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JK Rowling posts sarcastic response to planned boycott of Harry Potter TV series

JK Rowling has posted a sarcastic response to calls for a planned boycott of the new Harry Potter TV reboot.

Earlier this month, Warner Bros confirmed they had ordered an “original Harry Potter scripted series” which will be released over a 10-year period, with each season based on one of the seven books.

The show will also feature an all-new cast.

“A faithful adaptation” of the beloved books, the series will stream on Warner Bros.’ Max streaming service. The company also announced that Rowling would serve as the show’s executive producer.

The announcement received mixed reactions online, with some criticizing the use of original design and sound elements. Others have called for boycotting the show because of Rowling’s involvement; the British author’s stance on transgender views has been criticized as transphobic in recent years.

Reacting to the “terrible news”, Rowling wrote on Friday April 21 on Twitter: “The activists in my mentions are trying to organize another boycott of my work, this time of the TV show Harry Potter.

“As warned is warned, I took the precaution of making a large reserve of champagne”, she writes.

When asked if Rowling’s involvement in the new TV series could negatively impact the show at a press event, Max and HBO’s Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys declined to comment. question.

He said: “It’s a very online, very nuanced and complicated conversation and not something we’re going to get into.”

The release of Hogwarts Legacya video game adaptation of Rowling’s Wizarding World in February this year prompted similar boycott calls amid heated online debate.

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Heart stroke Star Sebastian Croft, who voices one of the game’s characters, publicly distanced himself from Rowling’s comments about the transgender community in a statement made at the time.

“I was chosen for this project over three years ago, when Harry Potter was for me, it was the magical world I grew up with. It was long before I knew JK Rowling’s point of view,” he tweeted. “I’m so sorry to anyone who has been hurt by this announcement. There is no LGB without the T.

You can read a full timeline of Rowling’s controversial comments on women’s and transgender rights here.

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