Harry Potter Star Evanna Lynch Defends J. K. Rowling Over her Trans Views

Harry Potter’s Luna Lovegood defends J. K. Rowling amid backlash for the author’s transphobic remarks.

Rowling, 57, came under fire in 2020 after making transphobic comments on Twitter, triggering the trans community and its supporters. 

Since then, the British author has been under waves of criticism on and off.

“According to PEOPLE, “Though she denied that her views on feminism are transphobic, she doubled down on her controversial standpoints in a lengthy essay shared on her website days later.”

Many actors, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, called out Rowling for her anti-trans views.

Sharing his opinion on Rowling’s views, the Harry Potter lead star, Daniel Radcliffe, said he decided to speak against her because this is an important issue and trans people already suffer a lot.

“I’ve met so many queer and trans kids and young people who had a huge amount of identification with Potter on that,” he told IndieWire.

In a now-deleted tweet, Lynch also shared her stance on the controversy.

“As a friend and admirer of [Rowling] I can’t forget what a generous and loving person she is…she is still fighting for vulnerable people. I disagree with her opinion that cis-women are the most vulnerable minority in this situation and I think she’s on the wrong side of this debate. But that doesn’t mean she has completely lost her humanity,” she said at that time.

In her recent interview with The Telegraph, the Dancing with the Stars alum opened up about her relationship with Rowling and said she deserves more grace.

“I was very naive when I was dragged into that conversation,” she told the publication.

“I didn’t even know there were two sides. I had a view of, like, good and bad. I do have compassion for both sides of the argument. I know what it was like to be a teenager who hated my body so much I wanted to crawl out of my skin, so I have great compassion for trans people and I don’t want to add to their pain.”

The Irish actress continued, “I do also think it’s important that J.K. Rowling has been amplifying the voices of de-transitioners. I had this impulse to go, ‘Let’s all just stop talking about it’, and I think probably I’m a bit braver now about having uncomfortable conversations.”

Evanna said she was shocked when J.K. received a massive backlash for writing her essay about her unhappy experiences in her first marriage.

“I just felt that her character has always been to advocate for the most vulnerable members of society. The problem is that there’s a disagreement over who’s the most vulnerable. I do wish people would just give her more grace and listen to her.” 

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Sources: The Telegraph

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