Actress Miriam Margolyes has defended JK Rowling over the “misplaced” criticism she has faced for her views on the trans debate.
The Harry Potter author has faced repeated accusations of transphobia for his opinion on the matter.
Miss Margolyes, 80, pictured, who plays Professor Pomona Sprout in the wizarding franchise, told the Radio Times: “There is no one answer to all these trance questions.
“We all know people who are a little sissy or a bit of a jerk or whatever. But I think the blasphemy that JK Rowling received is misplaced.
“I don’t know him at all. I admire him as a human being.”
Miss Margolyes was one of the few Potter stars to defend her author, with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson all publicly condemning her.
Asked if she would mediate between Miss Watson and Miss Rowling, Miss Margolyes added: “I would if anyone asked me.”
Miss Watson criticized Miss Rowling after her initial comments.
He tweeted: “Trans people are what they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they are not who they say they are.
“I want my trans followers to know that I and many others around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.’
Miss Rowling has put her weight behind the Respect My Sex if You Want My X campaign for women’s rights and recently invited campaign leaders and other women with concerns over the trans rights agenda to a drunken lunch.
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