Watch: Talks of a new Harry Potter TV show on HBO Max
The author was accused of transphobia last year after comments she made on social media about gender identity.
According to The Hollywood Reporter HBO Max is in the early stages of developing a live action TV series based on Rowling’s books about boy wizard Harry and his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
But some Harry Potter fans are threatening to boycott any such show to prevent Rowling benefitting from any royalties.
Steph Kyriacou wrote: “Okay see, there’s a difference between still being a Harry Potter fan/keeping your fandom mementos while also denouncing JK Rowling, and this, which is ACTIVELY giving her MORE money and not showing her any real consequences for her repeatedly HARMFUL transphobia. I’m tired.”
Alisha tweeted: “Ugh i wish the Harry Potter series would be possible without supporting JK Rowling. [sic]”
Elle M posted: “JK Rowling will profit from any and all new Harry Potter-related media. If you spend money consuming that media, you are giving JK Rowling money. That's it. That's the tweet.”
Sara Clements said: “Harry Potter was the biggest part of my childhood and if it weren’t for the fact that JK Rowling is transphobic a**hole I would be so excited for this but really..... who’s even going to watch this now? What’s the point?”
Chad Kukahiko tweeted: “It makes me very sad, but the #transphobia of @jk_rowling makes it impossible for me to pay another dime directly or give any streaming fees for the upcoming #HarryPotter TV series that's in development. I just pray she sees the error of her ways & apologies before it comes out.”
Rowling, 55, was accused of transphobia after a series of posts on Twitter last June, responding to a story with a headline which read: “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”
She tweeted: “‘People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
She went on to defend her comments saying: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
Rowling was criticised for her remarks by Harry Potter stars including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne.
Rowling’s series of seven children’s novels about the boy wizard were turned into a successful movie franchise by Warner Bros between 2001 and 2011, and a further spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on a fictional textbook within the original novels is still ongoing.
Watch: A new ‘Harry Potter’ TV show is in the pipeline