Daniel Radcliffe Fires Back at J.K. Rowling Once Again: “It makes me really sad…”

Daniel Radcliffe Fires Back at J.K. Rowling Once Again: "It makes me really sad..."
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J.K. Rowling is an author who has made several generations happy with her Harry Potter series, but in recent years, the Scottish author is better known for her anti-trans feuds with basically everyone than for her works. Not that long ago, we reported about her feud with former Harry Potter stars, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, whom Rowling attacked for not sharing her opinion and openly criticizing her views. But, it seems that the feud is not over. It definitely isn’t for Rowling, but former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe also had something to say recently about this whole controversy.

Before we continue, here is a quick summary of the issue. Rowling has been quite open about her opposition to the transgender movement, criticizing some of its postulates as degrading toward actual women. While the author has been criticized for her opinions, she remains firm in stating that she is simply defending basic women’s rights from potential abuse. This resulted in many calling for the boycott of her works (including the unsuccessful boycott of the Hogwarts Legacy game, which ultimately resulted in the game becoming even more successful), while the actors who played in the Harry Potter movies generally criticized Rowling.

The whole feud escalated recently after Emma Watson publicly reiterated her support for the trans community, while Radcliffe published an essay in which he also expressed his support for the transgender community:

Transgender women are women. 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.

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To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you. If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much.

Source: The Trevor Project

This would’ve gone under the radar had a Twitter (now X) user asked Rowling to comment on this, implying that Radcliffe and Watson are going to come and beg for Rowling’s forgiveness sooner or later, to which Rowling replied in a very peculiar way:

Now, regardless of whose side you’re taking in this feud, if any, we cannot escape the impression that these comments are implying that Watson and Radcliffe (and implicitly Rupert Grint as well, although he was not mentioned here directly) are “ungrateful brats” who basically owe everything to Rowling and are now turning on her. Radcliffe himself has commented on this and wanted to make things clear as far as the situation is concerned:

“It makes me really sad, ultimately. Because I do look at the person that I met, the times that we met, and the books that she wrote, and the world that she created, and all of that is to me so deeply empathic.

There’s a version of ‘Are these three kids ungrateful brats?’ that people have always wanted to write, and they were finally able to. So, good for them, I guess. Jo, obviously Harry Potter would not have happened without her, so nothing in my life would have probably happened the way it is without that person. But that doesn’t mean that you owe the things you truly believe to someone else for your entire life.”

Source: The Atlantic

After the most recent comments, he also said that he would “continue to support the rights of all LGBTQ people, and have no further comment than that.” This was another shot fired at Rowling but from how things stand, Radcliffe wants out of this feud and doesn’t want to be involved in it anymore. His opinion is clear and it is obvious that he has no desire to continue with this topic. It remains to be seen whether Rowling will react in the same way.

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