Harry Potter stars labelled 'spoiled millionaires' by Laurence Fox over JK Rowling criticism

Danny Thompson
Laurence Fox attends the 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at the London Coliseum on November 24, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

The stars of the Harry Potter movie franchise have been branded “spoiled millionaires” by actor Laurence Fox over their criticism of author JK Rowling’s controversial views.

Rowling sparked a backlash after taking umbrage on twitter with an article which used the phrase “people who menstruate”.

The author was forced to defend herself after being labelled “anti-trans” for her views.

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She was even condemned by actors Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, both stars of the movie series.

Now actor Fox, who earned infamy with comments surrounding race and white privilege during an appearance on Question Time earlier this year, has likened the actors responses to “children rounding on their mother”.

Writing for conservative magazine The Spectator, Fox said: "First they came for the statues.Then Basil Fawlty got 'cancelled' and three spoiled millionaires turned on their creator.

(L-R) Daniel Radcliffe, JK Rowling, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint at the world premiere of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2. (Photo by Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images)

"Harry Potter, it would seem, is deathly shallow. Rupert Grint, looked for a moment like holding firm, but he too quickly succumbed to the growing pressure to slip his golden dagger between Rowling's shoulder blades.

"Surely these rich list regulars are perfectly placed to say what they actually think, protected from the ever-tightening vice of censorship?

"Apparently not. Fearing for their virtue, or their future or both, the three children rounded on their mother."

Responding to Rowling’s comments earlier this month, Radcliffe said: “Transgender women are women.

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“Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations, who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”

Eddie Redmayne, star of Rowling’s Magical Beast movie series, also publicly disagreed with her.

He said: “As someone who has worked with both JK Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand. I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and nonbinary identities are valid.”