Harry Potter and co. bought collectively once more for a visit down reminiscence lane — and though J.Ok. Rowling does not sit for an interview herself … she nonetheless magically seems (kinda).
The creator and creator of the wizarding franchise was notably absent for HBO Max’s twentieth Anniversary ‘Return to Hogwarts’ reunion particular, which hit the airwaves Saturday … simply in time for the brand new 12 months.
Whereas JKR didn’t seem in particular person to mingle with the remainder of the solid and crew — together with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint — she was there in spirit … however extra particularly, there in outdated archival footage from a pair years in the past, this in response to studies.
Phrase is, clips of J.Ok. from 2019 are sprinkled into the practically 2-hour present … the place she talks about casting and the early means of turning her books right into a blockbuster movie. Apparently, among the solid additionally talks about her, however they do it sparingly … and principally gloss over her.
For those who’re questioning what offers … it is no secret J.Ok. has turn into persona non grata in Hollywood of late, as a consequence of feedback she’s revamped the previous 12 months that many understand as transphobic, remarks she’ since tried clarifying repeatedly. Nonetheless, Radcliffe disavowed her sentiments … drawing a agency line within the sand on the place he stands on the trans group.
Now, with that in thoughts … it is maybe no shock Rowling is not within the HBO particular, however weirdly sufficient — there are barely differing takes on why she wasn’t concerned … together with a report claiming she herself turned the chance down.
EW cites sources saying J.Ok. was prolonged an invitation by HBO brass, however that she and her workforce felt the outdated footage of her can be satisfactory. Much more puzzling, these identical sources say her transgender controversy performed no half within the choice to cross on becoming a member of.
New 12 months’s Day stroll in fantastically spooky woods. Pleased 22, everybody
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— J.Ok. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 1, 2022
HBO Max, in the meantime, confirms they reached out to Rowling, however wound up agreeing that her outdated clips would suffice. It is unclear, on their finish, if she turned ’em down for a brand new interview, or if they really shot one thing along with her after which finally scrapped it.
Anyway, if you happen to’re questioning what J.Ok. was as much as for the brand new 12 months, it seems like she’s nonetheless dabbling in enchanting settings, with four-legged firm in addition. Expecto Patronum!