She is the actress famed for playing the delightfully eccentric Ravenclaw Luna Lovegood, and now Evanna Lynch has weighed into the debate surrounding comments made by Harry Potter author JK Rowling saying she deserves ‘more grace’.
JK Rowling has been embroiled in an ‘anti-trans’ row since 2020 when she tweeted that women menstruate in relation to an article titled ‘people who menstruate’. Since then she has been accused of being transphobic online which she has always continued to deny – is in fact her defending the idea that sex is real.
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Many Harry Potter actors have gone to great lengths to express their disagreement with J.K. Rowling’s statements towards trans individuals when given the chance to do such including ‘the golden trio‘ Danielle Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
Lynch backed defended the Harry Potter author at the time on Twitter, but she later deleted her account due to the outrage. Nevertheless, Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Potter series, has chosen a different course this time saying she “was very naive” when she was “dragged into that conversation” back in 2020.
When asked recently by The Telegraph about JK’s controversial statements she said “I just felt that her character has always been to advocate for the most vulnerable members of society. The problem is that there’s a disagreement over who’s the most vulnerable. I do wish people would just give her more grace and listen to her.”
“I didn’t even know there were two sides. I had a view of, like, good and bad. I do have compassion for both sides of the argument. I know what it was like to be a teenager who hated my body so much I wanted to crawl out of my skin, so I have great compassion for trans people and I don’t want to add to their pain.”
“I do also think it’s important that JK Rowling has been amplifying the voices of de-transitioners. I had this impulse to go, ‘Let’s all just stop talking about it’, and I think probably I’m a bit braver now about having uncomfortable conversations.”
After writing to the author about her battles with anorexia, Lynch notably landed the role of Luna in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. While she was recovering, Rowling wrote her “incredible, wise letters” which explains the origins of their friendship and why the actress may be in support of the author.
As well as Lynch other actors from the franchise have defended JK Rowling including Helen Bonham Carter who played Bellatrix Lestrange and Ralph Fiennes who played the dark lord himself, Voldemort. It’s a debate that has caused division within the Harry Potter community, but despite this recent Wizarding World successes such as the release of record breaking, Hogwarts Legacy has showed that people’s love for the franchise has anything but disappeared.
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