JK Rowling left out of Harry Potter 20th anniversary TV special with stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

The original Hogwarts wizarding trio are reuniting to recount their adventures from two decades ago.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will join filmmaker Chris Columbus and other cast members from all eight Harry Potter films for the first time in an HBO Max retrospective special, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise’s first film, which was released in November 2001.

But one muggle missing from the line-up will be Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who will not be among those making a personal appearance on the show.

JK Rowling holding a Harry Potter book

Rowling’s name was not included in the Warner Bros announcement on Tuesday but she will feature in archive footage that will be shown in the special, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Rowling’s opinions on transgender issues in the last year have been a cause of controversy, with some in the LGBTQ community accusing her of transphobia.

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Her statements regarding the transgender community in recent years have alienated fans and “Potter” alums alike.

Last year, star Radcliffe responded to Rowling’s controversial tweets about gender identity, which some labelled as transphobic, in an essay for the Trevor Project.

“Transgender women are women,” he wrote.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint attend the World Premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 in Trafalgar Square on July 7, 2011 in London, England.

“Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo (Rowling) or I.”

Some of those who will be appearing in Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts include: Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black).

Director Chris Columbus and other stars of the eight movies will join the former child actors for the TV special to be recorded on the movie set in London where the first film was made.

The retrospective will see the cast return to the original Hogwarts boarding school sets that were featured in the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

The film franchise based on Rowling’s stories about an orphaned boy with magical powers took in some $10.7 billion at the global box office.

On November 17, the 20th anniversary of the movie’s premiere, leading lady Emma Watson penned a heartfelt message about the film that changed her life.

“Harry Potter was my home, my family, my world and Hermione (still is) my favourite fictional character of all time,” she began.

In a tribute to her co-stars, the actress added: “I am proud not just of what we as group contributed as actors to the franchise but also as the children that became young adults that walked that path.”

“I look at my fellow cast members now and I am just so proud of who everyone has become as people,” she said.


Watson also thanked fans for their support, saying “the magic of the world wouldn’t exist without you.”

The TV special will be broadcast on January 1 on streaming platform HBO Max in the US. Any Australian air date details are not known as yet.

The TV special is just one of several 20th anniversary events planned by Warner Bros, including a TV quiz contest for Potter fans hosted by Helen Mirren, which will include cameo appearances by some of the cast and celebrity fans including comedians Pete Davidson and Jay Leno.

– Reported with Reuters, Variety and CNN.

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