Daniel Radcliffe, the actor best known for playing Harry Potter in the film series based on JK Rowling’s books, has apologised to the author’s recent controversial comments towards the trans community.
Radcliffe in a statement given to The Trevor Project says that he unequivocally emphasised that ‘transgender women are women’.
Radcliffe acknowledged Rowling’s importance in his career but said that he felt ‘compelled’ to stand up for the trans community.
“I realize that certain press outlets will probably want to paint this as in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself, but that is really not what this is about, nor is it what’s important right now. 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,” he said.
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“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,” he added.
Radcliffe also apologised to hurt Potterheads who felt hurt by Rowling’s recent tweets and wished that their love for the Harry Potter books remained unchanged.
“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. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you,” he said.