Summarised by Centrist
Auckland Museum’s decision not to host the Fantastic Beasts exhibition appears to have been influenced by concerns surrounding the views regarding transgenderism of J.K. Rowling – author of the famous Harry Potter series.
Over several months, staff members reportedly engaged in discussions and expressed concerns about hosting the exhibition. Discussions intensified following protests during Posie Parker‘s visit to New Zealand, which led to concerns about the museum’s reputation and staff sentiments.
The decision against proceeding with the exhibition was ultimately made by senior staff members, but seemed overly influenced by the reservations and discomfort expressed by a few junior staff members and a few comments on social media more so than any genuine concerns by the public.
The museum’s own market research suggests the show would have been one of the most lucrative in its history. Not to mention that the CEO feared cancellation would damage several professional relationships held by the museum.