J.K. Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, has become a divisive figure in recent years due to her controversial and transphobic comments, so much so that the cast of the Harry Potter film franchise, including stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, have all spoken out against the author.
Radcliffe, in particular, released an open letter outlining his opinion, and now, Radcliffe is talking up about coming out, telling IndieWire (via Variety) that it was necessary since not everyone in the franchise shares her ideas, and fans need to be aware of that.
“The reason I 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,” Radcliffe said. “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.”
He added, “It was really important as I’ve worked with the Trevor Project for more than 10 years and so I don’t think I would’ve been able to look myself in the mirror had I not said anything. But it’s not mine to guess what’s going on in someone else’s head.”