J.K Rowling has been called out for her controversial comments. Now, Lord Voldemort has come to her defense. 

The Harry Potter franchise is one that has had enormous success. As of 2018, over 500 Million Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide. 

The films have garnered an equally great success. The final movie alone made  $1.342 billion. At the time of its release in 2011, it was the third highest-grossing film of all time. 

The woman behind all this wizardry? J.K Rowling. 

But, despite the success of her art, in recent years many have turned against Rowling. She has been accused of transphobic comments. 

‘Transphobic’

Last year in particular, Rowling came under fire for her response to a story which said ‘people who menstruate’ as opposed to ‘women’. 

Rowling wrote: “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. The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women-i.e., to male violence-‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences-is a nonsense.”

In light of these comments made, many have decided that they do not support J.K Rowling any more. Many people see her comments as transphobic, despite Rowling’s insistence that they are not. 

Ralph Fiennes

Now, Ralph Fiennes has come to her defense. Fiennes played He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (Aka Voldemort) in the Harry Potter films. He has now spoken out, saying that he does not ‘understand’ why so much hate is being directed at Rowling. 

Speaking to the Telegraph, Fiennes said: “”I can’t understand the vitriol directed at her.

“I can understand the heat of an argument, but I find this age of accusation and the need to condemn irrational. 

“I find the level of hatred that people express about views that differ from theirs, and the violence of language towards others, disturbing.”

Other Reactions

Fiennes is not the first Harry Potter actor to speak on this issue. Many other actors from the film franchise have spoken out against her. 

Most notably, Daniel Radcliffe – who played Harry Potter – released a statement via the Trevor Project. 

Radcliffe began by stating: “I realize that certain press outlets will probably want to paint this as in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself, but that is really not what this is about, nor is it what’s important right now. 

He goes on to say: “while Jo is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken, as someone who has been honored to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment,”

“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.”

Eddie Redmayne has also spoken on the issue. Redmayne starred in the Fantastic Beasts films, and he has made his stance clear: 

“This is an ongoing process. As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand.

“I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid.”

Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the series, took to Twitter to show her love and support to the trans community. 

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