Robbie Coltrane Defends J.K. Rowling Amid Backlash After Her Comments on Transgenderism

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Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane, best known for his long-standing performance as ‘Rubeus Hagrid’ in the Harry Potter franchise, has today come out in defense of the creator of the franchise, J.K. Rowling.

In an interview with Radio Times, Coltrane stated:

“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.

Coltrane’s defense of Rowling follows criticisms following the announcement of her new book, which centers upon a transvestite who kills women, prompting audiences and critics to reignite claims of Rowling’s transphobia.

J.K. had previously faced backlash and allegations of transphobia following comments she made on an article, which referred to “women who menstruate.”

The Harry Potter author responded with a Tweet stating “People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

In his Radio Times interview, Coltrane went on to say of Rowling’s critics that “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’.

Robbie Coltrane refused to comment further in the interview, stating:

“I don’t want to get involved in all of that because of all the hate mail and all that s***, which I don’t need at my time of life”.

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