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Warner Bros defended JK Rowling after a Sky News reporter was blocked during an interview with Tom Felton

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Warner Bros has defended JK Rowling, who is increasingly under scrutiny for her stance on women’s rights and gender.

It jumped to the author’s side after a Sky News reporter was blocked from asking Tom Felton about Rowling on Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’s 25th anniversary.

Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, sat in silence while an outside PR said ‘next question please’ off-screen when asked about Rowling’s absence from the birthday celebrations.

When asked why the questioning was cut short, the outside PR team said, “JK Rowling is not affiliated with Warner or Tom Felton, the team felt it was irrelevant to the piece.”

But Warner Bros. responded to this statement, telling MailOnline it was “totally wrong” and saying the studio is “proud” of working with “one of the world’s most talented storytellers” on both the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. series over the past 20 years.

Warner Bros has defended JK Rowling (pictured at the world premiere of the film Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” in London in March), who has become increasingly critical of her stance on women’s rights and gender.

Harry Potter's Tom Felton stared blankly after reporter asked him to comment on JK Rowling's absence from anniversary celebration

Harry Potter’s Tom Felton stared blankly after reporter asked him to comment on JK Rowling’s absence from anniversary celebration

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling published 25 years ago

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling published 25 years ago

Felton was interviewed on camera this week in the Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature 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 movie, still the face of the franchise, if you will.

‘We speak and hear from you. JK clearly has more of a backseat now. Is it strange that she’s around this sort of thing?’

But before the star, 34, could answer, an off-screen PR person was heard saying “next question please.”

Felton stared blankly and fiddled with his hands as the reporter laughed and replied, “Oh, okay.”

Earlier in the week, an outside PR said Monday they “deemed it irrelevant” to ask Felton about JK Rowling – despite the chat being about the release of the author’s first book.

Warner Bros – who has worked with the author on the Harry Potter films and during the Fantastic Beasts franchise that recently released The Secrets of Dumbledore and is planning more Wizarding World films – responded to these comments.

After being contacted on Monday, a Warner Bros. spokesperson said. Studio Tour London today to MailOnline: ‘Warner Bros. has had a creative, productive and satisfying partnership with JK Rowling for the past 20 years.

She is one of the world’s most talented storytellers, and we are 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

Felton pictured at the world premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore in March

‘On Monday, an external media agency issued a statement that seemed to contradict this view. The statement was completely false and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London regrets that it happened that day as part of a media event.”

JK Rowling – the mastermind behind the seven bestselling Harry Potter books – has come under intense scrutiny over her stance on women’s rights and gender.

The author believes that women and girls should be entitled to same-sex spaces under certain circumstances, which has put her at the center of transphobic rows in recent years.

Rowling, 56, was accused of transphobia after mocking an online article in June 2020 that used the words “menstruating people” instead of “women.”

She later defended herself against the claims in a passionate essay – but has since been criticized by some.

Writer JK Rowling has faced accusations of transphobia over her views on women and girls in recent years.

Writer JK Rowling has faced accusations of transphobia over her views on women and girls in recent years.

Felton was interviewed on camera this week in the Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature (seen in the photo) at Warner Brothers Studios when the gaffe happened.

Felton was interviewed on camera this week in the Mandrakes and Magical Creatures feature (seen in the photo) at Warner Brothers Studios when the gaffe happened.

Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Felton, who plays Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

In a story following the Tom Felton interview, Sky News said, “PRs cannot and should not — for a variety of reasons, not least freedom of the press — dictate the editorial direction of Sky News.”

Earlier this year, Attorney General Suella Braverman praised JK Rowling for her take on transgender issues, saying schools should not give in to students who see themselves in a different birth gender.

The Tory minister said the Harry Potter author was a ‘heroine’ for campaigning for female-only spaces for women born and added that schools should be able to treat all children based on their birth gender.

She said schools should not address trans students by their chosen pronouns or wear a school uniform of a different gender.

And she added that since children under 18 cannot legally change their gender, schools have the right to treat all children based on their birth gender.

The attorney general also told The Times that Rowling, who has been heavily criticized for her views on gender, is “very brave, very courageous” and that she is on “her side” on the trans issue.

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