Lately, JK Rowling hasn’t made many friends. Accused of transphobia after having made equivocal comments on multiple occasions, the creator of the Harry Potter books has alienated many people who revolve around the universe of her books. But now a gleam appears in this dark landscape, since the British author has found support … in Robbie Coltrane, the former interpreter of the giant Rubens Hagrid. It’s quite simple: for the 70-year-old actor, the public “takes offense too easily”.
Asked about the transphobic controversy on Radio Times, the actor said he was on JK Rowling’s side. “I don’t think what she said is really serious, he said. I don’t know. I think there is a whole generation on Twitter that hangs around a bit waiting to be offended. . But they wouldn’t have won a real war, would they? I sound a bit like a cranky old man, but I’m like, ‘Oh, get on with it. Be good, stand up straight and go on living.’ But I don’t really want to be involved in all of this because of all the hate I could get behind it. I don’t need that in my life. “
The more the days go by, the more the actors who have turned in the Harry Potter saga dissociate themselves from JK Rowling. In turn, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have shown their love for the trans community, no matter what the writer thinks. “Trans people are exactly what they say they are,” former Hermione Granger said on social media. “These people deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned, without we tell them they are not what they claim to be. “
Remember that, for weeks, JK Rowling has been accumulating awkwardness. By liking tweets which explain that trans women are “only men in dress”, by questioning the notion of gender, by never ceasing to express herself on themes that she does not necessarily master. The icing on the cake ? On Tuesday, September 15, 2020, she released a new opus of the adventures of Cormorant Strike in which the detective pursues a serial killer “who dresses like a woman” to attack his victims. In the second volume of these books, which she writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, she already described a trans character as being “unstable and aggressive”. This is starting, no doubt, to do a bit much …