J.K. Rowling became one of the most powerful and beloved writers of our age with her wildly popular Harry Potter books. But she also became one of the most despised people in the world because she holds a belief no one questioned yesterday. And now, she has been unceremoniously banished from the magical world she single-handedly created.
HBO Max announced it will be streaming the four-part special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts starting Jan. 1. But as The Hollywood Reporter notes, the most prominent player in its creation is canceled from the celebration: J.K. Rowling herself.
How could Rowling not be included in her most significant literary child’s milestone birthday party?
Well, the beautiful Hollywood talent that helped bring Rowling’s fantasy stories to the screen don’t want her there because she holds some unorthodox beliefs about male and female. What are those beliefs? Simply that male and female are singular biological realities. But it is not just that she believes this. Her crime is actually that she spoke that conviction out loud. And that made all the wrong people very angry. The Atlantic explained that, by voicing these beliefs, Rowling had become the Dark Lord Voldemort himself. And for that, she is exiled from Harry Potter World at the time of its biggest celebration.
One of the key leaders of this ungrateful denunciation is Emma Watson who famously played the franchise’s Hermione Granger character in all eight films.
One the same day that Rowling posted her brave and extensive thoughts on the objectivity of male and female, Watson ungraciously tweeted this short sermon.
Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) June 10, 2020
She was not alone. The impish Daniel Radcliffe, who played the boy wizard throughout the film franchise, admits “While Jo [Rowling] is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken” he categorically rejects her objectively true and common-sense proclamations on gender, saying they have “tarnished and diminished” people’s “sacred” experience with the books. He adds Rowling’s beliefs have created “pain” and caused readers to lose belief in the idea that “love is the strongest force in the universe” and that “strength is found in diversity.” He and so many of the cast that Rowling’s books have made unspeakably wealthy and famous feel Rowling no longer believes such things and therefore, just don’t want her at the party. How is that for gratitude and respect, not to mention respect for actual diversity of thought?
And all because Ms. Rowling refuses to play make-believe with what it means to be human as male or female. What these extremely talented but ungrateful people fail to appreciate is the profound and ironic truth that Rowling is correctly pointing out here: Saying male and female are not objectively real literally deconstructs the entire, carefully crafted LGBT narrative, not to mention womanhood itself.
If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
And she is precisely correct.
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