Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch ‘saddened’ by JK Rowling’s trans comments

Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch has condemned JK Rowling’s comments about transgender women, admitting she’s ‘saddened’ by the author’s remarks. 

Rowling, 54, has been criticised for making a series of comments over the weekend that have been deemed ‘anti-trans’. 

Evanna, who starred as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies, spoke out on the controversy via Twitter on Tuesday (9 June). 

She began the lengthy statement: ‘I wanted to stay out of commenting on JKR’s tweets because it feels impossible to address this subject on Twitter but I am so saddened to see trans people feeling abandoned by the HP community so here are my thoughts: 

‘I imagine that being trans and learning to accept and love yourself is challenging enough and we as a society should not be adding to that pain. 

‘Feeling like you don’t fit in or aren’t accepted for who you are are the worst, most lonely feelings a human can experience and I won’t be helping to marginalise trans women and men further.’ 

The actress continued: ‘I applaud the immense bravery they show in embracing themselves and think we all should listen to their stories, especially as it is Pride Month. Personally, I don’t think Twitter is the right place to have this very complex conversation and we should be reading articles and memoirs, listening to podcasts and having long-form conversations. 

Rowling had tweeted over the weekend in response to an article: ‘People who menstruate”. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’ 

She later tweeted: ‘If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.’

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