General News

Rupert Grint talks ‘tricky’ relationship with ‘auntie’ J.K. Rowling

Despite J.K. Rowling’s controversial views on transgender issues, “Harry Potter” star Rupert Grint still considers her like family.

“I liken J.K. Rowling to an auntie,” Grint said of the author in a new interview with UK’s Times. ”I don’t necessarily agree with everything my auntie says, but she’s still my auntie. It’s a tricky one.”

Grint, 33, portrayed Ron Weasley in all eight of the “Harry Potter” movies, which were based on Rowling’s hugely popular book series.

Rowling, 56, came under fire in 2020 when fans accused her of being transphobic.

The firestorm began when she tweeted a link to a Devex opinion article headlined “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”

“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Rowling wrote at the time.

She was roundly criticized and faced major backlash. Even Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, felt “compelled” to weigh in on the controversy.

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), author J.K. Rowling, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) attend the world film premiere of "Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone."
Grint was 11 when he began playing Ron Weasley.
Getty Images

“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe, 32, wrote in an essay published by The Trevor Project, adding that he is “deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you.”

Rowling later doubled down on her views in a lengthy personal essay shared to her website, in which she revealed she is a survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

Meanwhile, Grint — who took part in “Return to Hogwarts,” for the 20th anniversary of the fantasy film series — went on to say he is deeply entwined with his lovable character and the films.

“They’re so ingrained in me,” he said. “I find it very hard to detach myself from being Ron — we merged into the same person. I can’t believe it started 20 years ago. It definitely sculpted who I am.”

The “Servant” actor also revealed that he doesn’t get to see co-stars Radcliffe or Emma Watson “as much as you’d expect, so the reunion was very nostalgic.”

Rowling did appear in the special despite rampant rumors that she would be snubbed due to her controversial comments.

About the author

Tina Sanders

Tina is the mind behind Gruntstuff.com, and she ideated it when she was working for an online magazine company where she used to cover US-based headlines news. She holds a degree in journalism and has more than 4.5 years of experience in an online magazine company. She had the idea while working there but when she was quite sure about starting something on her own, she took the risk and left the job to start Gruntstuff. Since then she added a few team members, and along with them, she creates General US news content on the site.

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment