Harry Potter Fires the First Spell Against Rowling’s Transphobic Tweets

by Tiago Decker

J.K Rowling has come under fire for a barrage of tweets that she fired that more or less makes her out to be a transphobic person. The comments begin last Saturday when the 54-uear-old novelist took a different stand to an opinion piece which read “Creating a more equal-post world for people who menstruate”

“People who menstruate’?” Rowling wrote in response on Twitter. “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”And as a result, the author became the subject of a major backlash especially from people from the trans community with many users pointing out that people aren’t required to menstruate in order to be considered a woman or vice-versa.

“Ah yes, J.K. Rowling proving once again that she is transphobic and dismissive of trans people,” was the overall tone of the response and ends with“Menopausal women don’t menstruate, women who’ve had hysterectomies don’t menstruate, trans women don’t menstruate, so are they all just not women now?While many people did not come out to protect Rowling as she claimed, Harry Potter aka Daniel Radcliffe fired a shot that the creator certainly did not expect.

While not taking any shots at the posts directly, Radcliffe choose to condone the behavior by apologizing on her behalf. Radcliffe tweeted “To all the people who now feel that their experience of the (Harry Potter) books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you.” Radcliffe further published this statement on the Trevor Project’s website.

“I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you,” he further writes.

 

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