THE boss behind the newly announced Harry Potter series has dodged a question about JK Rowling’s views on the trans community.

A new show based on the famous children’s books has officially been ordered by HBO with Rowling brought on board as a producer.

The news has proved divisive among fans with some saying they won’t be watching.

Rowling, who has been a vocal critic of Scotland’s gender legislation, previously posted an image of herself wearing a t-shirt claiming Nicola Sturgeon is a “destroyer of women’s rights”.

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At a Q&A presentation announcing the series, chairman and CEO of HBO and Max content Casey Bloys was asked whether Rowling’s stance on trans issues could affect the ability to cast actors.

He said: “No, I don’t think this is the forum. That’s a very online conversation, very nuanced and complicated and not something we’re going to get into.

“Our priority is what’s on the screen. Obviously the Harry Potter story is incredibly affirmative and positive and about love and self-acceptance. That’s our priority – what’s on screen.”

Bloys also confirmed that Rowling would serve as an executive producer on the show.

Cast members from the original film series have previously spoken out against Rowling’s views.

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Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, said: “Transgender women are women” in a statement.

Emma Watson, who starred as Hermione Granger, previously commented: “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned.”