Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has spoken out over JK Rowling’s recent comments about the transgender community. Daniel said that he hopes they will not “taint” the series for fans.
The statement comes in response to a series of controversial tweets from Rowling over the weekend. Rowling took issue with a headline on an online article discussing “people who menstruate” and said: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Critics accused Rowling of being transphobic, an allegation she strongly denies. She responded by saying: “I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans.”
Radcliffe commented on the controversy on Monday, saying “transgender women are women”.
Daniel Radcliffe said that while Rowling “is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken … as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment”. Writing that the issue is not about “in-fighting between JK Rowling and myself”, he added: “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”