Harry Potter actor Evanna Lynch has addressed J.K. Rowling’s trans controversy, describing her as an author who advocates for “the most vulnerable members of society”.In recent years, Rowling has generated uproar with a number of remarks that many have perceived as transphobic.
In 2020, Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint defended transgender women and men after Rowling questioned the phrase “people who menstruate” on Twitter.“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” Rowling wrote in a Twitter thread at the time. “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.”Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, defended Rowling at the time on Twitter, with the subsequent backlash leading her to delete her account. “I think it’s irresponsible to discuss such a delicate topic over Twitter through fragmented thoughts and I wish Jo wouldn’t,” she wrote at the time. “That said, as a friend and admirer of Jo I can’t forget what a generous and loving person she is.”The actor has since discussed the controversy around the author in an interview with The Telegraph, where she referred to her past comments.“I was very naive when I was dragged into that conversation,” Lynch told the outlet. “I didn’t even know there were two sides.