“Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all the advice given by professional health associations who have much more expertise on this subject than Jo or me,” said Radcliffe in a press release on the Trevor project. website.
One day earlier, Rowling tweeted an article from Devex.com titled “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for menstruating men” and added his own comment, saying, “People who menstruating.” I’m sure there was a word for these people. Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? ”
Many fans of the popular book and film series have expressed disappointment at Rowling’s erasure of transgender women, saying his beliefs go against the basic philosophies of a series that taught them the importance love, equality and the fight against discrimination.
She also claimed to be empathetic towards trans people, although she was unaware of the issues they raised with her statements.
“The idea that women like me, who have shown empathy for trans people for decades, feel related because they are vulnerable in the same way as women – that is, male violence – “hating” trans people because they think sex is real and has experienced consequences – is nonsense. ”
Radcliffe, who starred in Harry Potter in eight films spanning the years 2001 to 2011, said his statement was not the product of a “fight” between him and Rowling.
“This is really not what it is about, nor what is important right now,” he said. “Although Jo is unquestionably responsible for the course that my life has taken, as a person who has been honored to work with the Trevor project over the past decade and who continues to contribute to it, and as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this time. ”
Radcliffe’s comments came after a colleague Harry potter actors Katie Leung, who played Cho Chang, and Noma Dumezweni, who played Hermione Granger in the play Harry Potter and the cursed child, also spoke.
The Trevor project provides suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth, including a hotline.
Radcliffe also said he “always learns to be a better ally” and encouraged people to check out Trevor resources on how to be a better ally for transgender and non-binary people.
He then addressed Harry potter fans directly: “To all those who now feel that their experience with books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you. I really hope you don’t lose all that was precious to you in these stories, “he said.
“If these books have taught you that love is the most powerful force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they have taught you that diversity is found in diversity and that dogmatic ideas of purity lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you think that a particular character is trans, not binary or fluent, or that he is gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that touched and helped you at any point in your life – then it’s between you and the book you’re reading, and it’s sacred.
“And I don’t think anyone can touch it,” said the actor, referring to Rowling’s comments. “It means to you what it means to you and I hope these comments do not tarnish that much. “