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

Harry Potter writer JK Rowling has revealed she was not snubbed at a current reunion present over her controversial views on transgender individuals, but as an alternative declined the invitation.

The reunion, Return To Hogwarts, was launched on January 1, but didn’t function the writer behind the sequence aside from in previous archive footage.

The writer’s look on the 20-year anniversary present was extensively speculated about in the wake of scandal over her statements about girls’s and transgender individuals’s rights, which have been branded ‘transphobic’ – but no assertion from the writer clarified the matter.

She has traditionally spoken out about cancel tradition amid claims she has been ‘cancelled’ by youthful generations – but her new interview at the moment reveals that was not the case right here – she merely ‘did not need to be part of it’. 

Speaking with Graham Norton on Virgin Radio, the 57-year-old stated at the moment: ‘I used to be asked to be on that and I made a decision I did not need to be part of it. 

‘It was concerning the movies not the books, fairly rightly. That was what the anniversary was about.

‘So nobody stated do not [do it]… I used to be asked to do it and I made a decision not to.’ 

She clarified that she wasn’t suggested in opposition to making an look, explaining that it was her personal resolution, following fan hypothesis round her absence. 

The reunion, Return To Hogwarts, was launched on January 1, but didn’t function the writer behind the sequence aside from in previous archive footage (pictured)

Pictured: JK Rowling with young stars from Harry Potter. The only footage of the author speaking herself as opposed to being discussed was a segment from a 2019 interview

 Pictured: JK Rowling with younger stars from Harry Potter. The solely footage of the writer talking herself as opposed to being mentioned was a section from a 2019 interview

Emma Watson (left) and Rupert Grint (right) share a heartwarming moment during the film reunion

Emma Watson (left) and Rupert Grint (proper) share a heartwarming second throughout the movie reunion

‘I wasn’t snubbed’: JK Rowling’s interview with Graham Norton in full 

On hypothesis she had been snubbed for the reunion present

I wasn’t truly. I used to be asked to be on that and I made a decision I did not need to be part of it. It was concerning the movies not the books, fairly rightly. That was what the anniversary was about so nobody stated do not…I used to be asked to do it and I made a decision not to.

On Harry Potter and Ink Black Heart followers

It was great what occurred with Potter – but it was fairly overwhelming at occasions. Crime followers… Like their sleep (laughs)

On the plot of JK Rowling’s new e-book and its cross over with actual life

There are extra echoes than I realised. I ought to make it actually clear that after among the issues which have occurred to me during the last year that this isn’t depicting… I had written the e-book earlier than sure issues occurred to me on-line. I stated to my husband I feel everyones going to see this as a response to what occurred to me but it genuinely wasnt. The first draft of the e-book was completed on the level sure issues occurred. I’m being very mysterious, I’m simply speaking about on-line threats and so forth.

On going out and being recognised

I used to be as soon as in a store in London with my son, he was a bit youthful then and we took a unsuitable flip in the toy division and I ended up in the Harry Potter mechanise, and I used to be trapped. Because there was a giant group of American younger individuals behind me and a tonne of individuals in entrance andi dragged David behind a bookshelf and stated “we’ll just wait here for a moment”. My son stated how a lot money would you need for me to not shout “she’s here!”

I can exit and about but I do not dangle about Harry Potter mechanise shops which might be a little bit bit self harmful I feel.

On talking to the Harry Potter cast

I’ve… sure, I do. Some greater than others but that was all the time the case. Some I knew higher than others.

On how to de-escalate trolling on-line

I feel on one stage I’m undecided I can. I’m undecided any particular person can. I strive to behave on-line as I would love others to behave. I would not ever need to..I’ve by no means threatened anybody. I would not anybody to go to their homes or something like that. Social media can be loads of enjoyable and I do just like the pub argument side of it. That can be a enjoyable factor to do, but there is not any doubt that social media is a present for those who need to behave.

