For several years now, Harry Potter has sat at the center of a maelstrom fueled by J.K. Rowling’s comments on transgender people, which has seen the writer disparage the group as predators and more.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, who has been adamant in his support for transgender people and the LGBT community in general through his work on initatives like the Trevor Project, an LGBT charity.
Radcliffe reiterated his position in a new interview with IndieWire, which saw him look back on the 2020 open letter in which he wrote that “we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary individuals.”
“The reason I was felt very, very much as though I needed 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. 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,” Radcliffe explained in the new interview.
Rowling has been a controversial figure since a series of tweets in 2020 that drew heavy backlack from the transgender community. Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, were among the figures in the world of Harry Potter to come out in support to transgender people in response. Since then, Rowling has continually reiterated her stance against transgender people, particularly transgender women.
SInce then, Rowling’s stance on transgender people has hung over various aspects of the Harry Potter franchise, from the upcoming Hogwarts Legacy game to the recent reunion that Rowling did not take part. Rowling has long been the face of the series she created, but Radcliffe has also remained a big part of the franchise’s legacy even as he has sought to establish his own identity in the entertainment world.
One way or another, Harry Potter is both more popular and more contentious than ever.
Ultimately, Radcliffe said, his charity world with the LGBT community meant that he had to speak up.
“It was really important as I’ve worked with the Trevor Project for more than 10 years, and so I don’t think I would’ve been able to look myself in the mirror had I not said anything,” Radicliffe. “But it’s not mine to guess what’s going on in someone else’s head.”
Radcliffe’s most recent role is as Weird Al Yankovic in Weird: The Al Yankovic story. It is scheduled to be released on The Roku Channel on November 4.
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