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Actor Tom Felton thanks JK Rowling and refuses to condemn her for transphobia

Harry Potter star Tom Felton, 35, paid great respect to author JK Rowling in an article in The Times on Wednesday 11 October. His colleagues Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have already banned the author for her transphobic comments.   

Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter, praised the "lovely" writer JK Rowling in The Times on Wednesday 11 October. According to the 35-year-old English actor, the best-selling author of the saga has succeeded in "bringing generations together" through her stories. Unlike his colleagues, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, who have already condemned the author's "transphobic" remarks and her numerous comments about transgender people, the actor chooses not to comment on JK Rowling's political positions. 

"I can't speak to what other people have said or what she's said, to be quite honest, but I'm often reminded, attending Comic Cons [a festival dedicated to pop culture] in particular, that no one has brought so much joy to so many different generations and backgrounds," recalled Tom Felton, who declines to express his opinion on the matter. "I don't tend to take sides," he added. 

Transphobic controversies

JK Rowling's discriminatory comments towards transgender people reportedly began in 2018, when the writer liked a tweet comparing trans women as "men in dresses". "I'm afraid J.K. Rowling had a moment of awkwardness typical of someone her age: it's not the first time she's liked something while holding her phone incorrectly," her press officer Rebecca Salt had tried to explain, however. 

In 2020, the criticisms were repeated: the author posted an article referring to "people who have their period". "I'm sure there was a word for those people. Someone help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" he commented. Afterwards, she continued to express controversial views on sex and gender. Her fan base has since shrunk considerably. 

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