JK Rowling is not mentioned at all in the Fantastic Beasts trailer. This comes amid ongoing transphobia arguments that have seen her cancel.
Yesterday’s trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ features the captions Warner Bros invites’ instead of ‘J.K Rowling invitations’ as seen in other teasers.
Rowling’s name is mentioned in the trailer in a small publishing note. This is despite Rowling having written and produced the film. It was due for release April 2022.
It comes amid the latest row over the Harry Potter writer’s comments on transgender rights after she criticised Police Scotland for saying it will record rapes by offenders with a penis as being committed by a woman if the attacker ‘identifies as a female’.
Rowling replied to Police Scotland by tweeting, ‘War Is Peace. Freedom is slavery. It is not easy to be ignorant. It is a woman who has been Penerated for rape.
She made these comments in reference to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, which is a dystopian novel that describes a government that manipulates the truth to control its citizens.
JK Rowling has been removed from the prominent credits of the trailer for Fantastic Beasts 2, due to be released in April 2022
After mocking an article online in June 2020 that used the phrase “people who menstruate” instead of “women”, 56-year-old author was accused of transphobia.
Later, she defended herself in passionate essays against these claims but continues to be criticised.
She was again subject to transphobia in September 2020 when it became clear that Troubled Blood, Rowling’s latest novel, is about a serial killer male who disguises himself as a female to kill his victims.
The Daily Telegraph published an initial review of the book that was 900 pages long. The critic said the book’s moral’moral appears to be: Never Trust a Man in a Dress’. This prompted immediate criticism online.
The comments were followed by Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint (Emma Watson), Daniel Radcliffe, and Eddie Redmayne. Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts films.
Rupert Grint (pictured with Rowling July 2011, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe) have criticised Rowling’s comments regarding Harry Potter.
In March Rupert Grint (who plays Ron Weasley) said that Rowling’s comments made him feel he had to speak out for transgender individuals.
Although he wasn’t an expert on the topic, he said he felt that he was responsible for speaking out to support the trans community since silence is more loud than words.
Rowling, who is highly controversial in her view of Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, will not be attending the Harry Potter 20th reunion.
According to a release, it will feature Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe – both of whom haven’t made public appearances together since July 2011 when the first premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released. It also features Chris Columbus who directed the film.
However, the release did not include JK Rowling (author of characters), who was criticized for her opinions on transgender persons.
Rowling would be seen in archive footage dating back to the making of the original movie. However, she will not appear in the special.
JK Rowling’s absence at the Harry Potter 20th anniversary celebration is notable in light her views. Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will however appear.