Chris Colfer has been writing fantasy novels for kids longer than you might expect, since 2012.
And given his support of LGBTQ issues, that gives him a unique position to weigh in on the controversy surrounding “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, and her comments about trans people.
“That was a really, really tough situation,” Colfer tells Yahoo Entertainment. “It was really disappointing because I feel like she taught us better than that, you know?”
Colfer’s new book, "A Tale of Witchcraft," is, as he tells it, “an allegory for oppression and discrimination and fighting for acceptance” embedded within a fantastical story full of action and adventure. He’s mentioned in interviews that he only started writing because of Rowling and even sent her a letter when he was 12.
“I think we just have to really be thankful for the creation that we know, but learn to separate the creator,” he says, adding, “and I'm not just talking about J.K. Rowling.”
“I don’t think there's any fault in still enjoying it for what it is and holding onto the joy that it brought you,” Colfer says, “But I also do think that you need to at least acknowledge the problematic nature that created it.”
“At the end of the day, I can’t take back someone’s words. I can't force them to apologize. I can’t force them to change the way they think,” he says. “All I can say is that the trans community has always been there for me … and I will have their back for as long as I live.”