“I will continue to support the fight”: Daniel Radcliffe Proves He’s a True Gryffindor After Responding to JK Rowling’s Message of Never Forgiving Him

Daniel Radcliffe reveals his response to JK Rowling saying she will not forgive him over his stance on transgender issues

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  • Daniel Radcliffe and JK Rowling are on opposite sides on the issue of transgender rights
  • Rowling has stated that she will not forgive him and other Harry Potter actors for holding oppositional views on the subject
  • Radcliffe has remained firm in his support for transgender people even if it results in Rowling's disapproval
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The global Harry Potter community had long been celebrated as a place of companionship and inclusivity. But the community’s reputation took a severe hit in recent years, ever since Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling came out with statements that are seen as transphobic. This led to a fission within the fandom, as people in the Harry Potter Community took sides on the issue for or against Rowling.


As the person who portrayed Harry Potter in the movies, Daniel Radcliffe was caught in the middle of the discourse. The actor came out with a clear stance, expressing his support for the transgender community and condemning alleged transphobic remarks by Rowling. Now, Radcliffe has revealed that while his stance has heavily strained his relationship with J.K. Rowling, he has no intention of backing down from his statements. 

J.K. Rowling Opposed By Harry Potter Actors

Harry, Ron, and Hermione on the Hogwarts Express
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Many actors who had worked in the Harry Potter franchise have taken issue publicly with J.K. Rowling’s alleged remarks about the transgender community. Chief among them were Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe. The latter in particular emphasised the need to listen to transgender people on the issue of trans rights instead of Rowling or other detractors of the movement. 


For some time, J.K. Rowling did not directly address Radcliffe and Watson’s repudiation of her stance on transgender issues. But recently the author made it clear that their position is unacceptable to her. When asked on X (formerly Twitter) if celebrities like Radcliffe and Watson would be safe in the knowledge that she would forgive them if they gave her a public apology, Rowling answered in the negative:

Upon hearing news of Rowling’s remarks, Radcliffe reiterated his previous stance on transgender rights to The Atlantic. The actor reflected on the world of Harry Potter that Rowling had created, and its deeply empathetic attitude towards outsiders and minorities. He also acknowledged the effect the Harry Potter books had on his own career: 


“I will continue to support the rights of all LGBTQ people, and have no further comment than that… Obviously Harry Potter would not have happened without [J.K. Rowling], so nothing in my life would have probably happened the way it is without that person. But that doesn’t mean that you owe the things you truly believe to someone else for your entire life.”

With his response, Daniel Radcliffe has made it clear that he will not allow his past association with the world of Harry Potter to stop him from speaking up for what he believes in. His stance has been applauded by many in the Harry Potter community. 

The Harry Potter Fandom Remains Divided

Harry and his friends talk to Mundungus Fletcher
A still from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Since making her position on transgender issues public, J.K. Rowling has been receiving blowback from many corners of the internet.

Despite the controversy, the Harry Potter films and books continue to be a major franchise IP. The series was most recently given a video game adaptation in the form of Hogwarts Legacy. The game was a huge hit, and plans are already underway for a sequel. 


The Harry Potter movies are now available for streaming on HBO Max.


Written by Neeraj Chand

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Writer with 8 years of experience working for some of the biggest pop culture websites in the world, including Screen rant, CBR, Looper, and Movieweb. Filled with a keen sense of enthusiasm towards studying the changing landscape of the international entertainment industry, and tracking those changes by writing articles relating to them in the form of news, features, listicles, and reviews.