Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe isn't backing down after speaking out against author J.K. Rowling's anti-trans comments. Speaking with IndieWire, the actor now says he doesn't regret penning an open letter to Potter fans in June 2020 supporting the trans community. "I don’t think I would’ve been able to look myself in the mirror had I not said anything," he said.
Speaking with the news outlet on November 1, 2022, Radcliffe explained why he felt he had to speak out.
"The reason I was felt very, very much as though I needed to say something when I did was because, particularly since finishing ‘Potter,’ I’ve met so many queer and trans kids and young people who had a huge amount of identification with Potter on that," he explained in the recent interview. "And so seeing them hurt on that day I was like, I wanted them to know that not everybody in the franchise felt that way. And that was really important,” he added.
He is of course referencing a letter he wrote following a slew of tweets from "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling. Who faced a backlash on Twitter on June 6, 2020 after claiming that denying gender orientation based on sex erases the experiences of biological women. A very flawed theory, as many people pointed out that trans women are women. Something that Radcliffe himself asserted in his letter to the fandom shortly after.
"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 wrote.
People in the comments section were applauding the actor for once again standing up for what's right. "I stand with Daniel Radcliffe," wrote @suestwitpage. "I love Radcliffe even more for doing this," @TheRaginAsian92 agreed. "Daniel Radcliffe is a real man for standing up for human beings. JK Rowling is a hateful, transphobic bigot," @Bearwhale agreed.
In his recent interview with IndieWire, Radcliffe reiterated that speaking out weighed heavily on his conscious and he didn't feel that he could stay silent.
“It was really important as I’ve worked with the Trevor Project for more than 10 years, and so I don’t think I would’ve been able to look myself in the mirror had I not said anything,” he told IndieWire. “It’s not mine to guess what’s going on in someone else’s head.”