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Out of the Whole ‘Harry Potter’ Cast, Only Voldemort has Publicly Supported J.K. Rowling

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J.K. Rowling has some well-documented issues with the trans community. She likes to claim she has no issue with trans women, but when you want to exclude trans women from women’s spaces and treat them like men, well, you have issues with trans women.

And she’s certainly entitled to her opinion. I’m still going to play that Hogwarts open-world video game when it comes out. I mean, I’ll probably wait for it to go on sale, it’s not Ghost of Tsushima or anything, but I’ll get it. Granted, I was in college when Harry Potter started to become a thing so it was more a thing I thought was fine, basically than an obsession I now have to reckon with, but disagreeing with the writer has it soured me on it.

It is funny that the only member of the cast of the movies to publicly come to her defense is the guy who played Voldemort, though.

Here’s what Ralph Fiennes said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I can’t understand the vitriol directed at her,” the actor told The Telegraph in an interview published Wednesday. “I can understand the heat of an argument, but I find this age of accusation and the need to condemn irrational. I find the level of hatred that people express about views that differ from theirs, and the violence of language towards others, disturbing.”

Honestly, he has a point; I don’t need everyone to agree with all of my views about everything to like them. People are complex, and I don’t expect people to fall into one side or the other perfectly.

But J.K. Rowling has kind of kept picking at the issue. She keeps making little digs and needles that keeps bringing it to everyone’s attention that she sucks. I’m not sure that Ralph Fiennes actually understands that aspect of this issue. She’s entitled to her opinion, but it’s hard to describe some of her behavior as anything other than courting controversy and then trying to make herself the victim when she gets that controversy.

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