Harry Potter Stars Slam JK Rowling Over Transphobic Comments

What a fall from grace.

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Harry Potter author J.K Rowling seemed to be ahead of the curve when she placed many adult themes and rich characters in her children’s books. However, now it turns out she has no tolerance for trans people in real life.

Albus Dumbledore might be in love with Grindelwald and Lune Lovegood might be non-binary, but J.K Rowling herself has proven to be transphobic.

In a 3,695-word essay about gender identity the author talked about gender and biological sex from her own experiences. There was a particular focus on her own history of suffering from domestic abuse.


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The Harry Potter writer really just used the essay to explain her stance on transgenderism.

“I’ve only mentioned my past because, like every other human being on this planet, I have a complex backstory, which shapes my fears, my interests and my opinions.”

Already angering advocates of trans rights with her previous tweets, this essay just made netizens more livid. in fact, none other than Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), two child stars made famous by the Harry Potter movies, have slammed her.

Here’s what Harry Potter himself said to JK’s comments:

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“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.” Radcliffe wrote in a post for The Trevor Project website.

 

Hermione, being the wisest witch of her age, really took the author to school on how gender is a social construct, while biological sex does not always align with your gender identity.


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This isn’t the first time the writer tweeted transphobic remarks.

 

Using her experience having been a domestic abuse survivor does not explain her undermining of the dangers faced by transwomen. While calling for the protection of women from violence, she forgets that transwomen too are targets.

Transwomen are more likely to be subjected to gender-based violence than a ‘biological female’. It’s like how racism weakened the women’s suffrage.

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Written by Ummara Sheraz

Entertainment & culture writer at ProPakistani/Lens. Occasionally dabbles in other news.

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