Daniel Radcliffe hopes JK Rowling gender comments don’t ‘taint’ Harry Potter

Actor, Daniel Radcliffe has voiced concerns over JK Rowling’s comments about gender tainting the Harry Potter series for fans.

Author, JK Rowling had been criticised for tweets taking issue with the phrase “people who menstruate”.

Commenting on the subject, Radcliffe in a statement posted on an LGBT suicide prevention charity website, said: “Transgender women are women.

“Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people.”

Radcliffe said this was not about “in-fighting” and added he felt “compelled to say something” because Rowling was responsible for the “course his life has taken”.

Writing on The Trevor Project’s website he said he was sorry to anyone whose “experience of the [Harry Potter] books has been tarnished”.

“If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe… that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, non-binary, 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.

“I hope that these comments will not taint that too much.”

Rowling had tweeted at the weekend about an article discussing “people who menstruate”.

“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”, She tweeted.

In response, users of the microblogging platform called her transphobic.

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