Harry Potter Luna Lovegood Actress Defends JK Rowling Yet Again

Harry Potter Luna Lovegood Actress Defends JK Rowling Yet Again Warner Bros. Pictures | US Executive Office

Evanna Lynch, the actress who played Luna Lovegood in the “Harry Potter” film franchise, has spoken out in support of JK Rowling yet again. As you’re probably aware, Rowling has faced considerable backlash due to her regular transphobic comments and her refusal to apologize for them. It all started back in 2020 and has continued ever since. And instead of accepting her ignorance and bias, learning from it, and apologizing, she constantly makes things worse.

Evanna Lynch joined her “Harry Potter” co-stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson in taking JK Rowling to task three years ago. However, she’s since changed her tune and instead thinks we should give Rowling “grace.”

“I was very naive when I was dragged into that conversation. I didn’t even know there were two sides. I had a view of, like, good and bad,” Lynch told The Telegraph of her initial criticism of the famous author. “I do have compassion for both sides of the argument. I know what it was like to be a teenager who hated my body so much I wanted to crawl out of my skin, so I have great compassion for trans people and I don’t want to add to their pain.”

However, she believes that Rowling makes some valid points in what she says and that we should all listen to her more.

“I do also think it’s important that JK Rowling has been amplifying the voices of detransitioners. I had this impulse to go, ‘Let’s all just stop talking about it’, and I think probably I’m a bit braver now about having uncomfortable conversations…” Lynch continued.

“I just felt that her character has always been to advocate for the most vulnerable members of society. The problem is that there’s a disagreement over who’s the most vulnerable. I do wish people would just give her more grace and listen to her.”

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