Cancel culture faced a setback as J.K. Rowling revealed that Warner Bros. included her in selecting the creative team for the upcoming Harry Potter television series. Despite facing criticism from extreme LGBTQ activists for her stance on transgender ideology, Rowling announced on X that she participated in the selection process for the show based on her books.

“I’m truly thrilled to announce our director and writer, both of whom I interviewed as part of the production team. Both have a genuine passion for Harry Potter, and having read Francesca’s pilot script and heard Mark’s vision, I’m certain the TV show will more than live up to expectations,” she said.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Francesca Gardiner and Mark Mylod (Succession) will lead the HBO series creative team. Casting for roles previously played by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint will be announced later. The show aims for a 2026 debut, as stated by Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav.

Rowling will serve as an executive producer but is not expected to be involved day-to-day. HBO has not commented on Rowling’s anti-transgender sentiments. HBO and Max content chief Casey Bloys mentioned, “The TV show is new and exciting, but we’ve been in the Harry Potter business for 20 years; this isn’t a new decision. We’re comfortable being in the Potter business. J.K. is a very online conversation… It’s very nuanced and complicated and not something we’re going to get into. Our priority is what’s onscreen.”

Meanwhile, dozens of actresses have refused to audition for the role of J.K. Rowling in the upcoming play TERF Cunt, which aims to criticize her views on transgender ideology. The Telegraph reported that the production has struggled to cast female roles, including Rowling herself, due to concerns over its critique of her.