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Harry Potter actress praised for thanking JK Rowling

An actress who starred in the Harry Potter film series has been praised for ‘standing up to bullies’ after thanking JK Rowling for launching her career.

Afshan Azad, 33, from Manchester, who played Padma Patil in the fantasy film franchise, took to Twitter to say she “owes everything” to Rowling and the film’s casting directors.

Fans were quick to thank Azad for her tweets, calling her “braver and more graceful” than several of her co-stars, who have distanced themselves from Rowling after she became embroiled in a row of tweets about transgender people.

It comes after it emerged that Rowling, 56, will not be appearing in an HBO Max special celebrating 20 years of Harry Potter movies, despite the characters being created.

Afshan Azad, 33, from Manchester, took to Twitter to thank the author for choosing her to star as Padma Patil in the fantasy film series.  She Azad is portrayed as Ron Weasley in the 2005 film Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Afshan Azad, 33, from Manchester, took to Twitter to thank the author for choosing her to star as Padma Patil in the fantasy film series. She Azad is portrayed as Ron Weasley in the 2005 film Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Several users praised Azad for her tweets, calling her “braver and more graceful” than several of her co-stars, who have distanced themselves from the writer.

She took to Twitter to thank the author for choosing her to star in the fantasy film series, adding that she “owes everything” to Rowling and the casting directors.

“When the movie Philosophers Stone came out, I was sucked into the magical world like any other kid,” wrote mother-of-one Afshan.

“I didn’t know that years later I would be auditioning for a part that would turn my life upside down. I owe everything to JK Rowling, the casting agents and the Potter movies.”

The actress, who starred in five of the Harry Potter films, was quickly hailed by other users who praised her for having the courage to speak positively about the author despite the risk of controversy.

‘Respect. You are braver and more courteous than some of your co-stars, that’s for sure,” wrote one.

The actress, who starred in five of the Harry Potter films, was quickly hailed by other users who praised her for having the courage to speak positively about the author despite the risk of controversy.

The actress, who starred in five of the Harry Potter films, was quickly hailed by other users who praised her for having the courage to speak positively about the author despite the risk of controversy.

The actress, who starred in five of the Harry Potter films, was quickly hailed by other users who praised her for having the courage to speak positively about the author despite the risk of controversy.

“How nice of you to be brave enough not to part with her like other cast members have done (probably for their own protection),” said another.

A third wrote: ‘Beautifully put. Well done for recognizing those who made a positive impact in your life and standing up for them. Especially when others are sneaking away in fear from bullies and trolls.’

Another added: ‘Thank you. You are brave and merciful. Sometimes it’s not easy to do the right thing. You took a huge personal risk to show respect to the person who gave you a chance. I wish you all the best in the future. You are remembered while they are forgotten.’

Several Harry Potter stars, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, distanced themselves from Rowling after she convicted of mocking an online article that used the words “people who menstruate” instead of “women.”

It comes after news that, despite creating Harry Potter's story, Rowling, 56, will be barred from a reunion of cast members from all eight Harry Potter films to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary.

It comes after news that, despite creating Harry Potter's story, Rowling, 56, will be barred from a reunion of cast members from all eight Harry Potter films to celebrate the series' 20th anniversary.

It comes after news that, despite creating Harry Potter’s story, Rowling, 56, will be barred from a reunion of cast members from all eight Harry Potter films to celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary.

The 20th anniversary special marks the English actors' first public appearance together since the franchise's final premiere, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, premiered in New York City in July 2011.

The 20th anniversary special marks the English actors' first public appearance together since the franchise's final premiere, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, premiered in New York City in July 2011.

The 20th anniversary special marks the English actors’ first public appearance together since the franchise’s final premiere, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, premiered in New York City in July 2011.

She was struck by what she described as “relentless attacks” after writing, “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me. wumben? Wimp? Woomud?’

The acclaimed novelist went on to write a deeply personal essay to address the controversy, revealing that she was sexually abused in her 20s and that she still feels the scars of “domestic violence” in her first marriage.

Her comments sparked a massive outcry with criticism from fans and Harry Potter stars, including Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Leeflang, Katie Leung who played Cho Chang, and Eddie Redmayne who played Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts.

The children’s author was charged with transphobic behavior in June 2020 after criticizing an op-ed that used the term “menstruating people” instead of women, and tweeted about biological sex

But actor Robbie Coltrane – who played Rubeus Hagrid in the films – told the Radio Times: “I don’t think what she said was really offensive.

“I don’t know why, but there’s a whole generation of Twitter people hanging out waiting to be insulted.

Rowling has been at the forefront of the trans debate, becoming the target of trans campaigners who called for her to be 'canceled' after she spoke out

Rowling has been at the forefront of the trans debate, becoming the target of trans campaigners who called for her to be 'canceled' after she spoke out

Rowling has been at the forefront of the trans debate, becoming the target of trans campaigners who called for her to be ‘canceled’ after she spoke out

He added: ‘That’s me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, ‘Oh, get over yourself.’

She was also defended by Eddie Izzard, who recently insisted she doesn’t believe the Harry Potter author is transphobic.

Izzard said, “I don’t think JK Rowling is transphobic. I think we should look at the things she has written about in her blog.

“Women have been through such hell throughout history. Transgenders have also been invisible. I hate the idea of ​​us fighting amongst ourselves, but it won’t be solved with a wave of a wand.

‘I don’t have all the answers. If people don’t agree with me, fine – but why are we going through hell with this?’

Rowling was also subjected to bitter attacks from transgender activists after the publication of her latest novel, Troubled Blood.

Published under Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith, the novel features a “cross-dressing serial killer,” which sparked furious reactions online a day before the book’s release on September 15.

A collection of more than 50 actors, writers, playwrights and journalists joined forces to write a letter in response to “hate speech” directed against Rowling.

Signatories to the letter include Booker winner Ian McEwan, actor Griff Rhys Jones, actress Frances Barber and playwright Sir Tom Stoppard.

It was activated in response to the hashtag #RIPJKRowling trending to number one on Twitter, saying Rowling was the victim of “an insidious, authoritarian and misogynistic social media trend.”

The letter that wrote the hashtag and declared her death on social media was “just the latest example of hate speech directed against her.”

JK Rowling (pictured) has been embroiled in yet another trans controversy after it was revealed that the villain in her latest book Troubled Blood is a male serial killer who dresses up as a woman to kill his victims

JK Rowling (pictured) has been embroiled in yet another trans controversy after it was revealed that the villain in her latest book Troubled Blood is a male serial killer who dresses up as a woman to kill his victims

Troubled Blood was written under Rowling's pen name Robert Galbraith

Troubled Blood was written under Rowling's pen name Robert Galbraith

She became embroiled in another controversy after it was revealed that the villain in her latest book Troubled Blood (right) is a male serial killer who dresses up as a woman to kill his victims.

Rowling defended her comments, previously saying, “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex is not real, the lived reality of women worldwide is obliterated.

“I know and love transgender people, but erasing the concept of sex deprives many of the ability to talk meaningfully about their lives. It is not hate to speak the truth.

The idea that women like me, who have been empathetic to trans people for decades, feel kinship because they are vulnerable in the same way as women — that is, to male violence — ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has consequences had – is nonsense.’

She continued: “I respect every trans person’s right to live in a way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I would walk with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being transgender.

‘At the same time, my life has been shaped by being a woman. I don’t think it’s hateful to say that.’

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