JK Rowling WAS asked to be in Harry Potter reunion but turned it down

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Harry Potter writer JK Rowling has revealed she was not snubbed astatine a caller reunion amusement implicit her arguable views connected transgender people, but alternatively declined the invitation.

The reunion, Return To Hogwarts, was released connected January 1, but did not diagnostic the writer down the bid isolated from successful aged archive footage.

The author's quality connected the 20-year day amusement was wide speculated astir successful the aftermath of ungraded implicit her statements astir women's and transgender people's rights, which were branded 'transphobic' - but nary connection from the writer clarified the matter.

She has historically spoken retired astir cancel culture amid claims she has been 'cancelled' by younger generations - but her caller interrogation contiguous shows that was not the lawsuit present - she simply 'didn't privation to beryllium a portion of it'. 

Speaking with Graham Norton connected Virgin Radio, the 57-year-old said today: 'I was asked to beryllium connected that and I decided I didn't privation to beryllium a portion of it. 

'It was astir the films not the books, rather rightly. That was what the day was about.

'So nary 1 said don't [do it]… I was asked to bash it and I decided not to.' 

She clarified that she wasn't advised against making an appearance, explaining that it was her ain decision, pursuing instrumentality speculation astir her absence. 

The reunion, Return To Hogwarts, was released connected January 1, but did not diagnostic the writer down the bid isolated from successful aged archive footage (pictured)

 Pictured: JK Rowling with young stars from Harry Potter. The lone footage of the writer speaking herself arsenic opposed to being discussed was a conception from a 2019 interview

Emma Watson (left) and Rupert Grint (right) stock a heartwarming infinitesimal during the movie reunion

'I wasn't snubbed': JK Rowling's interrogation with Graham Norton successful full 

On speculation she had been snubbed for the reunion show

I wasn't actually. I was asked to beryllium connected that and I decided I didn't privation to beryllium a portion of it. It was astir the films not the books, rather rightly. That was what the day was astir truthful nary 1 said don't…I was asked to bash it and I decided not to.

On Harry Potter and Ink Black Heart fans

It was fantastic what happened with Potter - but it was rather overwhelming astatine times. Crime fans... Like their slumber (laughs)

On the crippled of JK Rowling's caller publication and its transverse implicit with existent life

There are much echoes than I realised. I should marque it truly wide that aft immoderate of the things that person happened to maine implicit the past twelvemonth that this is not depicting... I had written the publication earlier definite things happened to maine online. I said to my hubby I deliberation everyones going to spot this arsenic a effect to what happened to maine but it genuinely wasnt. The archetypal draught of the publication was finished astatine the constituent definite things happened. I'm being precise mysterious, I'm conscionable talking astir online threats and truthful on.

On going retired and being recognised

I was erstwhile successful a store successful London with my son, helium was a spot younger past and we took a incorrect crook successful the artifact section and I ended up successful the Harry Potter mechanise, and I was trapped. Because determination was a large radical of American young radical down maine and a tonne of radical successful beforehand andi dragged David down a bookshelf and said “we’ll conscionable hold present for a moment”. My lad said however overmuch wealth would you privation for maine to not outcry “she’s here!”

I tin spell retired and astir but I don't bent astir Harry Potter mechanise stores which would beryllium a small spot aforesaid destructive I think.

On speaking to the Harry Potter cast

I have… yes, I do. Some much than others but that was ever the case. Some I knew amended than others.

On however to de-escalate trolling online

I deliberation connected 1 level I’m not definite I can. I’m not definite immoderate idiosyncratic can. I effort to behave online arsenic I would similar others to behave. I wouldn't ever privation to..I've ne'er threatened anyone. I wouldn't anyone to spell to their houses oregon thing similar that. Social media tin beryllium a batch of amusive and I bash similar the pub statement facet of it. That tin beryllium a amusive happening to do, but there's nary uncertainty that societal media is simply a acquisition for radical that privation to behave.

I did really instrumentality a full twelvemonth of Twitter oregon rather a agelong clip and past erstwhile covid happened… I really didn't spell backmost connected for the pub brawl stuff, I went backmost connected due to the fact that one wanted to bash the The Ickabog - a children’s publication for those who don't cognize - and I wanted to enactment it retired for escaped and twitter was a truly good….so I went backmost connected for the volition of doing The Ickabog and I benignant of person a emotion hatred narration with it now. I tin happily spell for afew days without getting into a pub brawl.

