Warner Bros has defended JK Rowling, who is under intense scrutiny for her stance on women’s rights and gender.
He jumped to the author’s side after a Sky News reporter was prevented from asking Tom Felton about Rowling on the 25th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, sat in silence as a third-party PR said ‘next question please’ off-screen when asked about Rowling’s absence at birthday celebrations.
After being asked why the round of questions had been cut short, the third-party PR team said: “JK Rowling is not related to Warner or Tom Felton, the team felt that this is not was irrelevant to the article.”
But Warner Bros responded to the statement and told MailOnline it was ‘completely untrue’ and said the studio was ‘proud’ to work with ‘one of the world’s most accomplished storytellers’ on the Harry series. Potter and Fantastic Beasts over the past 20 years.
Warner Bros has defended JK Rowling (pictured at the world premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ in London in March) who has come under scrutiny over her stance on women’s rights and gender
Harry Potter’s Tom Felton stared after the reporter asked him to comment on JK Rowling’s absence from the birthday celebrations
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling published 25 years ago
Felton was being interviewed on camera this week during the Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature film at Warner Brothers Studios when the gaffe happened.
During the interview, Sky’s Claire Gregory said, “And you’re kind of, you’re still, you and the other stars of the film, still the face of the franchise, if you will.”
“We talk and hear about you guys. JK obviously has some sort of backseat now. Is it strange that she’s here for things like that?
But before the star, 34, could utter a response, an off-screen PR person was heard saying “next question please”.
Felton stared and waved his hands as the reporter was forced to laugh and respond, “Oh okay.”
Earlier in the week, a third-party PR said on Monday it “felt it was irrelevant” to ask Felton about JK Rowling – although the discussion is about the release of the author’s first book.
However, Warner Bros – which has worked with the author on the Harry Potter films and during the Fantastic Beasts franchise which recently released Secrets of Dumbledore and is planning more Wizarding World movies – has responded to those comments.
After being contacted on Monday, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. Studio Tour London told MailOnline today: ‘Warner Bros. has enjoyed a creative, productive and fulfilling partnership with JK Rowling over the past 20 years.
“She is one of the most accomplished storytellers in the world, and we’re proud to be the studio bringing her vision, characters, and stories to life now — and for decades to come.
Felton pictured at the world premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore in March
“On Monday a statement was released by a third-party news agency which appeared to contradict this view. The statement was totally untrue and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London regrets that this happened in the context of a media event this that day.
JK Rowling – the mastermind behind all seven Harry Potter bestsellers – has come under scrutiny for her stance on women’s rights and gender.
The author believes that in certain circumstances, women and girls should be entitled to gender-separated spaces, which has led her to be at the center of transphobic feuds in recent years.
Rowling, 56, has been accused of transphobia after mocking an online post in June 2020 that used the words ‘menstruating’ instead of ‘women’.
She later defended herself against the claims in an impassioned essay – but has since come under fire from some.
Writer JK Rowling has been accused of transphobia in recent years because of her beliefs about women and girls
Felton was being interviewed on camera this week during the Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature (seen pictured) at Warner Brothers Studios when the blunder happened
Felton, playing Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
In an article after Tom Felton’s interview, Sky News said: ‘Public relations does not and should not – for all sorts of reasons including freedom of the press – dictate the editorial direction of Sky News.’
Earlier this year, Attorney General Suella Braverman praised JK Rowling for her perspective on transgender issues, as she said schools shouldn’t have to pander to students who see themselves in a different birth sex.
The Tory minister said the Harry Potter author was a ‘heroine’ for campaigning for female-friendly spaces for born women and added that schools should be able to treat all children according to their birth gender.
She said schools should not address trans students by their chosen pronouns or allow them to wear a school uniform of a different gender.
And she added that since those under 18 cannot legally change gender, schools have the right to treat all children according to their birth gender.
The attorney general also told The Times that Rowling, who has come under heavy criticism for her views on gender, is “very brave, very brave” and is “on her side” on the trans issue.