J.K. Rowling’s transphobia is generally known at this time, since she has leveraged her international popularity to spew vile beliefs towards the most vulnerable segment of the LGBTQ+ community.
Fans of her well-known novels and films have been taken aback, astonished, and perplexed as to why the author of an apparently uplifting fantasy story about accepting differences would become so politicized against a particular minority group.
However, Daniel Radcliffe, who came to international stardom onscreen as “the boy who lived,” is most concerned about the young trans admirers who have felt deceived and severely saddened by Rowling’s hazardous remarks.
“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 told IndieWire during a recent interview.
Radcliffe is referring to an open letter he penned in June of 2020, which clearly and definitively stated his unwavering support for transgender people. “It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm,” he wrote at the time. The letter was published on website of The Trevor Project, an organization that runs the world’s largest suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ+ youth. Radcliffe has been an outspoken supporter of The Trevor Project since 2010.