Nearly the entire cast and crew of the Harry Potter films returned for the 20th anniversary reunion special that aired earlier this year,
with many of them meeting after years. However, a glaring omission was noticed by several spectators.
JK Rowling, the author of the bestselling book series that served as the basis for the films, who created the character, was absent from the special.
Many believed the author was requested to decline because of recent controversy surrounding her opinions on the LGBTQ community.
In January, HBO Max broadcast Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. Back then,
EW had reported that Rowling had declined to take part because her team thought the writer's archival comments were sufficient.
There were rumours that the producers had urged the author not to take part because of the controversy that her recent comments regarding trans people had caused.
Rowling confirmed in a recent podcast interview with talk show host Graham Norton, "I was invited to appear on that.
" I made the decision that I didn't want to do it. To be sure, I believed it was more about the movies than the texts.
The author also stated that, contrary to popular belief, no one asked her not to attend the reunion.