Harry Potter fans were elated in early 2022 when the original Harry Potter cast reunited for the special anniversary feature Return to Hogwarts† Seeing the golden trio – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint – reunite in the Gryffindor common room, fans wondered if there will ever be a reboot of the original franchise.
Of course, fans will settle for nothing less than seeing the original actors reprise their roles, most likely as future versions of their famous characters. Some fans would reportedly like to see Harry as a “divorced and depressed middle-aged auror”.
While most of the cast have shared how much they loved being in the franchise and said yes to returning when the time came, Watson will reportedly return on only one condition to reprise her role as Hermione.
Would Emma Watson ever return to the Harry Potter franchise?
pop culture website Giant Freakin Robot has claimed that Emma Watson will only return to join the franchise in an official capacity on one condition: if Harry Potter author JK Rowling will in no way be part of the franchise.
JK Rowling came under fire in 2020 when she commented on gender identity on Twitter. Her comments were widely seen as transphobic and harmful to members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
The author responded to an op-ed she retweeted; the article was titled “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate”. Retweeting the opinion, Rowling wrote, “People who menstruate.” I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me. wumben? Wimp? Woomud?”
When Twitter users labeled her words transphobic, Rowling responded in support of the “sex is real” ideology.
“If sex is not real, there is no same-sex attraction. If sex is not real, the lived reality of women worldwide is obliterated,” she wrote. “I know and love transgender people, but erasing the concept of sex deprives many of the ability to talk meaningfully about their lives. It is not hatred to speak the truth.”
Rowling continued: “The idea that women like me, who have been empathetic to transgender people for decades, feel kinship because they are vulnerable in the same way as women — that is, to male violence — ‘hate’ transgender people because they think sex is real. is and has had consequences – is nonsense.”
She added that she “respects every trans person’s right to live in a way that feels authentic and comfortable” before stating that her “life has been shaped by being a woman. I don’t think it’s hateful to say that.” .”
The author has never retracted the comments and continues to share her views on gender identity on social media. In response, the LGBTQIA+ community has continued to criticize its stance as harmful.
Where is Emma Watson with JK Rowling?
The relationship between Emma Watson and JK Rowling seemed strong and positive during the years when the Harry Potter franchise was in production, and in subsequent years. But when Rowling made her first comments about gender identity in 2020, Watson, along with her Harry Potter co-stars, seemed to publicly condemn the author’s views.
“Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they are not who they say they are,” Watson said in 2020.
Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe also wrote a blog post, published by The Trevor Project in July 2020, speaking out against the author:
“Transgender women are women. Any claim to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice from professional healthcare organizations that have much more expertise in this area.”
JK Rowling was noticeably absent from the reunion special Return to Hogwartswhich aired in 2022.
How Emma Watson felt about returning to Hogwarts
While Emma Watson may not want to return to reprise her role as Hermione if JK Rowling is involved in the Harry Potter franchise, she was happy to reunite with her old castmates for Return to Hogwarts†
“It was emotional and also intense to see such an intimate moment so close,” Watson said Fashion about what it was like to be back in the Gryffindor common room with Radcliffe and Grint.
“I was especially happy to have a mediator who could ask us these questions and see how we had handled things differently – and in the same way. I love that we remembered different things.”
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