After Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, other Harry Potter stars slam JK Rowling’s Transphobic tweets
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: The Dumbledore’s army has truly stood against JK Rowling’s consistent pursuance of a transphobic narrative on social media. Hours after Daniel Radcliffe said that he feels compelled to say something on Rowling’s transphobic remarks, several stars who played crucial roles in Harry Potter series, including Emma Watson and others, have strongly reacted against Rowling’s remarks and have expressed their support for LGBT community, and more pertinently transgenders in particular.
British actress Emma Watson, who played the pivotal role of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, took to Twitter and stood in solidarity with Transgender community, saying that they “deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.”
I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) June 10, 2020
p>Emma, who in 2017 became the first-ever winner of MTV’s ‘Genderless Acting Award’ for her remarkable portrayal of Belle in ‘Beauty and the Beast’, urged her followers to make donations for such pro-transgender charity causes to support community’s pioneering and innovative activism.
Happy #PRIDE2020 Sending love x— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) June 10, 2020
Rowling had earlier taken to the Twitter discussing the multiple aspects of Transgender community with respect to their sexuality, with a headline on an online article highlighting “people who menstruate” and said that: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
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Rowling, who was recently named by Forbes magazine as World’s 28th highest paid celebrity of 2020, has now come at crossheads with several actors who played crucial roles in Harry Potter – Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Bonnie Wright or Eddie Redmayne – leading to an avalanche of controversial reactions on and off the social media.
Several Potterheads on social media said that they could no longer enjoy the Harry Potter series due to Rowling’s transphobic comments.
Addressing such fans, Bonnie Wright, who is known as Ginny Weasley in the Hogwarts world, said: “If Harry Potter was a source of love and belonging for you, that love is infinite and there to take without judgment or question. Transwomen are Women. I see and love you.”
If Harry Potter was a source of love and belonging for you, that love is infinite and there to take without judgment or question. Transwomen are Women. I see and love you, Bonnie x— Bonnie Wright (@thisisbwright) June 10, 2020
The Harry Potter creator has defended her deemed to be offensive comments on Transgender comments in her blog.
“So I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want to make natal girls and women less safe. When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman – and, as I’ve said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones – then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside. That is the simple truth," wrote Rowling.
Posted By: Talib Khan