‘Harry Potter’ star Harry Melling addresses J.K. Rowling transphobia controversy

“Harry Potter” alum Harry Melling understands the magic of inclusivity. Melling, who shot to fame playing the cantankerous Dudley Dursley in the “Harry Potter” franchise, recently opened up about his views on the transgender community in the wake of author J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans controversies. During an interview with The Independent published Saturday, Melling voiced his unequivocal support for the trans community. “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,” Melling told the British outlet. “Every single person has the right to choose who they are and to identify themselves as what’s true to themselves.”


Rowling, who penned the children’s novels upon which the films are based, drew the ire of fans and trans allies during the summer of 2020 after making multiple online posts voicing opinions on the transgender community that conflated sex with gender and defended ideas suggesting that changing one’s biological sex threatens her own gender identity. The author has since doubled down even after the posts were widely perceived as transphobic, misinformative and hurtful.

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Melling added: “I don’t want to join the debate of pointing fingers and saying, ‘That’s right, that’s wrong,’ because I don’t think I’m the correct spokesperson for that. But I do believe that everybody has the right to choose.”

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The actor’s comments join the chorus of trans solidarity offered by his “Harry Potter” co-stars in response to Rowling’s remarks. At the time of Rowling’s comments, Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley, issued a statement in support of the trans community. “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,” Grint said in a statement at the time to the U.K.’s The Sunday Times. “We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment.”

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Emma Watson, who portrayed Hogwarts brainiac Hermione Granger, tweeted her support of trans people following Rowling’s controversial comments. “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,” Watson tweeted in June 2020, assuring the trans community and her trans followers that “I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.” Daniel Radcliffe, who played title character Harry Potter, responded to Rowling’s comments about gender and sex in a June 2020 essay for LGBTQ nonprofit organization The Trevor Project, in which he criticized her views. “Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe wrote. “It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.” Helena Bonham Carter defends ‘vindicated’ Johnny Depp, says J.K. Rowling ‘has been hounded’






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