Rowling has been embroiled in controversy over her stance on transgender issues, which has many fans rethinking the legacy of the “Harry Potter” franchise. While Felton refrained from condemning the author like his other co-stars including Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, he stood his ground in saying he was “pro-human rights across the board.”
“First of all, I don’t know enough about the specifics of what anyone said,” Tom explained. “My dog takes up far too much time for me to go into such matters. I mean, the obvious things to say are that I’m pro-choice, pro-discussion, pro-human rights across the board, and pro-love. And anything that is not those things, I don’t really have much time for.”
“Honestly, with my friends, we all have differing opinions on various matters, and we celebrate our own choices,” he concluded. “We certainly don’t take any pleasure in putting crosshairs on people that may have said things that we disagree with.”
“It wasn’t really returning to auditioning. It was learning to audition all over again,” he admitted of his post franchise struggles. “When children are brought in, half of it is, ‘Can you stand on the mark, not look down the lens of the camera, and take basic direction?’ I mean, really, how good can any seven-year-old be at anything. Going in there as a 20-year-old, especially in Los Angeles, the auditions are far more frequent and cut-throat. It’s a lesson — not necessarily in brutality, but in acceptance.”
“Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard” is out now.