Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes defends writer JK Rowling amid backlash over trans comments

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.”

Miriam Margolyes (second from left) has defended JK Rowling over what she said was
Camera IconMiriam Margolyes (second from left) has defended JK Rowling for what she says is “misplaced” the sharp criticism the author has faced for her views on the trans debate. Credit: Mount Peter/Warner Bros. Images
Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
Camera IconHarry Potter author JK Rowling. Credit: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for Warner Bros.

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.

Miss Margolyes is one of the few Potter stars to have defended her author, with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, pictured here with JK Rowling all publicly condemning her.
Camera IconMiss Margolyes is one of the few Potter stars to have defended her author, with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, pictured here with JK Rowling all publicly condemning her. Credit: JOHN D MCHUGH/AP
Emma Watson has criticized Miss Rowling after her initial comments.
Camera IconEmma Watson has criticized Miss Rowling after her initial comments. Credit: PROVIDED/provided

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.

If you or someone you know wants to talk, call Qlife on 1800 184 527 or LGBTIQ+ Health Australia.

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