Daniel Radcliffe Is ‘Really Sad’ About JK Rowling’s Stance on Trans Rights

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Daniel Radcliffe, famous for his role as the titular character in the globally adored Harry Potter film series, recently shared thoughtful insights on his support for the LGBTQ community in an exclusive interview with The Atlantic. The actor, whose career was catapulted by J.K. Rowling‘s fantastical world, expressed a nuanced stance on the author's controversial comments regarding gender.

In a profile published on Tuesday (Apr. 30, 2024), the star furthermore added that although “nothing in my life would have probably happened” without Rowling, he doesn’t “owe the things you truly believe to someone else.”

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London, UK. Daniel Radcliffe at UK Special Screening of “The Lost City” at Cineworld Leicester Square. 31st March 2022. (Photo by Gary Mitchell/Landmark Media WWW.LMKMEDIA.COM.)

“It makes me really sad, ultimately,” the 34-year-old told the outlet, “because I do look at the person that I met, the times that we met, and the books that she wrote, and the world that she created, and all of that is to me so deeply empathic.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the Kill Your Darlings star said: “Jo, obviously Harry Potter would not have happened without her, so nothing in my life would have probably happened the way it is without that person. But that doesn’t mean that you owe the things you truly believe to someone else for your entire life.”

The 34-year-old actor candidly discussed the joys of the magical universe Rowling created, which he describes as inherently empathetic. These remarks come amid ongoing discussions about Rowling's views on gender, which first sparked widespread debate in 2020 following a series of tweets from the author.

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WESTWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA – MARCH 21: English actor Daniel Radcliffe arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Paramount Pictures' ‘The Lost City' held at the Regency Village Theatre on March 21, 2022 in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency)

Radcliffe, along with co-stars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, has been vocal about supporting the rights of transgender individuals, affirming their belief in the dignity and identity of all people, regardless of gender. “There’s a version of ‘Are these three kids ungrateful brats?’ that people have always wanted to write, and they were finally able to. So, good for them, I guess.”

His compassionate and thoughtful response to a complex issue reflects a broader conversation within the entertainment industry and society at large about respect, understanding, and the evolving nature of public discourse. Radcliffe's unwavering support for all individuals and his reflections on the power of empathy and storytelling underscores the ongoing dialogue about inclusion and diversity in every sphere, including the magical and the mundane.

Concluding his thoughts, the star said: “I will continue to support the rights of all LGBTQ people, and have no further comment than that.” His stance serves as a reminder of the power of empathy and the importance of standing up for what one believes in, even in the face of controversy or disagreement.


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