JK Rowling How Dare the Harry Potter cast drop her?

JK Rowling How Dare the Harry Potter cast drop her?

jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Monday 22nd November 2021

 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 JK Rowling made the Harry Potter cast rich – how dare they drop her?

The Daily Telegraph

Every hero needs an origin story. It’s one thing to perform great feats of bravery and foil the plots of evil forces, but it means so much more if audiences know where the character they’re rooting for started from. And Harry Potter has one of the all-time great origin stories. Not just the character himself (although the orphan in the cupboard under the stars is a brilliantly compelling creation), but also the novels he appears in.

Everyone know that Harry Potter started in an Edinburgh café; that the woman who wrote him was a single mother, surviving on benefits while she worked to bring Hogwarts to life; and that her ascent to global bestseller status is, in its way, as much a triumph for magic as anything that happens in the saga she created. Or everyone used to know this. Recently, though, it seems that JK Rowling is being written out of the very world she invented.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the first film (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone), HBO Max is broadcasting a one-off retrospective on new year’s day in the US, reuniting  all the key figures of the films. (There’s no word yet on whether this will be available to view in the UK.) According to Tom Ascheim of Warner Bros, it will be “a tribute to everyone whose lives were touched by this cultural phenomenon.”

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint — the trio of then-child actors who played Harry, Hermione and Ron — will be there of course. So too will Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes and many more from the scores of actors to have featured in the vast cast of Hogwarts. But one person won’t be appearing in the studio: JK Rowling seems to have been cut out from the Potterverse.

The erasure isn’t total. She will, apparently, feature in archive footage, but there will be no new interview from the woman without whom there would be no Harry Potter at all. While neither she nor anyone from Warner Bros has given a reason for this, the obvious interpretation is this: Rowling can’t be accommodated in the celebrations because of her failure to keep in line with the diktats of transgender activism.

In 2020, Rowling published an essay arguing that support for trans people shouldn’t mean compromising women’s rights. It was a considered piece of writing, underscored by personal experience – in it, she revealed for the first time that she had been a victim of abuse from her first husband. It was read widely, but not everyone found her perspective sympathetic.

By questioning whether children should be given puberty-blocking drugs, or men should be entitled to legal reclassification as women without undergoing any kind of sex-change surgery, Rowling had marked herself as a “terf” – trans exclusionary radical feminist. As she wrote in her essay, to be called a terf is to be made an exile from acceptable liberal society: according to the supposed activists who attacked her for her views, she “deserved cancelling, punching and death.”

‘Harry Potter’ Cast to Come Together for Retrospective Special Without J.K. Rowling !

Rowling’s statements blew open an incipient divide between her and the cast who had become famous as her characters. Radcliffe, Watson and Grint were all quick to dissociate themselves from Rowling. Radcliffe declared: “Transgender women are women.” Watson tweeted: “I want my trans followers to know that I… see you, respect you and love you.” And Grint issued a statement in which he said: “I firmly stand with the trans community.”

What none of them did was offer any support to Rowling herself. They didn’t even acknowledge her history of abuse. It should be possible to express sympathy and graciousness even in disagreement – Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the series, is among those who believes “trans women are women”, but she had the humanity to add that trans activist Potter fans shouldn’t “bully or hate people on the other side of the debate.”

That ought not to be an exceptional approach, but it stands in glaring contrast to Radcliffe, Watson and Grint. In an Instagram post announcing the 20th anniversary special, Watson didn’t even mention Rowling, though did throw in a shoutout to the fans: “The magic of the world wouldn’t exist without you. Thank you for fighting to make it such an inclusive and loving place.” It reads distinctly like a barb aimed at Rowling.

This is vicious stuff when you consider what Radcliffe, Watson and Grint owe to Rowling. It’s fair to say that none of them would have a career at all if they hadn’t happened to be of the right age and physical appearance to play her characters. Grint is by some distance the more talented actor, if only because he’s merely poor, whereas Radcliffe and Watson actively suck the life out of everything they’re in.

Radcliffe’s career highs include a leaden performance in The Woman in Black and the ridiculous Guns Akimbo, while Watson has conspired to almost ruin a series of high profile movies (including Little Women and The Bling Ring) with her mousy pout and total inability to emote.

But perhaps it’s precisely because they have such a debt to Rowling that they appear complicit in a plan to disown her. Origin stories are all very well for the great, but when you’re a mediocrity, it must really hurt to be reminded that you’re only famous because you caught the train of someone as brilliant as Rowling.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will premiere on HBO Max on New Year’s Day.

By Sarah Ditum 

TOP TEN OF THE DAY

TOP TEN Spider-Man’s best known enemies

We take a look at some of Spider-Man’s best known enemies at their worst

#10 Aaron Davis, a.k.a. Prowler.

#9 Lonnie Lincoln, a.k.a. Tombstone.

#8 Liev Schreiber’s Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin.

#7 Miles Warren, a.k.a. The Jackal.

#6 Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. The Lizard.

#5 Eddie Brock, a.k.a. Venom.

#4 Sergi Kravenoff, a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter.

#3 Dr. Otto Octavius, a.k.a. Doctor Octopus.

#2 Norman Osborne, a.k.a. The Green Goblin.

And, of course, this leaves us with the greatest of all Spider-Man’s enemies…but if not Norman Osborne than who could it be???

#1 Peter Parker, a.k.a. The Amazing Spider-Man.

Let’s face facts: Peter Parker’s greatest enemy is himself. Not only has his infamous “Parker Luck” left his personal life in shambles, we cannot forget that Peter himself set in motion the circumstances that both led to the death of Uncle Ben and his life as a costumed super hero. While many benefited from the wall-crawler’s choice to fight for what’s right, one need only look to the Stacy family and others as proof that the price of being Spider-Man can prove costly.

REMEMBER: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

– Nicolas Chamfort

 INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.” —Arthur Rubinstei

HAPPINESS IS…

Happiness is…is having time for J K Rowling and her books.

GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.”

—Oscar Wilde

LOVE IS…

Love is…when he/she blows you kisses.

TURN…TURN…TURN!

A time to admire J K Rowling…A time to Admire Harry Potter

YOUR HISTORY

22nd November

1764 History credits James Hargreaves with inventing the first Spinning Jenny, but it had been designed and built years before by an obscure artisan from Leigh called Thomas Highs.

1946 The first Biro ballpoint pen went on sale, invented by Hungarian Laszlo Biro and manufactured by a British company.

1977 The world’s first supersonic airliner, Concorde, was given permission to fly into New York’s Kennedy Airport following an agreement over noise levels.

1997 Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of Australian rock band INXS and partner of British television star Paula Yates, was found dead in a hotel in Sydney.

 

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