I did truly take a complete year of Twitter or fairly a very long time after which when covid occurred… I truly did not return on for the pub brawl stuff, I went again on as a result of i wished to do the The Ickabog – a youngsters’s e-book for individuals who do not know – and I wished to put it out at no cost and twitter was a extremely good….so I went again on for the intention of doing The Ickabog and I form of have a love hate relationship with it now. I can fortunately go for afew days with out getting right into a pub brawl.

On hyperlinks to the brand new e-book, The Ink Black Heart

Because the final e-book – Troubled Blood – was a chilly case and it was very very conventional and I wished to do one thing very totally different, and go into a totally totally different world of now. And it was a enjoyable means to discover it as a result of Strike is older, and never the kind of particular person to ever be on Twitter or ever have any curiosity actually in being on Twitter. He’s in a world he’s probably not aware of.

On Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger

They are implausible individuals – two of the nicest individuals, most unpretentious and but gifted actors you’re ever going to meet.

An archive shot throughout the reunion confirmed the writer at a signing for the primary e-book, whereas Robbie Coltrane, who performed Hagrid, additionally lauded JK for serving to individuals set up a love of books once more throughout the rise of Potter mania.

The solely footage of the writer talking herself as opposed to being mentioned is a section from a 2019 interview which is repeatedly serialised.

In the interview she is seen discussing the uphill wrestle to discover an actor to play Harry when casting the primary film, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone.

Since the final Harry Potter movie was launched its writer has change into a deeply divisive determine.

Most lately she hit headlines after posting a few ‘demise menace’ she acquired in the wake of the violent assault on writer Salman Rushdie.

The day of the assault, she wrote on Twitter: ‘Horrifying information. Feeling very sick proper now. Let him be okay’.

An Islamic extremist then appeared to threaten Ms Rowling, writing: ‘you might be subsequent’.

She stated she reported the menace to Twitter, earlier than posting a screenshot of the response, commenting: ‘These are your tips, proper? “Violence: You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence… “Terrorism/violent extremism: You might not threaten or promote terrorism”…’

In an apparent bid to get Aziz booted off Twitter, Rowling later posted: ‘@TwitterSupport any chance of some support?’. 

In her Virgin Radio interview, Graham Norton asked Ms Rowling about how she felt online trolling could be de-escalated. 

‘I think on one level I’m not sure I can [de-escalate it]. I’m not sure any individual can. 

‘I try to behave online as I would like others to behave. I wouldn’t ever want to… I’ve never threatened anyone,’ the author said.

She explained that while she loves the ‘pub brawl’ atmosphere of Twitter, she now has a ‘love hate relationship’ with the platform after she took a year off from using it.

‘Social media can be a lot of fun and I do like the pub argument aspect of it. That can be a fun thing to do, but there’s no doubt that social media is a gift for people that want to behave.’ 

The author has also often tweeted critically about the use of inclusive language and spaces, most memorably retweeting a post which referred to ‘people who menstruate’ and adding: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’

Transgender activists say Ms Rowling’s stances are discriminatory and fail to recognise the difficulties that transgender and non-binary people face, but some feminists argue it is vital to retain single-sex spaces to protect vulnerable women.

Ms Rowling has also received backlash from claims she made in a bid to defend herself in 2020, including the claim that only people who are ‘privileged or lucky enough never to have come up against male violence’ support inclusive spaces.

She said: ‘I stand alongside the brave women and men, gay, straight and trans, who’re standing up for freedom of speech and thought, and for the rights and safety of some of the most vulnerable in our society: young gay kids, fragile teenagers, and women who’re reliant on and wish to retain their single sex spaces. 

‘Polls show those women are in the vast majority, and exclude only those privileged or lucky enough never to have come up against male violence or sexual assault, and who’ve never troubled to educate themselves on how prevalent it is.’

Asked if she still speaks to cast members, she added: ‘I have…yes, I do. Some more than others but that was always the case. Some I knew better than others.’ 

Rowling, who was promoting her new novel The Ink Black Heart by her pen name Robert Galbraith, also spoke of the difficulty of going out in public and being recognised.

JK Rowling attends the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore world premiere at The Royal Festival Hall on March 29, 2022

JK Rowling attends the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore world premiere at The Royal Festival Hall on March 29, 2022

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