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Author J.K. Rowling.
J.K. Rowling on fame, fans and Harry Potter
On her young fans: “I have signed for thousands of children and I can honestly say I have met one badly behaved child. She sticks in my mind because she was the only one, ever. Adults are a different story, but kids — amazing.”
On criticism of the books from Christians in Britain and the United States: “I had one letter from a vicar in England — this is the difference — saying would I please not put Christmas trees at Hogwarts as it was clearly a pagan society. Meanwhile, I’m having death threats when I’m on tour in America.”
On Harry Potter fan Web sites: “Isn’t it amazing and wonderful that people are that excited about it? But when people start fire-bombing each other in cyberspace over the romantic relationship of two fictional characters, then it starts getting a little bit weird and scary.”
On fan-written fiction about Harry Potter: “I never read fan fiction, because you do feel slightly as though they’ve come into your house and started moving your furniture around. And I don’t want to feel that way. So in principle it’s fine and it’s creative and it stimulates literacy — but I just don’t want to know what they’re doing in my house.”
On Harry Potter movie merchandise: “Warner Bros. have been really rather wonderful in asking me, ‘Do you hate this?’ And I’ve said a couple of times, ‘Yeah, I hate that.’ The funniest one ever — it was a product proposal that was sent to them — was a Moaning Myrtle lavatory seat. We’ve got the plans for it framed in the office loo.”
On security surrounding the final chapter of the last book, written years ago: “I allowed everyone to believe it was in a safe, but I’ve been losing that on and off for years. I lose notebooks left, right and center, I’ve left things in cafes. I’ve been quite careless with everything, looking back.”
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