Warner Bros. standing by Harry Potter author JK Rowling following an incident between an outside PR representative and Sky News. According to Varietythe PR representative, who is not for Warner Bros. works but was acting on behalf of the studio at the time, Sky News blocked from asking Harry Potter star Tom Felton on Rowling at a press event for the Warner Bros. expansion. Studio Tour London — The Making of Harry Potter attraction.
According to the report, the rep blocked a question that it was “strange” for Rowling to have taken more “back seat” regarding the Harry Potter franchise and later Sky News received an email from the outside PR firm stating “JK Rowling is not affiliated with Warner or Tom Felton, the team felt it was irrelevant to the piece.” However, Warner Bros.’ statement reaffirms Rowling’s connection to the studio and the franchise, calling the statement “all wrong”.
“Warner Bros. has had a creative, productive and fulfilling partnership with JK Rowling over the past 20 years. She is one of the world’s most talented storytellers and we are proud to be the studio to bring her vision, characters and stories alive now – and for decades to come. On Monday, a statement released by an outside media agency that appeared to contradict this opinion. The statement was completely wrong, and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London regrets that it happened as part of a media event that day.”
Rowling has become sort of divisive in recent years due to the author’s controversial transphobic comments. a lot of the Harry Potter cast, including stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, have all denounced Rowling’s comments. Even beyond the controversy, Rowling also didn’t appear in HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special that brought together many of the cast and more, nor did Rowling contribute a new, filmed interview for the special, although it was later clarified that Rowling had been invited to participate, but her team decided that existing, previous comments from the author were sufficient . The special ended up using archival footage of Rowling from 2019.
Concerning the Harry Potter franchise, the newest movie in that total universe, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which hit theaters earlier this year, fell short of box office expectations. The film has been performing well on streaming ever since, jumping to the top of the Nielsen charts for the week it debuted on HBO Max in late May.
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