Outspoken author J.K. Rowling is under fire from fans over her divisive comments about the transgender community, but her half-giant pal Hagrid has got her back.
Actor Robbie Coltrane, who portrayed lovable Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, addressed the fan furor on Twitter after the author’s essay about transgender issues was heavily criticized by LGBTQ advocacy groups.
Coltrane said that he didn’t “think what she said was offensive really.”
Rowling was accused of transphobia for a series of tweets in June when she said, “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.” The author stated that she knows and loves trans people, “but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.”
If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
Twitter lambasted the author for her commentary, including the stars of her two movie franchises. Daniel Radcliff, Harry Potter’s titular star, wrote an essay supporting trans people for The Trevor Project in response. Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, tweeted that “Trans people are who they say they are.”
Fantastic Beast lead Eddie Redmayne, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a trans woman in The Danish Girl, told Variety, “I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid.”
Coltrane maintains steadfastly on Rowling’s side, “I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. They wouldn’t have won the war, would they?” He told The Independent, referencing the series final face off against Lord Voldemort and his dark wizard followers.
“That’s me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, ‘Oh, get over yourself. Wise up, stand up straight and carry on.’”
Rowling is currently trending on Twitter under the hashtag #RIPJKRowling, as the social platform’s users have declared her “dead,” meaning she’s been cancelled.
The renewed furor against the author was spurned by the release of her new book, Troubled Blood, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, which features a transvestite spree killer.