Actor Ralph Fiennes, who played the villainous Voldemort in four Harry Potter films, has split with his fellow castmates by coming out in support of anti-trans author JK Rowling.
“I can’t understand the vitriol directed at her,” the actor told The Telegraph in an interviewpublished 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.”
A quick recap: The controversy began in June of last year when Rowling tweeted about an op-ed piece regarding “people who menstruate” and mocked the story for not using the word “women.”
The tweet generated backlash, which promoted the author to repeatedly and ever more adamantly defend herself and elaborate on her views in a lengthy essay.
In essence, the author insists, “I know and love trans people,” and that she’s “been empathetic to trans people for decades,” yet also strongly criticizes the use of hormones and surgery in young people (“Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalization that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function”), fears the rights of cis women are being overlooked (“When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he’s a woman, … then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside”), and claims she’s been subjected to online abuse for her views. Rowling’s latest novel, Troubled Blood, then raised eyebrows in September as it followed a detective hunting a male serial killer who dresses as a woman.
Every other cast member – including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint – has gone on record supporting the trans community.
You can read their comments here.