Harry Potter fans are torn with many vowing to never give another penny to J.K. Rowling over her transphobic comments.
HBO Max is planning a live-action TV series based on J.K. Rowling’s seven Harry Potter novels, according to reports. The streaming service has "engaged in multiple conversations with potential writers exploring various ideas that would bring the beloved property to television," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The reports stated that HBO Max is in the "extremely early stages" of creating the live-action TV series. This comes at a time when many readers of the fantasy novel have shunned the Harry Potter franchise after taking stock of author J.K. Rowling's transphobic comments. It remains to be seen how the TV series will be received if made.
Warner Bros has already made a multi-billion-dollar film franchise based on Rowling's book, so it'll be interesting to see what HBO Max offers when it potentially makes live-action TV series. Only "broad ideas have been discussed as part of the early-stage exploratory meetings," reported THR. However, HBO Max and Warner Bros. were quick to dismiss the rumors and said they had no such plan. "There is no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform," said the companies in a statement. Spin-offs of popular franchises are making a return with The Mandalorian drawing Star Wars fans to Disney+. Amazon is also looking to create its own live-action spin-off with a Lord of The Rings series that is due to drop on the platform in 2021.
While some of the Harry Potter fans are excited about the potential live-action series of the fantasy novel, many of those who grew up on Rowling's writing has no interest in furthering or supporting any idea that adds to J.K. Rowling's wealth. The author came under heavy criticism in the wake of her transphobic comments. While there was previous evidence of Rowling supporting transphobic statements, it hit home only after she commented on a story titled: Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate. Rowling, who wasn't ready to accept that there are men who menstruate or accept the existence of trans women who didn't menstruate, stated, "People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"
It’s time to do the “Stop enabling JK Rowling from getting royalties challenge” https://t.co/RvMvCM4Jlc— Barra | BLM (@ThatBmanGuy) January 25, 2021
She came under fire for her comments but she doubled down, by writing an essay that further hurt the trans community. Earlier she was criticized for backing a researcher who lost her job due to a series of transphobic tweets. Rowling was labeled a Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) at the time. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who played the protagonists in the movie franchise of her novels, condemned her transphobic comments. "Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people," wrote Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, on The Trevor Project's website.
man, a few years ago I would've lost my SHIT over an HBO Harry Potter show. I've been saying for a decade that it would be perfect for a long-form, high-budget series.— Ginny Di&D (@itsginnydi) January 25, 2021
but since that show will put money into the pockets of an unapologetically transphobic piece of garbage... nty
"If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe... that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, non-binary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life - then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred."
This comes at a time when the third film of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, a Harry Potter spin-off is under production and due for release in theaters on July 15, 2022. Hogwarts Legacy an upcoming open-world, action RPG video game set in the Harry Potter universe during the late 1800s, is also set to make its debut on gaming platforms in 2022.
Okay see, there’s a difference between still being a Harry Potter fan/keeping your fandom mementos while also denouncing JK Rowling,— steph 🍭 (@queermurphys) January 25, 2021
and this, which is ACTIVELY giving her MORE money and not showing her any real consequences for her repeatedly HARMFUL transphobia.
I’m tired. https://t.co/BcAR1DIbfe