Ralph Fiennes: Harry Potter actor ‘can’t understand the vitriol directed at JK Rowling’

JK Rowling, author of Harry Potter, was criticised by members of the LGBTQ+ community after remarks she made in a series of tweets over the phrase “people who menstruate”. Ralph Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort in the franchise, has spoken out about the backlash the author has received.

The 58-year-old expressed that he didn’t understand the “vitriol” Rowling has faced in a new interview.

The actor came to the author’s defence as he admitted his concerns.

Ralph said: “I can’t understand the vitriol directed at her.

“I can understand the heat of an argument, but I find this age of accusation and the need to condemn irrational.”

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“I find the level of hatred that people express about views that differ from theirs, and the violence of language towards others, disturbing,” he added to The Telegraph.

Last year, Rowling had come under fire after a series of tweets she posted were branded “anti-trans”.

The author tweeted about an article discussing “people who menstruate”.

“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

Emma also spoke out on social media against JK.

“Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.

“I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you, and love you for who you are,” she wrote in a series of tweets.

“I donate to @Mermaids_Gender and @mamacash. If you can, perhaps you’ll feel inclined to do the same. Happy #PRIDE2020 Sending love x.”


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