It’s been a strange week on Twitter, as news of David Bowie and Alan Rickman’s untimely deaths spread around the Internet. Even one of our favorite tweeters, J.K. Rowling, couldn’t escape the bittersweet mood, paying homage to both of the late Brits. But, as usual, she also managed to be delightful and friendly. Here were Rowling’s best moments from the past week.
Deathly Hallows throwback: The next 12 months will see a resurgence of the Harry Potter franchise, as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continues the story on the London stage and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them reveals the mysterious backstory of the wizarding world. But this week featured the nine-year anniversary of the supposed conclusion to the trilogy. Rowling tweeted a picture of the hotel graffiti she made to mark her conclusion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but don’t try this at home, kids.
Fist bump for one Stephen: Career of Evil, Rowling’s third crime novel as Robert Galbraith, has been out for months, but many admirers are still just discovering it. Rowling’s Twitter was inundated with praise for the book and its predecessors this week, but one endorsement carried more weight than most. No less an authority on crime fiction than Stephen King himself tweeted admiration for the Galbraith novels, calling them “terrific whodunits.” Rowling hit him right back.
Revenge on the other Stephen: Not all famous men named Stephen always receive Rowling’s praise, however. A Tumblr post earlier this week told an anecdote from British actor and comedian Stephen Fry. Apparently Fry had trouble reading the line “Harry pocketed it” when he was recording the audiobook for Prisoner of Azkaban, so he asked Rowling to change it. Not only did she refuse, she made sure to include the phrase in each of the next four Harry Potter books.
Keeping it loose: Rowling’s Twitter avatar has long been a profile of her, similar to an author photo one might find in the back of a book. This week, however, Rowling changed her image to a much more fun shot of her go-karting with a wide smile on her face. This new profile picture will make it even more amazing the next time Rowling has to shut down a Serena Williams hater.
Farewell to Alan Rickman: The week ended on a somber note, when it was announced that actor Alan Rickman died after a battle with cancer. Rickman brought Severus Snape to wicked life in the Harry Potter films, and Rowling tweeted a somber goodbye to the man beyond one of her most vivid characters.