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Ralph Fiennes Calls “Verbal Abuse” Of ‘Harry Potter’ Author JK Rowling Over Trans Issues “Disgusting”

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Ralph Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter film franchise, says the “verbal abuse” directed at Potter author JK Rowling over her statements on trans women is “disgusting” and “appalling.” “JK Rowling has written these great books about empowerment,” Fiennes says in an interview with The New York Times‘ Maureen Dowd, “about young children finding themselves as human beings.

It’s about how you become a better, stronger, more morally centred human being. The verbal abuse directed at her is disgusting, it’s appalling.” Rowling has come under considerable backlash in recent years for her comments on gender identity and trans rights that have been interpreted as transphobic.

Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have publicly disavowed Rowling’s comments, with Grint, who played Ron Weasley in Warner Bros’ Harry Potter films, saying “Trans women are women.

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