Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch shuts down Eamonn Holmes when quizzed about JK Rowling

‘I reject that’: Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch shuts down Eamonn Holmes when quizzed about castmates giving JK Rowling the ‘cold shoulder’

Actress Evanna Lynch shut down Eamonn Holmes when he suggested her castmates had given JK Rowling ‘the cold shoulder’ over her statements on transgender issues. 

Evanna, 30, said she would ‘of course’ work with Rowling, 56, again, prompting Eamonn, 62, to remark: ‘I’m sure not all your colleagues think the same, bearing in mind the amount that have given Rowling the cold shoulder.’

Speaking during a GMB interview on Tuesday, Evanna fired back: ‘I wouldn’t say it was the cold shoulder’ before adding that she ‘rejects’ such a narrative.

‘I reject that’: Evanna Lynch was quick to shut down Eamonn Holmes when he suggested her fellow castmates had given JK Rowling ‘the cold shoulder’ during a GMB interview on Tuesday

Response: Evanna, 30, told Eamonn, 62: 'I think there's things we don't all agree with and don't understand'

Response: Evanna, 30, told Eamonn, 62: ‘I think there’s things we don’t all agree with and don’t understand’

The star – who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films – explained: ‘I think there’s things we don’t all agree with and don’t understand.

‘I’ve talked to all the cast, they all have great respect for her even if they don’t agree with her beliefs. I really strongly disagree with the narrative that there’s a rift.’

Evanna added: ‘She has her beliefs and she’s doing her thing. We all have strong beliefs and it’s been a very difficult conversation.

‘I want there to be healing and I don’t want us to keep fighting, so I reject that narrative that there’s been a cold shoulder.’

She added: 'I've talked to all the cast, they all have great respect for her even if they don't agree with her beliefs. I really strongly disagree with the narrative that there's a rift'

She added: ‘I’ve talked to all the cast, they all have great respect for her even if they don’t agree with her beliefs. I really strongly disagree with the narrative that there’s a rift’

Evanna went on: 'She has her beliefs and she's doing her thing. We all have strong beliefs and it's been a very difficult conversation'

Evanna went on: ‘She has her beliefs and she’s doing her thing. We all have strong beliefs and it’s been a very difficult conversation’

Rowling faced accusations of transphobia after she mocked an online article in June 2020 which used the words ‘people who menstruate’ instead of ‘women’.

She tweeted in response: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’

The acclaimed novelist then penned a deeply personal essay to address the controversy, revealing she was sexually assaulted in her 20s and saying she still feels the scars of ‘domestic violence’ in her first marriage.

Having her say: The actress (pictured left in January's 20th anniversary reunion and right in 2003's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) dismissed rift rumours

Throwback: The star played Luna Lovegood

Having her say: The actress (pictured left in January’s 20th anniversary reunion and right in 2003’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) dismissed rift rumours 

Her remarks led to a massive backlash with criticism coming from fans and Harry Potter stars including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, all of whom starred in HBO’s 20 year anniversary special, Return To Hogwarts.

Rowling’s appearance on the show was widely speculated ahead of its premiere.

While it was known ahead of time that she would only appear in archive footage and in discussion with stars and cast, the show’s release revealed she received just 10 mentions in the one hour and 42 minute runtime.

Working it out: Two decades after first hitting screens, the cast and crew of Harry Potter reunited for the 20th anniversary Return To Hogwarts special to deep dive into life behind the wizarding franchise, led by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

Working it out: Two decades after first hitting screens, the cast and crew of Harry Potter reunited for the 20th anniversary Return To Hogwarts special to deep dive into life behind the wizarding franchise, led by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

Screen time: Rowling received just 10 mentions in the one hour and 42 minute runtime in the reunion special (pictured in 2018)

Screen time: Rowling received just 10 mentions in the one hour and 42 minute runtime in the reunion special (pictured in 2018)

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