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American film producers are planning new Harry Potter movie

Movie producers plan Harry Potter series that would cast trans woman as wizard’s mother amid JK Rowling gender row

  • The awakened version of Harry Potter will be filmed in America in June and July
  • Many of the characters are played by transgender and non-binary actors
  • The producers plan to broadcast the production online as a web series
  • However, the producers could be sued by JK Rowling if they use her characters



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Film producers are planning a wake-up version of the Harry Potter films in which the magical characters are played by transgender and non-binary actors.

In what will be seen by many as a challenge to JK Rowling, who was attacked for questioning the claim that trans women are identical to biological women, the filmmakers are looking for a more diverse lineup for the lead roles.

They insist that some characters for the new versions – which will be broadcast as a “web series” – cannot be played by white actors, including the lead role of James Potter, father of the young wizard Harry.

According to casting notes, that role will only be open to an actor of “Asian, Black, African descent, ethnically ambiguous, multiracial, Indigenous peoples, Latino, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, South Asian, Indian, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander.” ‘. Producers have not specified who they want to play Lily Evans, Harry’s mother, but have said they want a “gender-nonconforming, non-binary, trans female.”

American film producers are planning to release a new Harry Potter film with transgender and non-binary actors.  Pictured, original cast members Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, who are not involved in this new production

American film producers are planning to release a new Harry Potter film with transgender and non-binary actors. Pictured, original cast members Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, who are not involved in this new production

JK Rowling, pictured, allegedly disallowed the film's producers to use her creations, leading to the possibility of a lawsuit with Ms. Rowling protecting her copyright

JK Rowling, pictured, allegedly disallowed the film's producers to use her creations, leading to the possibility of a lawsuit with Ms. Rowling protecting her copyright

JK Rowling, pictured, allegedly disallowed the film’s producers to use her creations, leading to the possibility of a lawsuit with Ms. Rowling protecting her copyright

Casting sheets for Sirius Black, originally played by Gary Oldman in the film adaptations, call for a non-white actor.

All genders can audition for the role. The project’s creator, TikTok video producer Megan Mckelli, said: “We want to reflect the diversity of the fanbase in his beloved characters, by introducing people of color, queer storylines and characters of different religions.”

But the US-based producers will almost certainly face a legal battle from Ms. Rowling, who is believed not to have given permission to use her characters.

Although the filmmakers wrote their own script, in which Harry – played by Daniel Radliffe in the original films alongside Emma Watson as Hermione Granger and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley – is not the main character, it is based on the books written by Ms. Rowling, who guards her copyright.

Her characters, such as Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Marlene McKinnon and Dorcas Meadowes, will be featured in the series, which will be shot in the Pacific Northwest region of America in June and July.

Lupine, producers say, can be played by all genders, but Pippin must be played by “a gender-nonconforming, non-binary, trans man.”

It is not yet known when the series will be screened, but Ms. Mckelli has hired LA-based casting agent Hannah Schill.

Ms Rowling, 56, did not respond to requests for comment about the company.

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