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J.K Rowling is yet again showing her transphobic side, but this time the cast of Harry Potter are standing up to her.
Over the weekend the author made controversial comments about transgender people on her Twitter account.
The controversy started when J.K Rowling made fun of an article titled "Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate."
In the Twitter post she said, "People who menstruate. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"
She continued this mockery in several other tweets.
In one of them she said, "If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction."
"If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased."
"I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives."
"It isn’t hate to speak the truth."
These comments have angered many people including some of the cast members in the Harry Potter franchise.
Daniel Radcliffe who famously played Harry Potter has come out and shown his support for the trans community.
He issued a statement via The Trevor Project and said, "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 said he hopes J.K Rowling's words hasn't tarnished fans' love for the books.
"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," he said.
"I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you."
"If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, non-binary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred."
"And in my opinion nobody can touch that."
"It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much."
Katie Leung who played Cho Chang in the series also responded to J.K Rowling's transphobic comments.
On her Twitter she proceeded to share several links to charities and initiatives accepting donations to support black trans lives, including a GoFund Me helping homeless black trans women in Atlanta.
J.K Rowling has yet to respond to Katie Leung and Daniel Radcliffe.