J.K. Rowling, the author and filmmaker who gained critical recognition for her “Harry Potter” book and film franchise, returned to Hollywood in 2016 as a producer and screenplay writer for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Rowling went on to co-produce the sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” in 2018 and work on the franchise’s third film, “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore,” which just opened in London.
While Rowling looked stunning on the red carpet, her attendance comes after a flurry of contentious media exchanges between her and the transgender community, whose members are calling for the author’s cancellation.
J.K. Rowling Walked The Red carpet
J.K. Rowling attended the premiere of “Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” at The Royal Festival Hall in London on Tuesday, following her noteworthy absence from the previous “Harry Potter” reunion special.
The author looked stunning on the red carpet in a navy-blue gown with silver detail and a daring elevated slit, complete with a complimentary net cloak. She also adorned herself with silver peep-toe shoes and a pair of striking silver earrings to complete her ensemble. The 56-year old sported sparkly eye shadow, eyeliner, and rose lips for her facials, which gave her red-carpet look one of premium elegance.
Several cast members from the film were in attendance, including Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Mads Mikkelsen, Katherine Waterston, Fiona Glascott, Maria Fernanda Cândido, Alison Sudol, Jessica Williams, and Maja Bloom. Additionally, Tom Felton, who starred as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, was also present at the event.
Rowling Has Received Backlash From The Transgender Community
While Rowling’s new film will bring her back into the spotlight in Hollywood, she has been stirring controversy on social media for her views on transgender people and her opposition to legislation to aid the legal process for trans persons to alter their biological identities.
In the past, the author sent out a series of tweets aimed at the transgender community, which has resulted in a lot of anger from them. One of the tweets criticized the Scottish police force over a proposed modification to their guiding regulations that would allow rapists to self-identify as women.
“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman,” she once penned on Twitter.
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?
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— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
Another tweet made fun of an article that referenced women as “people who menstruate.” Rowling Wrote, “…I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, And Rupert Grint Have Criticized Rowling’s Transgender Remarks
Before the annual International Women’s Day celebration, Rowling railed against proposed amendments to Scotland’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill. Despite making statements that seem to represent her in that way, she continues to deny being transphobic.
Former cast members of the “Harry Potter” franchise have slammed the author despite their long-term involvement in the film series. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are among those who have come out against Rowling’s widely panned views towards the transgender community.
The trio of celebrities has also shown their support for the community, issuing many remarks that urged the public not to discriminate against transgender persons, stating that they are all entitled to live in love and without judgment.
Fans Are Anticipating The Cinematic Release of “Fantastic Beast” Three
Despite the current aura of controversy surrounding Rowling, it has yet to have an impact on her latest work. Following its global debut, fans of the “Harry porter” franchise are excitedly anticipating the release of Fantastic Beast 3 in theaters.
The film’s official summary provided a sneak glimpse at the script play for the forthcoming release, which picks off where the previous sequel left off.
It read as per IGN,” Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) knows the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Mads Mikkelsen) is moving to seize control of the wizarding world. Unable to stop him alone, he entrusts Magizoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) to lead an intrepid team of wizards, witches, and one brave Muggle baker on a dangerous mission, where they encounter old and new beasts and clash with Grindelwald’s growing legion of followers. But with the stakes so high, how long can Dumbledore remain on the sidelines?
“Fantastic Beast: The Secrets of Dumbledore” will debut in the theaters on April 8, 2022.