What Has Daniel Radcliffe Said About JK Rowling's Controversial Remarks?

Daniel Radcliffe spoke out against JK Rowling's controversial comments about transgender women.

In an open letter shared on The Trevor Project's website, Radcliffe stood with transgender women who may have been affected by Rowling's tweet, in which she seemed to challenge gender identity. Although Radcliffe recognized that the press would likely take his statement as "in-fighting" between himself and the Harry Potter author, the actor said his decision to address Rowling's comments was merely his way of showing allyship with the LGBTQ+ community.

What Daniel Radcliffe Said About JK Rowling
British author J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter children's books, and 11-year-old Daniel Radcliffe attend the world film premiere of "Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone" at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London on November 4, 2001. On Monday, Radcliffe spoke out against Rowling's controversial remarks against transgender women. Gareth Davies/Getty Images

"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," Radcliffe wrote. "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."

Noting the 78 percent of transgender and nonbinary kids that are discriminated against—as reported by The Trevor Project, an American non-profit organization that provides suicide prevention efforts to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth—Radcliffe said that it was "clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm."

Radcliffe went on to apologize for any pain Rowling's tweets may have caused.

"To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you," he wrote. "I really hope that you don't entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you. If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life—then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred."

He added: "And in my opinion, nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much."

Radcliffe had no further comment to offer when asked by Newsweek.

Rowling sparked outrage after she appeared to mock a headline of a devex.com article about "people who menstruate" over the weekend. Rowling, apparently perturbed by the article's inclusivity of gender nonbinary persons in regards to the menstrual cycle, tweeted, "People who menstruate.' I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?

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— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020

When the backlash began, Rowling defended her position.

"If sex isn't real, there's no same-sex attraction. If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased," she tweeted. "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."