Rowling, J.K.: Harry Potter Author Subect to Criticism for Anti-Trans Tweets

After “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans tweets earlier this week and her further defense of her comments, alums of the successful film franchise as well as other celebrities have publicly spoken out against the British writer.

Emma Watson looking at the camera

Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the series, tweeted a short statement regarding her views on transgender rights. “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,” Watson wrote.

Her statement came shortly after she retweeted British Vogue columnist Paris Lees’ reply to Rowling, which included a list of organizations supporting black transgender people that are accepting donations. Watson also continued her statement in a Twitter thread, saying: “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.” Watson also tweeted out two organizations that advocate for transgender rights, stating that she donates to them and encouraging her followers to do the same, ending the thread by wishing everyone a happy pride month.

“Harry Potter” main star Daniel Radcliffe also responded to Rowling in a lengthy essay posted to The Trevor Project’s website.  “Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe wrote. “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.”