After Daniel Radcliffe, more stars from the Harry Potter franchise and its spinoff series Fantastic Beasts have weighed in on author J.K. Rowling's recent tweets which were deemed transphobic.
In a series of tweets, Emma Watson voiced her support of trans women. "Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are," she wrote.
The actress, who played the clever Hermione Granger in the beloved HP series, added, "I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are." She also announced that she will be donating to two organizations that advocate for gender diversity and encouraged others to do the same.
Meanwhile, Eddie Redmayne of the Fantastic Beasts saga said in a statement to Variety: "Respect for transgender people remains a cultural imperative, and over the years I have been trying to constantly educate myself. This is an ongoing process."
The statement continued, "As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand. I disagree with Jo's comments."
"Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid," he added. "I would never want to speak on behalf of the community but I do know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which all too often results in violence and abuse. They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it’s time to let them do so."