The Harry Potter franchise has been entertaining audiences for decades, as the Wizarding World continues to expand through theme parks, a hit Broadway play, and David Yates' Fantastic Beasts franchise. The latter set of films star Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, and are written by Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling. Rowling has recently been the center of controversy regarding offensive binary tweets made about sex and transgender women, with Daniel Radcliffe speaking out against her comments. And now Eddie Redmayne has followed suit, despite his continued role in the Fantastic Beasts movie.
A ton of people are speaking out about J.K. Rowling, including those hardcore fans of the Harry Potter franchise that are disappointed with her seemingly transphobic ideas about gender and sex. Daniel Radcliffe recently spoke out in opposition of her tweets, while working with advocacy group The Trevor Project. Eddie Redmayne has also made an official statement in response to Rowling's comments, saying:
Well, that seems pretty cut and dry. Despite his ongoing working relationship with J.K. Rowling, Eddie Redmayne still used his platform to advocate for transgender rights. Given how many challenges the trans community face on a daily basis, Redmaybe felt the need to respond to J.K. Rowling's comments about sex and transgender women.
Eddie Redmayne's statement to Variety made the actor's feelings on the ongoing controversy clear, as he stands with transgender folks whose identity is so often challenged by cisgender people in power. Redmayne famously received an Oscar nomination for playing a trans woman in The Danish Girl, and now he's seemingly honoring that role and the LGBTQIA+ community by speaking out against J.K. Rowling's comments.
This is the second figure in the Wizarding World to come out against J.K. Rowling's comments and the implication they carry for transgender women in particular. Daniel Radcliffe has worked with The Trevor project throughout his career, and issues his own statement in hopes of validating trans folks out there, as well as Harry Potter fans who feel like their favorite franchise has been tainted. In his words,
As of the time of writing, J.K. Rowling is seemingly sticking to her terms, and not apologizing for any pain she could have caused with her controversial tweets. But as more collaborators continue to come to the transgender community's defense, it should be interesting to see if that changes. Gender and sexuality are a spectrum, and there are plenty of people still fighting for inclusion, visibility, and equality.
Eddie Redmaybe is currently expected to play Newt Scamander in the mysterious Fantastic Beasts 3 movie. Production on the threequel was ultimately delayed due to global health concerns, and it's unclear exactly when production will kick up production. But it'll once again see Eddie Redmayne collaborating with J.K. Rowling, despite their clear disagreement.
Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently set to hit theaters in November of 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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