All eight of the Harry Potter films hit Netflix’s top 10 most-watched chart just days after they were added to the streaming platform despite trans activists demanding a boycott of JK Rowling’s work
- Films made available for the first time on Netflix UK and Netflix Ireland on May 17
Trans activists demanded a boycott of JK Rowling‘s work – and yet the films based on her hugely successful books remain as popular as ever.
The films were made available for the first time on Netflix UK and Netflix Ireland on May 17.
Yesterday, the first in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was in the top spot on the weekly chart.
In fact, the films bagged six out of the ten spots, with Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – an instalment of Ms Rowling’s Potter spin-off – also securing a place.
Trans activists demanded a boycott of JK Rowling’s (pictured) work – and yet the films based on her hugely successful books remain as popular as ever
All eight of the Harry Potter movie adaptations are in the Netflix top ten most-watched chart – just days after they were added to the streaming platform on May 17
Yesterday, the first in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (pictured), was in the top spot on the weekly chart
‘No matter how hard some try to ensure everyone hates J K Rowling, it’s not working,’ a fan said on Twitter. Another wrote: ‘You just can’t keep a good woman down.’
‘We’re having a browse on Netflix and of the top ten films in UK today 1,2,3,5,6 8 & 9 are either Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts. No matter how hard some try to ensure everyone hates J K Rowling it’s not working,’ one person write on Twitter.
Another wrote: ‘Whether it’s shaming the kids for playing the game, burning the books, trying to make the TV adaptation ‘unacceptable’ or ‘claiming’ the cast of the films as their own, none of it works. You just can’t keep a good woman down.’
The author has faced death threats since 2020 after speaking up for women’s rights in the transgender debate.
She later published an essay on her website in which she argued that biological sex is real and shared her thoughts on gender-neutral spaces, saying she felt strongly about protecting women’s rights as she was a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Last year she fiercely contested Scotland’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill, claiming it would ‘harm the most vulnerable women’.
Last month Ms Rowling was appointed executive producer for the newly announced ‘decade-long’ Potter TV series which will be based on all seven books.
It will feature a new cast and be ‘authentic to the original books’ to ‘bring Harry Potter and these incredible adventures to new audiences around the world’.
Ms Rowling’s involvement sparked calls for a boycott.
Responding on Twitter, she wrote: ‘Dreadful news, which I feel duty bound to share,’ she wrote. ‘Activists in my mentions are trying to organise yet another boycott of my work, this time of the Harry Potter TV show.
‘As forewarned is forearmed, I’ve taken the precaution of laying in a large stock of champagne.’