Harry Potter Cast Stands in Solidarity With Transgender Fans

Harry, Ron, and Hermione are teaming up once again to make a difference. J.K. Rowling’s recent tweets and subsequent follow-up letter have elicited an abundance of controversy, and the cast of Harry Potter has decided to respond.

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Harry, Ron, and Hermione are teaming up once again to make a difference. J.K. Rowling’s recent tweets and subsequent follow-up letter have elicited an abundance of controversy, and the cast of Harry Potter has decided to respond. Many fans have found themselves feeling alienated after Rowling’s comments, disappointed that the creator of such diverse worlds would appear to reject a diverse reality.

Daniel Radcliffe was the first to react to Rowling in his essay posted on 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. According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.

Emphasizing that fans should not let their personal relationship with the books be tarnished due to Rowling’s statements, Radcliffe also apologized for the “pain these comments have caused.”

Emma Watson shared a similar sentiment to Radcliffe’s on June 10th, standing in solidarity with the transgender community.

Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are. I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.

Throughout her career, Watson has maintained a passion for activism and humanitarianism, having been appointed as a Women Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations in 2014.

Rupert Grint also supported the views of his castmates in a statement made to The Times on June 12th.

Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment. I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers.

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During times in which social climates are changing and individuals from various walks of life are finding increased acceptance, it can be shocking when a beloved author holds views that differ from a majority of their fan base. As Radcliffe reminds us, the artist should not take away from how we personally receive their art. Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson have shown their fans that they understand their trials and tribulations and deserve to be supported, casting an Imperturbable Charm around the Potterhead community.

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