Miriam Margolyes has weighed in on the JK Rowling trans row and argued that the abuse she receives is ‘misplaced’.
The actress, who played the role of Professor Sprout in the author’s best-selling franchise Harry Potter, told the Radio Times why she’s avoiding talking about the British author.
She said: “I was asked to make a public statement and I didn’t want to. I just thought I’ve made enough public statements.”
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Margolyes went on to say that there isn’t ‘one answer to all these trans questions,’ adding: “We all know people who are slightly pansy or a bit butch or whatever you call it.
“But I think the vituperation that JK Rowling has received is misplaced.”
Despite this statement, the 80-year-old acknowledged that she ‘doesn’t know’ Rowling that well.
Unlike Margolyes, many other Harry Potter stars have weighed in on the writer’s trans row, including Emma Watson.
The star, who played Hermione Granger in the hit series, went viral at the BRITs when she made a ‘savage’ dig about Rowling.
Watson made the comment when she was invited on stage by comedian Rebel Wilson, who said: “Here to present the next award is Emma Watson. She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch.”
Subtlely referring to the lengthy debate, the actress stated: “I’m here for all the witches.”
At the time, Watson received a ton of backlash for the comment, with many dubbing her ‘ungrateful’.
One tweeted: “Emma Watson is an ungrateful b*** who would be nothing without JK Rowling. It’s women who menstruate, give birth have a cervix, have a vagina, have ovaries, not men with penises.”
Another added: “Emma Watson should realise that without JK Rowling she would be a no one!”
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