Daniel Radcliffe, who played the lead role of Harry Potter in the Harry Potter franchise apologized to fans for author J.K. Rowling’s transphobic comments. Rowling has been receiving backlash recently for her transphobic comments on twitter, which has prompted the Harry Potter star to release a statement to the fans.
Recently on The Trevor Project website, Radcliffe issued a statement apologizing on behalf of the Harry Potter author. The transphobic tweets by Rowling implied that transgender women are not women, and it erases the experiences of women. In Radcliffe’s statement, he wrote that Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people.”. He continued to offer wisdom to readers about non binary and transgender people. He said:
“To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you. If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life – then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much”
Since the backlash, Rowling has not apologized for her recent tweets. This is not the first time the famed Harry Potter author has come under fire for such tweets. In December 2019, the author spoke in support of a researcher who was fired for putting up transphobic tweets. Even though Radcliffe’s statement does not change Rowling’s transphobic nature, it does offer comfort to Harry Potter fans.