Rupert Grint and Fantastic Beasts star Don Fogler are the latest Wizarding World actors to come out against J.K. Rowling’s transphobic remarks.
Rupert Grint sent a statement to the UK media on Friday, saying: “I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgement.”
The actor is the latest in a line of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts actors to come out against J.K. Rowling’s transphobic remarks, with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson likewise releasing statements decrying Rowling’s remarks.
Also today, Fantastic Beasts co-star Dan Fogler issued his own statement, in which he notes the struggles that his Muggle character Jacob has in the Wizarding World:
“The core of Jacob’s character and story is that he is a human no-maj and considered a different class altogether by many wizards,” he writes. “Jacob somehow finds love with a magical witch, and even though it’s forbidden, as so many of Jo’s stories teach us: love triumphs over all, and to accept people for who they are.”
Personal education’s an ongoing process&growth should be encouraged Here are my cisgender white Jewish male thoughts on transgender equality pic.twitter.com/lMVkuBBeGa
— Dan Fogler (@mrdanfogler) June 12, 2020
The lead star of the Fantastic Beasts film series, Eddie Redmayne, also released his own statements which were firmly against out against Rowling’s transphobic views.