Leave it to the actor who played Hermoine Granger — the great liberator of elves — to stand up for everyone’s rights.
A snippet from an interview Emma Watson did with author and activist Paris Lees in 2019 for British Vogue has been making the rounds online, with many people praising the “Harry Potter” star for her remarks on transgender issues.
In the viral clip, Lees, who is trans, asks Watson if she would feel comfortable with Lees using a public women’s restroom.
“Oh my god, of course,” Watson says with zero hesitation.
Lees then asks the “Little Women” star what she would say to those who would feel uncomfortable with sharing a public bathroom with Lees.
“That’s another human being,” Watson says.
“I understand fearing what you don’t know,” Watson continued. “I understand kind of being like, ‘I don’t really understand this, I’ve never met someone [trans].’ But go … go learn, go speak … go look into the whites of someone’s eyes that’s had this experience and tell me after you’ve done that … there’s any part of you that feels it’s OK to make that person not feel included.”
In a full video of Watson’s interview with Lees, Watson elaborates on how she feels that “making people feel not included” is “such a painful, awful thing to do.”
“It has such big effects,” Watson said. “I guess what I would ask them is, ’Have you ever felt that you weren’t included? Have you ever felt yourself not welcome somewhere?”
The short clip of Watson, which was first shared on TikTok before moving to Twitter, has caused the actor’s name to trend on the social media platform since the weekend.
Watson’s 2019 comments may have found renewed resonance online due to “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s transphobic beliefs, which she has been consistently sharing publicly since 2019 when she expressed support for Maya Forstater — a researcher who lost her job over a series of transphobic tweets, which were condemned by a court as “incompatible with human dignity.”
Watson’s British Vogue interview with Lees was originally published around the same time Rowling initially showed support for Forstater.