Critics say Harry Potter reunion special missing ‘key ingredient’ without JK Rowling

Critics say Harry Potter reunion special missing ‘key ingredient’ without JK Rowling
There has been speculation that Rowling has been distanced from reunion due to her views about the trans community

Reviewers have been critical about JKローリング’s distance from the highly anticipated ハリーポッター reunion special.

In some reviews of Return To Hogwarts, which is set to premiere on 1 1月 2022, critics noted that the reunion special was “missing a key ingredient” in reference to the author of the novels on which the films are based.

There has been some speculation that Rowling has been distanced from the reunion due to her views about the trans community, with tabloid reports claiming that she had been “snubbed” by the show’s producers.

過去数年間で, Rowling has come under fire for her comments on gender identity. 今月上旬, the author reacted to news that police in Scotland would record rape cases based on the attacker’s self-declared gender identity, with a caption that many said was “upsetting and disappointing”.

Rowling’s caption read: “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penis-ed Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman.”

Rowling’s name does not appear on any of the promotional material for Return To Hogwarts and she does not make an in-person appearance. Rowling can, しかしながら, be seen in a video clip – filmed in 2019 – discussing the process of casting the famous boy wizard.

In a review for the 電信, Ed Power wrote: “What’s ultimately missing is any genuine insight into Harry and what it was about him that transfixed so many readers. そして, 正直に言うと, only JK Rowling could have offered that kind of insight.”

彼が追加した: “Even a muggle will have concluded that the lack of time given to Rowling in this documentary has something to do with the public rebuke by the series’ stars [ダニエル・ラドクリフ, Emma Watson and ルパート・グリント] in response to her views on trans people.”

Radcliffe and Grint have publicly denounced Rowling’s comments in the past.

Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Ruper Grint, with author JK Rowling

A critic for バラエティ 書きました: 「「ホグワーツに戻る is smart to emphasise how these adaptations came together and impacted the world as blockbuster movies more than how Rowling’s vision inspired it.”

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In an otherwise positive, four-star review of the “long, twinkly, nostalgic love-fest”, タイムズ’s critic noted that leaving Rowling out was a “key and strange omission”.

独立者 了解しました that cast members do, 実際には, address the importance of Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

“I think it’s very easy to forget that at the time, people were talking about ‘the death of reading’,” Radcliffe says at one point.

Robbie Coltrane – who plays Hagrid – adds: “One of the many reasons I admire JK so much is that millions now read books who would never have lifted a book up in their lives, and you suddenly realise the power of writing.”

The special will be streamed exclusively on Sky and will be available to watch on NOW from the morning of New Year’s Day (1 1月), イギリスで.


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