Daniel Radcliffe is apparently open to reprising his iconic role, but only if J.K. Rowling has nothing to do with it.
A source told publication We Got This Covered, Daniel would be down to dust off his wand, but only if “J.K. Rowling isn’t involved in whichever project he signs up for, as he looks to distance himself from the author’s controversial series of statements.”
Understandably, really, considering what those “controversial series of statements” have been. Rowling has long been known to post problematic tweets, but in June of this year she posted some of her most direct and offensive yet. Given the fact they came right in the middle of the global pandemic, it was even more frustrating.
Alongside an opinion article, Rowling had tweeted: “’People who menstruate.’ I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
The author went on to write another tweet denigrating trans people – already one of the most marginalised groups on the planet – essentially saying that trans women are not 'real women'.
Daniel, who has long been a supporter of The Trevor Project, an initiative which focuses on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth, wrote an open letter to Harry Potter fans who might've now felt “their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished”.
“Transgender women are women,” he wrote. “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.” You can read the whole letter here.
So, it seems like the ball's in Warner Bros. court: Daniel Radcliffe or J.K Rowling?
Main Image Credit: Harry Potter, Warner Bros. Pictures