Daniel Radcliffe breaks silence amid JK Rowling saying she’ll ‘never forgive’ him or Emma Watson


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Jk Rowling shaped the childhood of millions of people worldwide with the creation of her harry porter books and subsequent films.

However,

her comments regarding the trans community in 2020 lead to accusations of transphobia

on social media when the author shared a link to an article including the phrase ‘people who menstruate’.

Her comments were firmly criticized by Radcliffe and Emma Watson.

The pair – among other actors from the franchise – showed unwavering support for the trans community, with Radcliffe writing in an essay for the LGBTQ organization, The Trevor Project: “Transgender women are women.

“Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”

He also apologized for the ‘pain’ her comments had caused for the trans community.

While The Little Woman star told her trans followers that she and ‘so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are’.

And earlier this month, in a post shared on X on April 10, Rowling spoke about the Cass Review, which examines gender services for young people in the UK, in particular the use of puberty blockers.

Daniel Radcliffe has spoken out about J.K Rowling's comments. (Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Daniel Radcliffe has spoken out about J.K Rowling’s comments. (Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

A social media user then questioned whether Rowling was waiting for a public apology from some members of the Harry Potter cast – namely Radcliffe and Watson.

But the author made it clear that she wasn’t looking to bury the hatchet.

“Not safe, I’m afraid,” she wrote. “Celebs who cosied up to a movement intent on eroding women’s hard-won rights and who used their platforms to cheer on the transitioning of minors can save their apologies for traumatised detransitioners and vulnerable women reliant on single sex spaces.”

In a new interview, Radcliffe addressed the spat between them and said that while she is responsible for his fame, that doesn’t mean he should automatically agree with her stances on things.

Rowling said she would not forgive those that ‘cosied up to a movement intent on eroding women's hard-won rights’. (Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Rowling said she would not forgive those that ‘cosied up to a movement intent on eroding women’s hard-won rights’. (Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Beyond that, he also revealed the pair haven’t spoken in years.

Speaking to The Atlantic, he said: “It makes me really sad, ultimately.

“Because I do look at the person that I met, the times that we met, and the books that she wrote, and the world that she created, and all of that is to me so deeply empathic.”

He added: “Jo, obviously Harry Potter would not have happened without her, so nothing in my life would have probably happened the way it is without that person,”

“But that doesn’t mean that you owe the things you truly believe to someone else for your entire life.”

What the other Harry Potter stars have said about JK Rowling and her comments on the trans community

Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint expressed his support for the trans community. (Jun Sato/WireImage)

Rupert Grint expressed his support for the trans community. (Jun Sato/WireImage)

The Ron actor said in a statement in 2020: “I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers. Trans women are women. Trans men are men.”

In an interview with the Times two years later, he added, “I liken JK Rowling to an auntie. I don’t necessarily agree with everything my auntie says, but she’s still my auntie. It’s a tricky one.”

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes described the 'verbal abuse' towards Rowling as 'disgusting'. (Araya Doheny/Getty Images)

Ralph Fiennes described the ‘verbal abuse’ towards Rowling as ‘disgusting’. (Araya Doheny/Getty Images)

The Voldemort actor toldThe New York Times in 2022: “The verbal abuse directed at her is disgusting, it’s appalling.

“I can understand a viewpoint that might be angry at what she says about women. But it’s not some obscene, uber-right-wing fascist. It’s just a woman saying, ‘I’m a woman and I feel I’m a woman and I want to be able to say that I’m a woman.'”

Harry Melling

Harry Melling played Dudley in the series.(Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Harry Melling played Dudley in the series.(Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Melling, who played Dudley Dursley, told the Independent in 2022: “I can only speak for myself, and what I feel, to me, is very simple, which is that transgender women are women and transgender men are men.”

Evanna Lynch

Evanna Lynch played Luna Lovegood. (Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Evanna Lynch played Luna Lovegood. (Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

Lynch played Luna Lovegood in the films and told the Telegraph: “I just felt that her character has always been to advocate for the most vulnerable members of society. The problem is that there’s a disagreement over who’s the most vulnerable.


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