Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the "Harry Potter" film series, has defended JK Rowling against accusations of transphobia, arguing that her critics are "waiting to be offended."
"I don't think what she said was offensive really," Coltrane said during an interview with the Radio Times that was seen by Pink News. "I don't know why, but there's a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. They wouldn't have won the war, would they?"
He added: "That's me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think: 'Oh, get over yourself. Wise up, stand up straight, and carry on.'"
Coltrane then continued to say he did not want to speak on the issue any further "because of all the hate mail and all that s--- which I don't need at my time of life."
Rowling has been on the receiving end of allegations of transphobia since June after she took issue with an article that used the phrase "people who menstruate," resulting in a thread of tweets in which she argued, "If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased."
Rowling followed these tweets up with a lengthy post blog post in which she elaborated on her "gender critical" views. The blog post, however, was promptly criticized by LGBTQ advocacy groups and medical professionals for containing scientific inaccuracies and perpetuating harmful beliefs about transgender people.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Rowling's new novel, "Troubled Blood," centers on a cisgender male serial killer who fetishizes women's clothing — a decades-old transphobic trope — and that in one instance in Rowling's book, the killer disguises himself as a woman to trick a female victim.
In the first review of the new mystery novel, the Telegraph critic Jake Kerridge says the moral of the book, which is the latest release in the detective series that Rowling writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, "seems to be: never trust a man in a dress."
Defending Rowling's comments sets Coltrane, 70, apart among "Harry Potter" stars, with the leading actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, as well as the "Fantastic Beasts" star Eddie Redmayne, all condemning her views.
Rowling has repeatedly insisted she is not transphobic.