Daniel Radcliffe doubles down on his choice to denounceHarry PotterCreator J.K. Rowling comments about transgender identities, stating that it was important for him to clarify ‘Not everyone in the series felt this way. “
Rowling made waves in the summer of 2020 when she began speaking out about gender identity, which many people considered transphobic. One tweet from the British author reads, “I know and love transgender people, but erasing the concept of gender removes the ability for many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It’s not hateful to tell the truth.”
as a response, Radcliffe wrote an open letter For The Trevor Project, an organization that aims to prevent suicide among LGBTQ+ youth.
“The reason I felt so often, in large part, as if I needed to say something when I did that, is because, especially since finishing Potter, I’ve met a lot of gay and transgender children and young adults who have a great deal of identification with the Potter on That,” Radcliffe told IndieWire about the previously written piece.
“So seeing them in pain that day I was like, I wanted them to know that not everyone in the franchise feels this way. And that was really important,” Radcliffe said.
“It was really important because I’ve worked with The Trevor Project for over 10 years, and so I don’t think I would have been able to look at myself in the mirror had I not said anything,” he noted.
The original article for the 33-year-old reads, “I realize some of the media might want to paint this as an internal fight between me and J.K. Rowling, but that’s not really what this is about, nor is it what matters now…Trans women transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erodes the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice offered by health care professional associations that have much more experience on the subject than either Joe or I.”
Unlike Radcliffe, the “Harry Potter” actor Tom Felton was less critical Of Rowling’s comments, telling The Times of London, “I can’t speak to what other individuals have said…I am quick to remind myself and others that ‘Potter’ for some reason has brought more people together across the world and more generations than anything else might have happened in twenty years.” The past, and I’m quick to celebrate it. It came from one person, and she is, so I’m so grateful.”
Actor Eddie Redmayne, who starred in “Fantastic Beasts”, the prequel series to Rowling’s “Harry Potter”, Variety previously said in a statementRespecting transgender people is still a cultural imperative, and over the years I’ve been trying to constantly educate myself…This is an ongoing process. As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the transgender community, I’ve wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand. I don’t agree with Joe’s comments.”