With the relative failure of the Fantastic Beasts movies, many people have been speculating about the future of the Wizarding Universe. Fans believe that the saga will “go back to basics” after careless steps. But Emma Watson – the interpreter of Hermione – will only accept to return to the Harry Potter franchise if an important condition is met.
Nowadays, the Harry Potter saga is going through one of the most troubled moments in its history. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, for example, failed to win over the specialized critics, and guaranteed only modest values at the box office.
In addition, the franchise is also hampered by controversies in the cast and by the intolerant statements of the writer JK Rowling. Harry Potter actors and actresses, for their part, do their best to distance themselves from the controversies.
We explain below how Emma Watson can return to Harry Potter and the condition that the actress has set for her return.
Emma Watson has one condition to return for Harry Potter
According to sources consulted by an American website, the return of Emma Watson to the Harry Potter franchise depends only on the departure of JK Rowling.
In 2020, the writer caused the wrath of fans by making transphobic comments and posts on Twitter.
Even after the backlash from fans, JK Rowling didn’t back down. On the contrary, as time went by, the writer began to make more and more transphobic statements.
The comments, unsurprisingly, also affected the Harry Potter casting. On social media, several actors and actresses from the series have spoken out against Rowling’s thinking.
Emma Watson, the interpreter of Hermione, was one of them. Still in 2020, the actress publicly condemned the writer’s statements.
“Trans people are who they say they are, and deserve to lead their lives without being constantly questioned,” Watson commented.
Daniel Radcliffe, the eternal Harry Potter, also took a stand against JK Rowling. In a post on social media, the actor specifically cited trans women, who have become the main targets of the writer’s attacks.
“Trans women are women. Any statement to the contrary undermines the identity and dignity of transgender people, and also goes against all information provided by health professionals and associations that have much more experience in the field,” commented the actor.
Notably, JK Rowling did not participate in the Back to Hogwarts special, released by HBO Max.
The writer’s only statements that appear in the documentary were recorded in 2019, prior to her growing wave of transphobia on social media.
In Back to Hogwarts, Emma Watson didn’t talk about JK Rowling. The actress, on the other hand, said she was happy for the reunion with her co-stars.
“It’s emotional and intense to have such an intimate moment watched so closely. I was happy that we had a facilitator to ask these questions and realize how different – or similar – our perspectives were,” revealed Watson.
You can watch all the Harry Potter movies, along with the Back at Hogwarts special, on HBO Max.