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Warner Bros. Touts ‘Inclusive Culture’ After Rowling Dustup

  • ‘Harry Potter’ author came under fire for transgender comments
  • Films based on Rowling’s books drew $9 billion at box office
J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

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Warner Bros., the studio behind the “Harry Potter” movie series, said its “position on inclusiveness is well established,” after author J.K. Rowling made remarks about transgender people that members of the films’ cast called discriminatory.

The comment from the studio, a unit of AT&T Inc., hinted that it disagreed with Rowling’s position on transgender people, but stopped short of criticizing Rowling or saying it would sever ties with the author. The film series based on Rowling’s books about a boy wizard took in more than $9 billion at the box office and are a key selling point for AT&T’s just-launched streaming service HBO Max.