J.K. Rowling has been cyber-bullied for years because of her personal views on sex and gender. Now LGBT activists are threatening to boycott the new Harry Potter TV show where Rowling will be the executive producer.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series, has faced a significant amount of criticism and backlash from LGBT activists due to her comments on transgender issues. Some activists have taken their disapproval to an extreme level by verbally attacking and abusing Rowling online, going against the principles of tolerance they ask for themselves.
Now the attacks are targeted toward the new Harry Potter TV show. Warner Bros Discovery CEO, David Zaslav, announced the live-action production will be a decade-long series with each season focusing on one book. A cast has not been chosen yet, but the actors playing Harry, Ron, and Hermione have moved on from the franchise. Hopefully, this time the readers will get to meet Peeves the poltergeist and Winky the house elf, which sounds plausible following J.K. Rowling's statement that said:
“Max’s commitment to preserving the integrity of my books is important to me, and I’m looking forward to being part of this new adaptation which will allow for a degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long-form television series.”
However, Wizarding News (@HPANA) tweeted: “Any new Harry Potter TV show made with or by JK Rowling will be met with loud and constant protest. It will not be pleasant, and all of it will be leaked ahead of release anyways.”
A new game called Hogwarts Legacy has also been boycotted but ended up being a massive success for Warner Bros, with over 12 million copies sold since its release in February 2023. Piracy of the upcoming Harry Potter TV show is expected with or without threats from the activists and its success is inevitable. The cancel culture failed to take down Rowling every time, despite death threats, book-burning sessions, book banning, or Twitter reports of her posts.
This comes after Rowling, a supporter of vulnerable classes including the LGBT community, stood against hormone therapy in children and showed her wishes to preserve the value and individuality of biological women. In an open letter published in June 2020 Rowling states:
“We’re living through the most misogynistic period I’ve experienced. Back in the 80s, I imagined that my future daughters, should I have any, would have it far better than I ever did, but between the backlash against feminism and a porn-saturated online culture, I believe things have got significantly worse for girls. Never have I seen women denigrated and dehumanised to the extent they are now. […] Everywhere, women are being told to shut up and sit down, or else.
[…] It isn’t enough for women to be trans allies. Women must accept and admit that there is no material difference between trans women and themselves.
But, as many women have said before me, ‘woman’ is not a costume. ‘Woman’ is not an idea in a man’s head. ‘Woman’ is not a pink brain, a liking for Jimmy Choos or any of the other sexist ideas now somehow touted as progressive. Moreover, the ‘inclusive’ language that calls female people ‘menstruators’ and ‘people with vulvas’ strikes many women as dehumanising and demeaning. I understand why trans activists consider this language to be appropriate and kind, but for those of us who’ve had degrading slurs spat at us by violent men, it’s not neutral, it’s hostile and alienating.”
Despite her struggles, Rowling has fought against the bullies with wit and irony and is surrounded by millions of fans including people from the LGBT community.