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Harry Potter Studio Warner Bros Backs JK Rowling Amid Censorship Controversy

Warner Bros has responded after Tom Felton was blocked from asking a question for JK Rowling at a Harry Potter event.

The Draco Malfoy actor promoted a new attraction on the Warner Bros Studo Tour when Sky news asked a question about Rowling, the author who created the wizarding world. She also produced the film series.

In a video shared by the outlet, the studio can be heard blocking journalist Claire Gregory’s question from being answered, sparking controversy over censorship.

At that time, The Telegraph noted that when asked why the question was blocked, Warner Bros.’ response was, “JK Rowling is not affiliated with Warner or Tom Felton. The team felt it wasn’t relevant to the play.”

However, a spokesman for Warner Bros Studio Tour has now spoken out Sky news it was “completely wrong” to prevent the question from being answered. The rep said the tour is “proud” to be collaborating with Rowling, who they called “one of the most accomplished storytellers in the world.”

The statement continued, “Warner Bros Studio Tour London regrets that it happened as part of a media event that day.”

Warner Bros Studio Tour London says it’s ‘proud’ to work with JK Rowling

(Getty Images for Warner Bros.)

The Independent has reached out to Warner Bros Studio Tour London for comment.

Rowling has been mired in controversy in recent years and has come under fire for her comments about transgender people. She faced backlash in June 2020 after calling out the use of the phrase “people who menstruate” in an article.

“I’m sure there used to be a word for these people,” she wrote, adding, “Somebody help me. whoops? wimpund? woomud?”

While there was a contingent of Twitter users supporting Rowling for her tweet, there were many – including numerous celebrities – who slammed her comment as “anti-trans” and “transphobic,” pointing out that trans men, nonbinary and non- Even gender-conforming people can menstruate.

Tom Felton looked embarrassed when he was prevented from answering a question from JK Rowling at the Harry Potter event

(Sky News)

Felton had been asked about Rowling’s absence from numerous Harry Potter events, including the 20th Anniversary special Return to Hogwarts in which Warner Bros seemingly distanced themselves from the author by reusing a tiny amount of archival footage shot years ago.

Rowling, who also writes and produces the Fantastic Beasts films, has repeatedly denied allegations that she is transphobic and has claimed that she “knows and loves” trans people.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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