‘The vituperation JK Rowling received is misplaced’: Miriam Margolyes becomes the first Harry Potter star to publicly defend the author after Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint condemn her in trans row
- Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes defended JK Rowling for her trans views
- The author was strongly criticized, even by the stars of Harry Potter on the subject
- Miss Margolyes, 80, said the sentencing Rowling received was ‘misplaced’
Actress Miriam Margolyes has defended JK Rowling for the “misguided” vitriol she has faced for her views on the trans debate.
The Harry Potter author has faced repeated accusations of transphobia for his advocacy of women’s rights.
Miss Margolyes, 80, who played Professor Pomona Sprout in the wizarding franchise, told Radio Times: “There’s no one answer to all these trans questions. We all know people who are slightly pansy or kinda butch or whatever you call it.
“But I think the vituperation that JK Rowling received is out of place. I don’t know her at all. I admire her as a human being.
Miss Margolyes is one of the few Potter stars to have defended the author, with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson publicly condemning her.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has come under fire and been accused of transphobia for sharing her views on the trans debate
Miriam Margolyes (pictured as Professor Pomona Sprout) admitted she didn’t know JK Rowling personally but ‘admired’ the author as a human being
Asked if she would referee between Miss Watson and Miss Rowling, Miss Margolyes added: ‘I would if someone asked me to.
Miss Watson slammed Miss Rowling following her initial comments.
She tweeted: “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they are not who they say they are.”
“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.”
Miss Rowling has given her support to the ‘Respect My Sex If You Want My X’ campaign for women’s rights and recently invited campaign leaders and other women concerned about the trans rights agenda to a luncheon well watered.
As well as defending Miss Rowling, Miss Margolyes also criticized Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries for her treatment of the BBC and Channel 4.
Miss Dorries faced a backlash earlier this month when she announced plans to privatize Channel 4.
Ministers have agreed that the broadcaster, launched in 1982, will go on sale next year.
Miss Margolyes said: ‘It is inconceivable to me that a woman of limited intelligence could be given such a vital role. She doesn’t know anything.
His words echo those of Nick Hewer, who lambasted Miss Dorries on Times Radio this month.
“I don’t know if Nadine Dorries knows anything to be completely honest,” he said.
I’m not sure she knows how to get home at night. A friend just sent me two clips of her being interviewed.
‘It’s absolutely amazing. A secretary of state who stumbles without knowing what is going on.
Miss Margolyes recently starred alongside actor Alan Cumming on Channel 4’s Lost in Scotland, which followed the couple on a motorhome trip through Scotland.