"I don't necessarily agree with everything my auntie says."
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Rupert Grint revealed what his relationship with J.K. Rowling is, and it might not be what you think.
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Now, in a recent op-ed for the Times' "What I've Learnt" series, Rupert revealed he still "likens" Rowling to an "auntie" despite her anti-trans views.
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"I don't necessarily agree with everything my auntie says, but she's still my auntie," Rupert wrote. "It's a tricky one."
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Elsewhere in the piece, he reflected on being a new father, how Harry Potter shaped him, and what the reunion was like.
Immediately following Rowling's initial anti-trans comments, Rupert released a statement to the Times, writing, "I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment."
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And, in 2021, the actor opened up about his decision to speak out in an interview with Esquire. "I am hugely grateful for everything that she’s done," he began saying of Rowling. "I think that she’s extremely talented. I mean, clearly her works are genius. But I think also you can have huge respect for someone and still disagree with things like that."
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He continued, "I think to stay silent would have spoke [volumes]. Sometimes silence is even louder. I felt like I had to because I think it was important to. Generally, I’m not an authority on the subject. But just out of kindness, and just respecting people, I think it’s a valuable group that I think needs standing up for."
As for Rowling, the author briefly appeared in the HBO Max-led reunion as a result of archival footage recorded back in 2019, ahead of her offensive statements. However, she continues to pen scripts for the Fantastic Beasts series — the third installment of which is set to debut in April 15, 2022.
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Rowling was offered a chance to join the reunion via a new interview, but her team felt the previously shot footage was more than adequate.