‘JK Rowling is like an aunt I don’t agree with’: Harry Potter star Rupert Grint compares author to older relative over her trans views
- Former Harry Potter actor Grint compared author Rowling to a family member
- Grint said that he ‘doesn’t necessarily agree with everything’ Rowling says
- Rowling has been criticised for her views on trans rights effect on women
Rupert Grint has likened JK Rowling to an aunt who he doesn’t ‘necessarily agree with’ over her views on trans people.
The Harry Potter star, who played Ron Weasley, was among those who had spoken out against Miss Rowling when she voiced concerns last year that biological women were being put at risk in favour of trans rights.
Grint, 33, told The Sunday Times: ‘I liken JK Rowling to an auntie. I don’t necessarily agree with everything my auntie says, but she’s still my auntie. It’s a tricky one.’
The 56-year-old author was absent from the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Reunion released earlier this month – but the film’s cast said her statements about gender were not responsible.
Grint starred in the iconic film adaptation of JK Rowling’s books since her was 11-years-old
Miss Rowling has been vilified by trans activists for her comments.
Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, and Hermione Grainger actress Emma Watson, came out in support of the transgender community.
Amid the intense criticism where trans activists were calling for a boycott of the author, Rowling denied she was transphobic.
She tweeted: ‘If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.
‘I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.’
Grint was cast as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone aged just 11.
Grint likened Rowling’s views on trans rights to that of a family member who he disagrees with
He went on to star in all eight films, which ranged from 2001 to 2011, earning him at least $70 million (£52 million).
Elsewhere in the Sunday Times interview, Rupert Grint admitted he still finds it ‘very hard’ to ‘detach’ himself from Ron having played Harry Potter’s best friend for 10 years.
He explained: ‘I measure my life in Harry Potter movies. They’re so ingrained in me.
‘I find it very hard to detach myself from being Ron – we merged into the same person. I can’t believe it started 20 years ago. It definitely sculpted who I am.
‘I mentally closed the door on it even though I’m constantly faced with it – there’s the play, the theme park and it’s always on TV.’