The premiere on HBO Max of the “Harry Potter” reunion has stirred up a very complex issue: the relationship of the team and cast of the film saga with the author of the books, JK Rowling. The writer has spent years publicly expressing her views on language, biology and identity in relation to trans people, but especially women, a position that has generated a lot of criticism and little support in the industry and for which, it seems, she has been distanced from her own universe. In the summer of 2020, a large part of the protagonists of the films, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, publicly positioned themselves against her words and the latter has recently pointed out that he loves her like an aunt, although he is not necessarily agree with everything you say.
The last to join the debate has been Jason Isaacs, Lucius Malfoy in the franchise, although he has been very cautious and restrained in his words in an interview with The Telegraph. “I don’t want to get involved in trans issues by talking about them because it’s an extraordinarily minefield,” says Isaac, who does not venture to take a firm stand until he speaks directly to Rowling: “Even though she’s said some very controversial things, I wasn’t going to jump in and stab her in the front or in the back without having a conversation with her that I haven’t managed to have yet.”
highlighting the good
Isaac therefore refused to talk about the growing criticism against the writer, but he did want to point out the exceptional humanitarian work that Rowling has carried out these years through various initiatives: “One of the things that people should also know about her, not as a counterargument, is that he has invested a huge amount of his fortune in making the world a much better place for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children through his charity Lumos. And that is unequivocally good. Many of us, the actors of ‘Harry Potter’, have worked for it and we have seen in situ the work that they do”. Rowling founded Lumos, an international NGO that promotes the end of the institutionalization of children, in 2005 together with MEP Emma Nicholson, in addition to establishing a fund in 2000 to support women, children and young people at risk of social exclusion. , the Volant Charitable Trust, and has also donated up to $14 million annually to medical causes such as multiple sclerosis research.
In addition to participating in the space ‘Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts’, Isaacs will be seen very soon in ‘The weapon of deception’, which opens in Spain probably at the end of April, and also in the series ‘Good Sam’ of CBS, although there is still no network here to broadcast it. He is also working on the movies ‘Mind-set’, ‘Agent Game’, ‘Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris’ and ‘Spinning Gold’, all reportedly due in 2022.