Daniel Radcliffe: It felt really important to support trans kids after JK Rowling comments

Daniel Radcliffe attends the
Daniel Radcliffe has said he felt compelled to support trans kids after JK Rowling's comments. (Getty Images)

Daniel Radcliffe has said he could not look at himself in the mirror if he had not spoken out to support trans kids following JK Rowling's comments.

The Harry Potter star issued a public apology to fans after the writer was accused of transphobia in 2020 over her stance on protecting sex-based rights for women.

Radcliffe, 33, has now told Indiewire: “The reason I 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.

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“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.

“It was really important as I’ve worked with the Trevor Project for more than 10 years.

JK Rowling with Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint at the world premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' in 2011. (AP)
JK Rowling with Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint at the world premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2' in 2011. (AP)

“And so I don’t think I would’ve been able to look myself in the mirror had I not said anything. But it’s not mine to guess what’s going on in someone else’s head.”

Rowling was 'cancelled' after she responded to a story with a headline that read: “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”

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

The writer went on to publish an essay online in which she claimed - as a domestic violence survivor - that she felt allowing trans people to use single-sex bathrooms and changing rooms could be "offering cover to predators".

Actor Daniel Radcliffe visits Trevor Project's eastcoast call center on February 26, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

At the time Radcliffe released a statement through LGBTQ suicide prevention charity The Trevor Project saying: “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.

“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."

Other Harry Potter stars including Emma Watson and Rupert Grint spoke out against Rowling's views on trans issues.

And other members of the cast have defended the writer.

Miriam Margolyes
Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes defended JK Rowling. (PA)

Miriam Margolyes, who played Professor Sprout, has said the anger directed Rowling had been "misplaced".

The 81-year-old gay actor said: "There isn't one answer to all these trans questions."

The later Robbie Coltrane who played groundskeeper Hagrid, also defended the writer.

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He said previously: “I don’t think what she said was offensive really. I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended."

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