the annual Harry Potter reunion in public. Since she began writing the Harry Potter books, Rowling has been in the public eye, for better or worse. She also wrote the screenplay for the Harry Potter prequel movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, among other Harry Potter-related projects. There are already two sequels of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, both of which came out this year.
Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts, an HBO Max special, was published earlier this year as a tribute to Harry Potter’s legacy. Debuting on January 1, 2022, the special marked the 20th anniversary of the film’s theatrical release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The show included memories from the cast members of their time as Harry Potter characters, but Rowling herself was not present. Rowling did not explain her absence from Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts, although the news has been public since before the special’s debut.
In a recent interview with Graham Norton on The Graham Norton Radio Show, Rowling finally addressed why she did not return for Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts. Rowling asserted that she anticipated the reunion’s attention to be more on the films than on her contributions to the novels. She claimed that no one prevented her from performing the program, but she eventually decided not to. See Rowling’s complete statement below:
“I was asked to be a part of that, but I decided not to. I thought the anniversary was more about the movies than the book because that’s what it was about. No one said that they don’t… It was asked of me, but I chose not to do it.”
Although Rowling’s explanation is plausible, those familiar with the author find it suspicious. Fans still adore the intricate fantasy universe of JK Rowling, which she created with Harry Potter. But she has been under a lot of scrutiny lately. She has also made anti-trans comments on Twitter and in public. The Harry Potter storyline was modified after the fact, resulting in the author being accused of engaging in “queer-baiting.” As a result, many individuals have spoken out against her and worked to stop funding any projects that Rowling would stand to profit from. In light of her more significant scandal, Rowling’s explanation that she did not think it was the place for her seems rather flimsy. Producers may not have convinced her not to travel. But given the explanation’s general lacklusterness, avoiding controversy is still a distinct possibility.
However, not everyone has the same opinions on Rowling, so some may have appreciated her presence at the reunion. Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, has said that while disagreeing with some of Rowling’s opinions. He still regards her as family. Even if individuals do not currently support Rowling, Harry Potter is still a cherished series essential to many people’s childhoods. In light of the controversies surrounding Rowling and her absence from numerous prominent Harry Potter-related events, including the reunion. It will be interesting to see more Harry Potter world content, like video games and a rumoured Fantastic Beasts 4. Although many people despise Rowling, the world she built with Harry Potter continues to exist.