With the announcement of her latest book, Troubled Blood, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s transphobia accusations have resurfaced again, but Robbie Coltrane, who plays Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, came to her defense.
In a review from The Telegraph, Rowling’s latest novel under her pen name Robert Galbraith focuses on “a transvestite serial killer” (better described as “a murderous cis man who dresses a woman to kill his victims,” by Pink News) The review says that the novel’s main message appears to be “never trust a man in a dress.”
In June, Rowling came under fire for tweeting about an article that she said “erased” women. “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. 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. It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” she wrote in a thread. Rowling later wrote a lengthy blog post where she doubled down and defended her remarks regarding sex and biology.
The remarks led to actors from the Harry Potter series like Evanna Lynch, Emma Watson, and even the Boy Who Lived Himself, Daniel Radcliffe to show their support for the Trans community, with some even publicly distancing themselves from the author.
When the subject matter of Rowling’s recent book was made known, people again called for the author to be cancelled.
With people on Twitter began calling out Rowling’s recent story, Coltrane did defend the author. In an interview with Radio Times(reported by Huffpost), Coltrane briefly remarked on Rowling’s recent statements. “I don’t think what she said was offensive really. I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended,” he said. “They wouldn’t have won the war, would they? That’s me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, ‘Oh, get over yourself. Wise up, stand up straight and carry on.'”
The actor continued that he didn’t want to get into the controversy too much because of “hate mail and all that s**t, which I don’t need at my time of life.” It’s also worth noting that he didn’t reference Rowling’s latest release specifically.
Coltrane wasn’t the only person to dismiss the criticisms that came against Rowling. A number of people jumped to the author’s support on Twitter with the new book’s announcement. Reporter Kim Willsher asked if everyone had “gone mad,” pointing out that the book has yet to be released and that the book doesn’t seem to be focused on a trans-woman serial killer.
Rowling’s publicist did not respond to Newsweek’s emailed requests for comment in time for publication. A representative for Coltrane declined to comment.