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Internet mocks anti-trans columnist who said Daniel Radcliffe has been “ungrateful” to JK Rowling

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A columnist for the U.K.’s The Telegraph has called Daniel Radcliffe “the world’s most ungrateful man” and accused him of trying to “cancel” J.K. Rowling.

Radcliffe recently reaffirmed his support for transgender people, telling Indiewire why he felt compelled to write a 2020 open letter responding to Rowling’s anti-trans tweets.

“The reason I felt very, very much as though I needed to say something when I did was because, particularly since finishing Potter, I’ve met so many queer and trans kids and young people who had a huge amount of identification with Potter on that,” Radcliffe said earlier this week. “And so seeing them hurt on that day I was like, I wanted them to know that not everybody in the franchise felt that way. And that was really important.”

“I’ve worked with the Trevor Project for more than 10 years, and so I don’t think I would’ve been able to look myself in the mirror had I not said anything,” the star of the Harry Potter film franchise continued. “But it’s not mine to guess what’s going on in someone else’s head.”

Nevertheless, in her hyperbolic Telegraph piece, columnist Judith Woods described Radcliffe as “a 33-year-old man child” who “has once again sought to cancel his creator.” She also insisted that the actor would not have had a successful career had it not been for Rowling.

Fans on Twitter were quick to point out the absurdity of Woods’s piece, particularly her assertion that Rowling had “created” Radcliffe.

“‘His creator’ strongly implies that this journalist does not understand the difference between Daniel Radcliffe, a real human person, and Harry Potter, a fictional character he depicted in a film series that concluded more than a decade ago,” tweeted historian Dr. Charlotte Lydia Riley.

Another user pointed out that Radcliffe was already a successful child actor when he was cast in the first Harry Potter film. “That role was cast by a casting director (Janet Hirshenson) and director Chris Columbus, not JK Rowling. He doesn’t owe her shit.”

Musician and activist Billy Bragg, who was recently the target of Rowling’s ire after he applauded comedian Graham Norton’s suggestion that journalists talk directly to trans people rather than celebrities like Rowling, also weighed in.

“Even if jk rowling had saved daniel radcliffe from a pack of hungry lions as a child, he would not in fact be obligated to support her weird bigotry today,” another user tweeted.

Others jokingly compared Woods calling Rowling the actor’s “creator” to Frankenstein’s monster and a golem, a figure out of Jewish folklore.

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