Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, has received criticism from fans after defending author JK Rowling’s controversial tweets regarding the transgender community.
During a recent interview with The Telegraph, Lynch stated that she had “compassion for both sides of the argument” and that Rowling’s character had “always been to advocate for the most vulnerable members of society.”
Lynch had previously joined her co-stars in condemning Rowling’s comments in 2020.
Lynch’s defense of Rowling has caused disappointment and frustration among fans, particularly those in the LGBTQ+ and transgender communities.
One fan criticized Lynch for ignoring the harm that Rowling’s comments had caused to marginalized groups, stating that it was “crushing when someone who portrayed a character you related to ignores harm done to people.”
Many fans took issue with Lynch’s assertion that Rowling was amplifying the voices of detransitioners, with one fan questioning what Lynch had read about the initial controversy.
Other fans expressed their disappointment, with one stating that they did not want to listen to a “transphobic woman who does not recognize my identity.”
Lynch’s comments set her apart from several of her co-stars, including Daniel Radcliffe, who have spoken out against Rowling’s comments.
In 2020, Radcliffe wrote a supportive essay about the trans community and explained that he felt it was important to speak out after seeing how many queer and trans fans had identified with the Harry Potter franchise.
While it is important to acknowledge differing perspectives and engage in uncomfortable conversations, it is equally important to prioritize the voices and experiences of marginalized communities.
Rowling’s comments have caused harm and perpetuated harmful stereotypes, and it is crucial to stand in solidarity with those who have been impacted.
As fans and public figures, it is our responsibility to use our platforms to amplify marginalized voices and promote inclusivity and equality.