“I wanted them to know that not everybody felt that way”: Daniel Radcliffe Reveals Why He Went Against J.K. Rowling Despite Owing His Career to Harry Potter Author

Daniel Radcliffe and JK Rowling

J.K. Rowling, a British fantasy fiction novelist, rose to prominence between 1997 and 2007 with the publication of several volumes in the Harry Potter children’s fantasy series. Warner Bros. Studio, who has since been in charge of creating and distributing Harry Potter universe films starring Daniel Radcliffe, quickly transformed the book franchise into a mega-successful film adaptation.

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Daniel Radcliffe supports the LGBTQ community amidst JK Rowling’s transphobic beliefs

On Twitter, the creator of the popular Harry Potter franchise is often engaged in controversy. However, it may be difficult to keep track of what people are upset about. In simple words, many detractors have labeled Rowling a “transphobe” because of her regularly expressed views on s*x and gender, as well as her support for feminists who oppose the idea that being a man or woman is a state of mind.

Daniel Radcliffe distances himself from J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling has cast a shadow over her beloved Harry Potter property by repeatedly expressing uninvited transphobic beliefs, but Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, wants fans to know that she does not speak for everyone engaged in the fantasy series. In a new interview with Indiewire, the actor came out against the author’s transphobia once more, hoping to help all Harry Potter fans who identify as LGTBQ.

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

Radcliffe first maintained his distance from Rowling back in 2020, when he wrote an open letter for LGBTQ+ nonprofit The Trevor Project in which he said unequivocally that “transgender women are women.” At the time, he clarified that his remarks were not intended to be interpreted as “in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself,” but as a call to action to reduce harm against the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community and an apology to Harry Potter fans who “now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished.”

a glimpse from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

A glimpse from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Rowling initially criticized a story about “those who menstruate,” replying at the time, “I’m sure there used to be a word for those folks.  Please assist me. Wimpund? Wumben? Woomud?’’

She has now responded with a series of tweets defending her belief in biological s*x, and she has continued to speak out on the subject, prompting accusations of transphobia, which she has previously rejected.

Daniel Radcliffe speaks up against J.K. Rowling

“The reason I felt very, very much as though I wanted to say something when I did was because, particularly since finishing Potter, I’ve met so many queer and trans kids and young people who had a huge amount of identification with Potter on that,” Daniel Radcliffe explained to Indiewire. He said,

“And so seeing them hurt on that day I was like, I wanted them to know that not everybody in the franchise felt that way. And that was really important.”

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Daniel Radcliffe has been working with Trevor Project for more than a decade

While he certainly got to know Rowling very well after making eight Harry Potter films, he still doesn’t understand why the author’s terrible opinions continue to tarnish her name. “It’s not mine to guess what’s going on in someone else’s head,” he added.

Finally, The Guns Akimbo star apologized to fans for Rowling’s words, especially if they influenced how people relate to the Harry Potter books.

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