Harry Potter star speaks out in defence of JK Rowling as trans row rages on

Harry Potter star speaks out in defence of JK Rowling as trans row rages on
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Aden-Jay Wood

By Aden-Jay Wood

Published: 19/04/2022

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Ms Rowling has previously been criticised for her views on women's rights

Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes has come to the defence of JK Rowling after the author was criticised for her views on women’s rights.

Ms Margolyes, 80, played Pomona Sprout in the film series – based on Ms Rowling's books – and says she “admires” the author.

She added: “There isn't one answer to all these trans questions. We all know people who are slightly pansy or a bit butch or whatever you call it.

“But I think the vituperation JK Rowling has received is misplaced. I don't know her at all. I admire her as a human being.”

File photo dated 30/07/16 of JK Rowling. The Boswells School in Chelmsford, Essex, that named a house after JK Rowling has dropped the title in light of the Harry Potter author's %22comments and viewpoints surrounding trans people%22. Issue date: Wednesday January 5, 2022.
JK Rowling has been backed by Miriam Margoyles
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File photo dated 17/10/21 of Emma Watson arriving for the first Earthshot Prize awards ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London. Ms Watson has said getting behind the camera and learning how it works has been %22the most empowering thing%22 she learned in lockdown. The actress, 31, revealed she previously thought the %22most glamorous and exciting thing%22 was to be someone's %22muse%22, but now feels it is %22something else%22 to tell your own story.
Emma Watson has been heavily critical of Ms Rowling's views
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Her comments come after the likes of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint publicly condemned Ms Rowling for her views.

Ms Watson took to Twitter to say: “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren't who they say they are.

“I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.”

Asked if she would act as a mediator between Ms Watson and Ms Rowling, Ms Margolyes said to the Radio Times: “I would if anybody asked me."

It was announced over the weekend that Ms Rowling has been excluded from a Platinum Jubilee reading list, which highlights 70 of the best reads from across the Commonwealth, one for every year of the Queen’s reign.

The initiative’s co-founder, BBC Arts insist that the decision had nothing to do with the trans row.

While Susheila Nasta, a judge in the contest and emeritus professor of modern literature at Queen Mary and Westfield University, said: “There was a big discussion about JK Rowling.

“She was on the long-list with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone."

Professor Nasta told the Sunday Times: "A space was cleared for someone equally as good but whose work was not as well-known.

"There were some very tricky decisions."

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