Emma Watson appeared to criticize JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, As she took the stage at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday.

The 31-year-old actress, best known for her role as Hermione Grainger in the cinematic adaptations of J.K. Rowling's books, stepped to the stage to accept the Best Outstanding British Film award when host Rebel Wilson presented the actress.

Rowling recently criticized the UK Labour Party for its ideas on gender and equality on International Women's Day.

She tweeted: "Apparently, under a Labour government, today will become We Who Must Not Be Named Day."

She also criticized Scotland's Gender Recognition Reform Bill, which makes it simpler for people to officially and legally change their gender and for which she had previously chastised Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

"The law [Nicola Sturgeon is] trying to pass in Scotland will harm the most vulnerable women in society: those seeking help after male violence/rape and incarcerated women. Statistics show that imprisoned women are already far more likely to have been previously abused," Rowling tweeted.

The author then condemned Anneliese Dodds, the Labour Party's chair, in another tweet for responding to a query on Woman's Hour from BBC presenter Emma Barnett on the party's definition of "woman."

She said: "This morning, you told the British public you literally can't define what a woman is. What's the plan, lift up random objects until you find one that rattles?"

On the other hand, netizens reprimanded Rowling, calling her comments "hurtful." Watson appears to have voiced her anger at BAFTA 2022.

On stage, host Rebel Wilson introduced the actor who played Hermione Granger in the movie, saying: "Here to present the next award is Emma Watson. She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she's a witch."

Watson responded as follows: "I'm here for ALL the witches!"

Wilson had also made a dig at Rowling earlier in the evening. She remarked about her weight-loss journey, which she had recorded on Instagram, when she opened the awards ceremony on March 13, saying she is "looking different" and has undergone a "transformation." She went on to say: "I hope JK Rowling still approves."

Many Twitter users misinterpreted the comment for a hit at the Harry Potter creator and congratulated the actress. On the other hand, some viewers believed it had nothing to do with JK.

Meaww said several fans have called JK's statements on transgender issues transphobic throughout the years. She sparked fury and a 'cancellation' from the trans community when she tweeted about biological sex. In June 2020, she took to Twitter to express her dissatisfaction with an opinion piece that referred to women as "those who menstruate." She then went on to talk about biological sex.

She said she respects "any trans person's right to live any way that seems authentic and comfortable to them," and that if she were discriminated against because of her gender identification, she would march. "At the same time, being female has impacted my life," she said at the time, according to the Associated Press. "I don't think it's hateful to say that," she continued.

Then, in September 2020, she was accused of transphobia again when it was revealed that the villain in her most recent work, Troubled Blood, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is a male serial killer who kills his victims while dressed as a woman.

British actress Emma Watson poses on the red carpet upon arrival at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, on March 13, 2022. TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images

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