The Harry Potter has remained a constant in pop culture since the books first hit shelves in the '90s. The Wizarding World has only continued to capture our attention over the years with two movie franchises, theme parks, and a Broadway play all expanding the property. These concepts come from the mind of J.K. Rowling, who recently got into some hot water online over conversations she made about transgender women. And now Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has responded to those comments, and put his support behind the trans community.
J.K. Rowling recently tweeted out a series of posts that the public, in particular the LGBTQIA+ community, found offensive. The comments debated what made someone a "woman" in binary terms that seemingly dismissed transgender women's validity. Some have gone so far as to call Rowling transphobic for her series of tweets, and now Daniel Radcliffe has responded to the ongoing controversy-- working with the Trevor Project in the process. He penned a response on the advocacy group's website, saying:
Well, that was pretty cut and dry. This comment shows Daniel Radcliffe's continued support of the queer community, but specifically transgender folks in this instance. The trans community is one that consistently faces struggles and discrimination, with the Harry Potter actor helping to spread awareness as an ally.
Daniel Radcliffe's comments from The Trevor Project website will no doubt be comforting for LGBTQ folks who find solace in Harry Potter and his adventures. J.K. Rowling's comments have the potential to ruin that connection, especially for transgender fans out there. But while advocates will continue to challenge Rowling for her offensive posts on social media, seeing Harry Potter himself take a stand is a powerful statement.
Later in his comments, Daniel Radcliffe addresses those types of feelings for Harry Potter fans who may be thinking of abandoning the property and their childhood connection with the material. As the 30-year old actor put it,
The Wizarding World has entertained people for decades, and is showing no real signs of slowing down. And while LGBTQIA+ folks and their allies may have an issue with J.K. Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe wants to encourage people to not let that change their perspective of Harry Potter books and movies. There are some great messages to take from Rowling's work, and the actor wants the public to be able to keep that connection in their hearts. Of course, there are bound to be a fair share of people who turn their back on the property.
Harry Potter's magical world will return to theaters when Fantastic Beasts 3 arrives. But the movie's production was delayed due to global health concerns, so its unclear if the movie will meet its intended release date. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
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