JK Rowling: Cursed Child co-writer Jack Thorne wrote a letter to the author about trans views

Jack Thorne, the co-author of Harry Potter and the Cursed Childsaid he wrote a private letter to JK Rowling raising concerns about his views on trans rights.

Rowling has made headlines in recent years for her controversial comments on transgender issues. She was met with considerable backlash in June 2020 after speaking out against an article’s use of the phrase “menstruating people”.

In a new interview with The temperatureThorne said: “I wrote to Jo the day after it all happened. I wrote because I have someone close to me who is trans, and I’m worried about the child who loved these books and who hears they don’t fit.

He added: “I don’t doubt it’s a really, really complicated argument, and I don’t doubt there’s a lot of nuance in everyone’s position, but I’m worried about this kid.”

When asked if he thought the Harry Potter stars (including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint) who spoke out against Rowling online showed “a lack of respect for the woman who discovered them and developed,” Thorne replied, “No, I think they’re in a different position than I am and have different responsibilities.

He said: “What I wrote to him in the letter was, ‘I wish there was a situation where we could have a discussion about this. “”

Thorne explained that he chose not to make a statement on Twitter because he doesn’t think the platform is “a very interesting forum.”

JK Rowling and Jack Thorne at the opening of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in New York in 2018

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He said: “I think she’s done a lot of good in the world. [For me] it’s about who his readership is, about the fact that Harry Potter appeals to vulnerable readers. You know, I was one of those readers.

Thorne – whose credits also include This is England, national treasure, its dark materials, Enola Holmes and Aeronauts – spoke to the publication after receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Writing award from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards.

Rowling’s comments have been labeled as ‘anti-trans’ and ‘transphobic’, with critics claiming that confusing menstruation with femininity erases all transgender men and non-binary people who menstruate, as well as women, including women cisgender people, who don’t.

Following the summer 2020 controversy, Rowling claimed she supported transgender rights and took issue with being called “Terf”, a transexclusive radical feminist.

In an essay, the author addressed the backlash and revealed her experiences of surviving allegations of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Mermaids charity subsequently wrote an open letter to Rowling explaining why the organization believes the author’s comments are harmful to the trans community.

“We would like to begin by offering our solidarity with you as a survivor of domestic and sexual abuse,” the letter began, before going on to address Rowling’s views.

“To answer the heart of your point, trans rights do not come at the expense of women’s rights,” it read.

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