J.K. Rowling, the writer of the Harry Potter series, came under fire in 2020 after tweeting some contentious things about the trans community. Fans and Wizarding World celebrities including Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Eddie Redmayne spoke out against her because of her views.
Another actor has now joined the heated debate surrounding Rowling by taking a position. The actor who portrayed Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter movies, Harry Melling, has now spoken out about the situation and expressed his feelings.
The actor expressed his disagreement with J.K. Rowling‘s stance in an interview with The Independent, although he did not criticize the writer. He only contends that “transgender women are women and transgender men are men” and that everyone has the freedom to choose how they want to identify.
During the course of the conversation, he made the following statement, I can only speak for myself, and what I feel, to me, is very simple, which is that transgender women are women and transgender men are men. Every single person has a right to choose who they are and to identify themselves as whats true to themselves. I dont want to join the debate of pointing fingers and saying, Thats right, thats wrong, because I dont think I am a correct spokesperson for that. But I do believe that everybody has the right to choose.
While some Wizarding performers spoke out, others kept mute. Melling‘s response is unusual in that he rejects to become involved in the argument not because he doesn’t want trouble with J.K. Rowling, but because as a cisgender male actor, he is not the ideal person to advocate for transgender problems, and we agree.
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