Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has opened up about his decision to publicly denounce J.K. Rowling in the wake of the anti-trans comments she made last year.
In June, Rowling shared an article about menstrual health to her 15 million Twitter followers, highlighting her issue with the phrase “people who menstruate” before sarcastically implying that the author should have used the word “woman.”
After being accused by many of her followers of trans erasure, the author doubled down on her comments before suggesting that cisgender women face more discrimination.
She then followed up her tweet with an entire essay recycling dangerous anti-trans stereotypes and clichés and reiterating her belief in the “importance of biological sex,” or the sex people are assigned at birth.
Her comments drew outrage from the trans community, who accused Rowling of “denying our humanity” and “relentlessly attacking us.”
Soon celebrities were joining the criticism, including numerous stars of the Harry Potter film franchise. Daniel Radcliffe said he felt compelled to speak out and tell fans that “transgender women are women.”
Emma Watson tweeted that trans people deserve to live their lives without their identity and humanity being questioned.
“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,” she added.