1-minute News | JK Rowling dismisses backlash over trans comments
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has attracted extensive criticism, including that from Harry Potter movie actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson, for a series of comments voicing concerns about how trans issues affect women's rights, and her opposition to Scotland's gender recognition bill.
Rowling’s position has been interpreted by some as transphobic, leading to calls for a boycott of the Harry Potter franchise, ranging from its books and movies to the blockbuster video game Hogwarts Legacy.
Recently, an audio documentary named The Witch Trials of JK Rowling was broadcasted on podcast, which is a seven-part series presented by host Megan Phelps-Roper.
In a new episode, Rowling said she "never meant to upset anyone." Referring to fans who claim she has "ruined" her legacy, the writer said they "could not have misunderstood me more profoundly". What’s more, Rowling has said she is not concerned about how the backlash to her position on transgender issues will affect her legacy.