BREAKING: Robbie Coltrane, known for his role as Hagrid in ‘Harry Potter’ is defending Rowling recent comments about the transgender community.
On Monday, J.K. Rowling’s new book Troubled Blood, about a cisgender male who dresses as a woman to lure and kill his victims, caught the attention of the internet. The book caused outrage following her transgender claims over the past few months and led to #RIPJKRowling trending on Twitter.
J.K. Rowling has been in hot water over the past few months due to her controversial comments about the transgender community. Back in December, Rowling faced massive backlash for tweeting in support of Maya Forstater who lost her job for misgendering trans people.
Following this, she then began following and liking a number of anti-trans accounts and sentiments including “self-professed transphobe” Magdalen Berns on Twitter. Then, back in June, she shared an article titled Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate with a caption mocking the phrase “people who menstruate.”
“From her own words,” Kennedy said. “I take Rowling’s position to be that the sex one is assigned at birth is the primary and determinative factor of one’s gender, regardless of one’s gender identity- a position that I categorically reject.”
More recently, the synopsis for her new book Troubled Blood was brought to the attention of onlookers and fans. The book follows a private detective named Cormoran Strike as he investigates a cisgender male serial killer who wears women’s clothing to kill female victims.
Given Rowling’s recent claims, the plot of Troubled Blood angered many. As the Telegraph says in a review of the book, “one wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress.”
Now, Coltrane is defending the Harry Potter author amid the controversy. The actor told the Radio Times that the social media generation is, essentially, blowing her comments out of proportion.
“I don’t think what she said was offensive really,” Coltrane says. “I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. They wouldn’t have won the war, would they? That’s me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, ‘Oh, get over yourself. Wise up, stand up straight and carry on.’”
Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Eddie Redmayne are among the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stars to speak up in support of the trans community in recent months. As well, Daniel Radcliffe previously stated “transgender women are women.”
Last month, Rowling clarified her stance on the transgender community after returning her humanitarian award. In the statement, Rowling denied that she is transphobic.