A growing number of actors from the Harry Potter franchise are coming out in support of the transgender community following an outrage against JK Rowling’s transphobic tweets.
Last weekend, the Harry Potter author JK Rowling tweeted an article discussing “people who menstruate”. Her controversial tweets and a subsequent essay was met with public disapproval. Twitter called out JK Rowling and her tweets for being transphobic and demanded the Harry Potter cast members to speak up on the issue.
Over the week, several Harry Potter Actors including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Eddie Redmayne sounded off against JK Rowling and her tweets. Here is what they had to say:
‘Transgender Women Are Women’ Daniel Radcliffe Reprimands Harry Potter Author Over Transphobia
Daniel Radcliffe, the Harry Potter himself, penned a lengthy response to the problematic tweets by JK Rowling about gender identity. He posted his response to The Trevor Project, an LGBT suicide prevention charity.
Radcliffe exhorted the media to not paint the situation as a feud between him and the author. He added that he felt it was his responsibility “as a human being” to “say something at this moment.”
“Transgender women are women,” Daniel Radcliffe asserted as he continued his feedback on the tweets by JK Rowling. “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people,” Radcliffe added.
As he concluded his response, Daniel Radcliffe mentioned that he hopes that JK Rowling and her transphobia won’t ‘taint’ the Harry Potter series for fans.
Emma Watson: ‘Trans People Are Who They Say They Are’
Unlike Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson took to Twitter to condemn JK Rowling’s tweets. On Wednesday night, Watson, who had portrayed Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, came out in support of the trans community.
She tweeted “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.”
Watson assured her trans followers that she adores and respects them. She also urged people to stop dictating others on identity. Watson added that she has been donating to Mermaids and Mama Cash to help the transgender community, and she appealed for her followers to do the same.
Eddie Redmayne Disagrees With JK Rowling’s Comments
Eddie Redmayne addressed JK Rowling’s tweets even more sternly than Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. In a conversation with Variety, Redmayne voiced his overt disapproval of JK Rowling tweets.
“I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid,” said Redmayne. Eddie Redmayne stars in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, a spin-off of the Harry Potter franchise, also based on books by JK Rowling.
Going on, Eddie Redmayne condemned the questioning of gender identity, an issue that often orchestrates abuse and violence. “I do know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which all too often results in violence and abuse,” said Redmayne.
Other Harry Potter Cast Members Also Speak Up in Support of the Transgender Community
Like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne, several of Harry Potter‘s supporting cast members have also reacted to the JK Rowling tweets.
Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in multiple Harry Potter films, tweeted that Harry Potter is a ‘source of love and belonging’ to its fans and it will continue to be so. She meanwhile censured JK Rowling’s transphobic tweets, and sent her love to trans women.
Harry Potter’s Cho Chang, Katie Leung, shared her support for trans people in a thread. But instead of making any independent statements, she used her thread to link to charities that help trans people of color.
How JK Rowling’s Tweets Controversy Flared Up
Rowling was doing just fine writing a new free children’s book until she made some insensitive remarks about the trans community on Twitter. On June 6th, The Harry Potter author JK Rowling – in a series of tweets – attacked an article for using an inclusive phrase “people who menstruate.”
In her tweets, Rowling wrote, “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.”
Her tweets immediately triggered a public outcry, and people criticized JK Rowling for her offensive and transphobic comments. While Rowling did not turn in an instant answer, she doubled down on her tweets later that month.
On Wednesday, Rowling followed up on her tweets with a 3700-word essay. Disabling replies, she posted the article titled ‘TERF ( Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist) Wars’ on her website and on Twitter. Rowling’s essay only brought about more backlash. Rowling’s response only came after Daniel Radcliffe challenged the author over the issue.