The debate over J.K. Rowling's anti-trans stance continues to this day and at some point, Warner Bros. has come under fire for seemingly supporting the Harry Potter author. Now Warner Bros. Interactive president David Haddad has decided to address the issue with an official statement.
Haddad addressed the issue through a video sent to Bloomberg. Firstly, the WB Interactive boss confirmed that he is often asked by his own employees about the company's stance.
"Not a lot I can comment on, other than, since we did get so many [questions], I wanted to be responsive the best way I could," Haddad said. "The way I think I’d like to do it is, I’d like to echo something you’ve heard from our most senior executive leadership."
Haddad then pointed out that Rowling's opinion is still her own as "a private citizen."
"While J.K. Rowling is the creator of Harry Potter, and we are bringing that to life with the power of Portkey, in many places, she’s a private citizen also. And that means she’s entitled to express her personal opinion on social media," he said. He then concluded by stating that he does not agree with the writer's views.
"I may not agree with her, and I might not agree with her stance on a range of topics, but I can agree that she has the right to hold her opinions," Haddad said.
Today during a company Q&A, Warner Bros. Games president David Haddad addressed employees' questions surrounding the recent announcement of Hogwarts Legacy and Harry Potter author JK Rowling's anti-trans comments. His comments, per video clip sent to me this afternoon: pic.twitter.com/cbYZ0JT9c0— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) September 30, 2020
Haddad's statement echoes that of Fantastic Beasts 3 star Eddie Redmayne, who previously admitted that he thought the backlash to Rowling's stance was "absolutely disgusting."
The Warner Bros. Interactive title Hogwarts Legacy will be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S in 2021.