Daniel Radcliffe fans say he owes JK Rowling 'nothing' as actor slams author for trans comments AGAIN
Daniel Radcliffe became a worldwide sensation with ‘Harry Potter’ movies and a lot of credit for the franchise’s success goes to author JK Rowling because of how extremely well-written those novels are. However, that doesn’t mean that the actor has to support everything that is being said by the author. The 33-year-old actor took a stand when Rowling went way out of the line in saying inappropriate things about transgender people. The actor has now opened up about his decision to speak against the ‘Harry Potter’ author and noted why it was important for him to come forward and say how he truly feels about the issue.
For the uninitiated, Radcliffe shared a statement in 2020 and slammed the author’s rhetoric around trans people and issues. At the time, he said, “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.” The actor received a lot of praise for his comments and was hailed as a true ‘Harry Potter’ icon.
Now, two years later, the star has once again come forward to tell how important it was for him to speak on the issues. In a recent interview, the ‘Lost City’ star shared that he decided to say something at the time because he felt he had to say something specifically to the ‘Harry Potter’ fans. He was concerned for all the young trans fans who were hurt by Rowling’s statements and wanted to convey that not “everybody in the franchise” felt that way.
“The reason I felt very, very much as though I needed to say something when I did was that, particularly since finishing ‘Potter’, I’ve met so many queer and trans kids and young people who had a huge amount of identification with Potter on that. And so seeing them hurt on that day I was like, I wanted them to know that not everybody in the franchise felt that way. And that was really important,” Radcliffe told IndieWire.
The actor also noted that he wouldn’t have been able to see himself “in the mirror” if he wouldn’t say anything about the issue.
As soon as his comments surfaced online, his fans and ‘Harry Potter’ fans came forward in applauding him for being a constant support for the LGBTQIA+ community. They also let others know that Radcliffe owes “nothing” to Rowling. One of the fans wrote, “I love the people saying he’s ungrateful after she gave him everything. She literally had nothing to do with his casting.” Another social media user said, “As the years go on, I’m more convinced that he’s like the best dude ever.”
i love the ppl saying he’s ungrateful after she gave him everything. she literally had nothing to do with his casting— laura 🦠 (@ecto_fun) November 1, 2022
As the years go on, I’m more convinced that he’s like the best dude ever.— Ransom Meloni (@RansomMeloni) November 1, 2022
“W for Radcliffe Major L for anyone saying ‘He’s nothing without her’ and ‘She made his career’ Radcliffe owes her nothing,” said another user. “Gotta say, Daniel Radcliffe sounds like an awesome dude,” another fan tweeted. "That’s my Harry Potter," tweeted another social media user.
W for Radcliffe— Alex #ContinueTheMonsterverse (@D3ADM0N5T3RC4T) November 1, 2022
Major L for anyone saying “He’s nothing without her” and “She made his career”
Radcliffe owes her nothing
Gotta say, Daniel Radcliffe sounds like an awesome dude.— Robert Kirby III (@RobertK22245756) November 2, 2022
That’s my Harry Potter— CineHQ (@cine_hqWill) November 1, 2022
Apart from talking his heart out, Radcliffe is busy promoting his upcoming movie ‘Weird: The Al Yankovic Story’ where he plays the parody singer. The movie is scheduled to premiere exclusively on Roku Channel on Friday, November 4, 2022.