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Author J.K. Rowling.
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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, Im having death threats when Im on tour in America.

On Harry Potter fan Web sites: Isnt 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 theyve come into your house and started moving your furniture around. And I dont want to feel that way. So in principle its fine and its creative and it stimulates literacy but I just dont want to know what theyre doing in my house.

On Harry Potter movie merchandise: Warner Bros. have been really rather wonderful in asking me, Do you hate this? And Ive 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. Weve 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 Ive been losing that on and off for years. I lose notebooks left, right and center, Ive left things in cafes. Ive been quite careless with everything, looking back.

The Associated Press

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