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J.K. Rowling not to forgive Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe

J.K. Rowling not to forgive Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe

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Marta Grzeszczuk,
12.04.2024 10:45

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has faced criticism from Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe for her transphobic comments. Rowling stated that Harry and Hermione could not expect her forgiveness, even though they had never asked for it.

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter book series, has become known in the media for her negative views towards transgender individuals. She is often associated with TERF ideology, which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminism. This ideology suggests that recognising trans women as women is a threat to the identity of cis women.

Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe criticised J.K. Rowling’s transphobia

Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed Hermione Granger and Harry Potter in the movie adaptations of J.K. Rowling's books, have previously expressed their disapproval of the author's views on transgender people. Watson shared a message on her social media platform stating that she and many others worldwide respect, see, and love transgender individuals for who they are. During the 2022 Bafta Awards, the actress made a subtle dig at Rowling, saying, "I'm here for all the witches."

In 2020, Daniel Radcliffe wrote an essay for The Trevor Project, a US-based organisation with a global mission to prevent suicide among LGBTQ+ minorities, where he apologised on behalf of the Harry Potter fandom for the pain caused by Rowling's comments and pledged his support for the transgender community.

J.K. Rowling won't forgive Watson and Radcliffe

On 10 April, in a thread about the recent withdrawal of young transgender people's right to puberty blockers in the UK, one J.K. Rowling fan commented on the author's stance by saying: "Just waiting for Dan and Emma to give you a very public apology... safe in the knowledge that you will forgive them."

"Not safe, I'm afraid," Rowling responded. "Celebs who cosied up to a movement intent on eroding women's hard-won rights and who used their platforms to cheer on the transitioning of minors can save their apologies for traumatised detransitioners and vulnerable women reliant on single sex spaces."

Many people on social media were amused by the fact that both Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe did not expect or require forgiveness from J.K. Rowling. However, they were also surprised and disappointed by Rowling's recent promotion of transphobia. One user on platform X made a joke about it, saying, "If I wrote a book series that was universally adored and made me richer than God, you would simply never hear from me again."

Another person on the same platform expressed similar sentiments but without the humour. They said, "It's still amazing to me that J.K. Rowling could have become literally anything she wanted in the world and yet chose to be the face of hate, sarcasm, contempt, and callousness. She has made billions off of children, but her legacy will be one of hate."

Who benefits from transphobic comments?

According to worldpopulationreview.com, the estimated global average population of transgender people is around 2 per cent, which remains consistent across countries despite the challenges of accurate counting. However, the political exploitation of transgender people's right to self-determination is often used to create a sense of insecurity in male and female voters. Unfortunately, this is often used to gain political capital.

The use of deeply personal and intimate matters in political campaigns is easy to gain recognition and often requires little more than using ideological slogans from politicians. This starkly contrasts the creation and successful implementation of economic and pro-social policies. An example of this in Poland is the "war on abortion." In the UK, on the other hand, it is a debate regarding the rights of transgender individuals to gender correction procedures.

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