The interpreter of the hero of the Harry Potter saga continues to denounce J.K. Rowling's transphobic comments. Daniel Radcliffe wanted "young transgender people to know that not everyone in the franchise feels the same way."
The rebellion continues in the wizarding world. Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the eponymous saga, is once again denouncing the transphobic comments made by author J.K. Rowling. In an interview with IndieWire, the actor explains why he still opposes the Harry Potter creator. "The reason I felt the need to say something is because, especially since I finished Potter, I've met so many gay and transgender kids and young people who identified so much with the story," he begins. "And so, seeing them hurt that day, I wanted them to know that not everyone in the franchise felt that way. And that was really important."
An apology on behalf of J.K. Rowling
Back in June 2020, Daniel Radcliffe showed his support for the transgender community. He published an open letter to all fans of the saga. "Transgender women are women," he wrote. The 33-year-old actor then lamented that 78% of transgender people face discrimination: "We need to do more to support transgender and non-binary people, not invalidate their identities and cause more harm." Before apologising on behalf of J.K. Rowling: "To all the people who now feel that their experience of the [Harry Potter] books has been tarnished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you."
He was denouncing a tweet shared by J.K Rowling on 6 June 2020. The latter relayed an editorial from the website devex.com. The text called for "creating a post-Covid-19 world for menstruating people". She commented: "I'm sure there was a word for these people. Please help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" An obviously rhetorical question for the author, who pretended to have forgotten the word "women". This remark earned her the accusation that she deliberately did not take into account the fact that trans men and non-binary people can also be affected by menstruation.
At the time, the other two main actors in the saga, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, were quick to speak out. Hermione Granger wrote on Twitter: "Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives as such, without constant questioning. I want my trans followers to know that I and many others respect and love them for who they are."
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