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Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane defends J.K. Rowling over transphobia claim

  • Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” film series, has defended J.K. Rowling against accusations of transphobia arguing that her critics are “waiting to be offended.”
  • “I don’t think what she said was offensive really,” Coltrane said during an interview with the Radio Times. “I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. They wouldn’t have won the war, would they?”
  • Since June, Rowling has been on the receiving end of continuous allegations of transphobia after she posted a series of tweets where she argued that, “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.”
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Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the “Harry Potter” film series, has defended J.K. Rowling against accusations of transphobia arguing that her critics are “waiting to be offended.”

“I don’t think what she said was offensive really,” Coltrane said during an interview with the Radio Times seen, which was seen by Pink News. “I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. They wouldn’t have won the war, would they?”

He added: “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.'”

Coltrane then continued to say that he did not want to speak on the issue any further “because of all the hate mail and all that s— which I don’t need at my time of life.”

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Coltrane as Hagrid in “Harry Potter.”

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Since June, J.K. Rowling has been on the receiving end of continuous allegations of transphobia after she took issue with an article that used the phrase “people who menstruate,” resulting in a thread of tweets where she argued that, “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.”

Rowling followed these controversial tweets up with a lengthy post blog post where she elaborated on her “gender critical” views. The blog post, however, was promptly criticized by LGBT+ advocacy groups and medical professionals for containing scientific inaccuracies and perpetuating harmful beliefs about transgender people.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Rowling’s new novel “Troubled Blood” centers on a cisgender male serial killer who fetishizes women’s clothing — a decades-old transphobic trope — and that in one instance in Rowling’s book, the killer disguises himself as a woman to trick a female victim.

According to the first review of the new mystery novel by The Telegraph critic Jake Kerridge, the moral of the book, which is the latest release in the detective series that Rowling writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, “seems to be: never trust a man in a dress.”

Coltrane, 70, is one of the only “Harry Potter” stars to defend Rowling’s comments with leading actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, as well as “Fantastic Beasts” star Eddie Redmayne, all condemning her views.

Despite all allegations, Rowling has repeatedly insisted that she is not transphobic.

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