On links to the caller book, The Ink Black Heart

Because the past publication - Troubled Blood - was a acold lawsuit and it was precise very accepted and I wanted to bash thing precise different, and spell into a wholly antithetic satellite of now. And it was a amusive mode to research it due to the fact that Strike is older, and not the benignant of idiosyncratic to ever beryllium connected Twitter oregon ever person immoderate involvement truly successful being connected Twitter. He’s successful a satellite he’s not truly acquainted with.

On Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger

They are fantastic radical - 2 of the nicest people, astir unpretentious and yet talented actors you’re ever going to meet.

An archive changeable during the reunion showed the writer astatine a signing for the archetypal book, portion Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, besides lauded JK for helping radical found a emotion of books again during the emergence of Potter mania.

The lone footage of the writer speaking herself arsenic opposed to being discussed is simply a conception from a 2019 interrogation which is repeatedly serialised.

In the interrogation she is seen discussing the uphill conflict to find an histrion to play Harry erstwhile casting the archetypal movie, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone.

Since the past Harry Potter movie was released its writer has go a profoundly divisive figure.

Most precocious she deed headlines aft posting astir a 'death threat' she received successful the aftermath of the convulsive onslaught connected writer Salman Rushdie.

The time of the attack, she wrote connected Twitter: 'Horrifying news. Feeling precise sick close now. Let him beryllium ok'.

An Islamic extremist past appeared to endanger Ms Rowling, writing: 'you are next'.

She said she reported the menace to Twitter, earlier posting a screenshot of the response, commenting: 'These are your guidelines, right? "Violence: You whitethorn not endanger unit against an idiosyncratic oregon a radical of people. We besides prohibit the glorification of violence... "Terrorism/violent extremism: You whitethorn not endanger oregon beforehand terrorism"...'

In an evident bid to get Aziz booted disconnected Twitter, Rowling aboriginal posted: '@TwitterSupport immoderate accidental of immoderate support?'. 

In her Virgin Radio interview, Graham Norton asked Ms Rowling astir however she felt online trolling could beryllium de-escalated. 

'I deliberation connected 1 level I’m not definite I tin [de-escalate it]. I’m not definite immoderate idiosyncratic can. 

'I effort to behave online arsenic I would similar others to behave. I wouldn't ever privation to... I've ne'er threatened anyone,' the writer said.

She explained that portion she loves the 'pub brawl' ambiance of Twitter, she present has a 'love hatred relationship' with the level aft she took a twelvemonth disconnected from utilizing it.

'Social media tin beryllium a batch of amusive and I bash similar the pub statement facet of it. That tin beryllium a amusive happening to do, but there's nary uncertainty that societal media is simply a acquisition for radical that privation to behave.' 

The writer has besides often tweeted critically astir the usage of inclusive connection and spaces, astir memorably retweeting a station which referred to 'people who menstruate' and adding: 'I’m definite determination utilized to beryllium a connection for those people. Someone assistance maine out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?'

Transgender activists accidental Ms Rowling's stances are discriminatory and neglect to recognise the difficulties that transgender and non-binary radical face, but immoderate feminists reason it is captious to clasp single-sex spaces to support susceptible women.

Ms Rowling has besides received backlash from claims she made successful a bid to support herself successful 2020, including the assertion that lone radical who are 'privileged oregon fortunate capable ne'er to person travel up against antheral violence' enactment inclusive spaces.

She said: 'I basal alongside the brave women and men, gay, consecutive and trans, who’re lasting up for state of code and thought, and for the rights and information of immoderate of the astir susceptible successful our society: young cheery kids, fragile teenagers, and women who’re reliant connected and privation to clasp their azygous enactment spaces. 

'Polls amusement those women are successful the immense majority, and exclude lone those privileged oregon fortunate capable ne'er to person travel up against antheral unit oregon intersexual assault, and who’ve ne'er troubled to amended themselves connected however prevalent it is.'

Asked if she inactive speaks to formed members, she added: 'I have…yes, I do. Some much than others but that was ever the case. Some I knew amended than others.' 

Rowling, who was promoting her caller caller The Ink Black Heart by her pen sanction Robert Galbraith, besides spoke of the trouble of going retired successful nationalist and being recognised.

JK Rowling attends the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore satellite premiere astatine The Royal Festival Hall connected March 29, 2022

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