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J.K. Rowling Hits Out at Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson Over Their Trans Rights Support: They Can ‘Save Their Apologies’



The ‘Harry Potter’ stars previously spoke out in support of trans rights following comments made by series author Rowling

Controversial author J.K. Rowling is speaking out against her former Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.

In a series of posts on X (formerly Twitter) Wednesday, April 10, the fantasy book series’ author — who has previously been criticized for anti-transgender comments, as well as her support for others with transphobic views — shared a recent independent review “of the medical evidence for transitioning children.”

One follower responded to her on X, “Just waiting for Dan and Emma to give you a very public apology … safe in the knowledge that you will forgive them … ” (Neither Radcliffe, 34, nor Watson, 33, have spoken out about their views on medical transitioning of children.)

“Not safe, I’m afraid,” Rowling said. “Celebs who cosied up to a movement intent on eroding women’s hard-won rights and who used their platforms to cheer on the transitioning of minors can save their apologies for traumatised detransitioners and vulnerable women reliant on single sex spaces.”

Reps for Radcliffe and Watson did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment on Thursday, April 11.

In June 2020, Rowling publicly posted an essay criticizing transgender rights, stating in part, “I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it.”

LGBTQ advocates and multiple stars of Rowling’s movies quickly spoke out against her comments, with GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis calling it a “misinformed and dangerous missive about transgender people” that “flies in the face of medical and psychological experts and devalues trans people accounts of their own lives.”

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