J.K. Rowling has become a somewhat divisive figure since taking to social media to share her thoughts on the transgender community, with those comments leading to many of the author's fans wiping their hands with her.
There was a lot of talk about the Hogwarts Legacy video game being boycotted, only for it to quickly break records when it was released. The same sort of chatter has surrounded Warner Bros. and Max's plans for a Harry Potter TV series, but Rowling - who will executive produce the reboot - clearly isn't sweating it.
Here's what she recently Tweeted out about the latest backlash (via SFFGazette.com):
When HBO and Max boss Casey Bloys was recently asked about Rowling's perceived anti-trans views earlier this month, he declined to comment on the controversy.
"That’s a very online conversation, very nuanced and complicated and not something we’re going to get into," he said. "Our priority is what’s on the screen. Obviously, the ‘Harry Potter’ story is incredibly affirmative and positive and about love and self-acceptance. That’s our priority - what’s on screen."
It's important to note that there are those who support the author's views and right to free speech, and actor Jim Broadbent is the latest Harry Potter cast member to speak out in Rowling's defence. "It’s really sad," the Professor Slughorn actor recently told The Telegraph. "I think J.K. Rowling is amazing. I haven’t had to confront [the backlash] myself, but I would support her in that, I think, if it came to it."
While younger cast members have publicly derided the writer, Broadbent now joins the likes of Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes in defending her.
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