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Whither Aragog? J.K. Rowling jokes about run-in with spider

The ‘Harry Potter’ author still isn’t a fan of arachnids

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Although they may not be quite as big as their fantasy counterparts, real-life spiders can still be terrifying. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who knows a thing or two about fantasy spiders, admitted as much on Monday when she tweeted about a run-in with an arachnid in real life.

“I am a strong, independent woman. Also, thanks very much to my husband for dealing with this so I could go through the door it was blocking,” Rowling joked on Twitter Monday, alongside a picture of a spider trapped inside of an upside-down glass.

Spiders play no small role in the Harry Potter franchise, of course. They are Ron Weasley’s greatest fear, especially when they’re as gigantic as Hagrid’s old pet Aragog. After Aragog dies in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the problem gets even worse, as Aragog’s children now have no compunctions about trying to devour Harry and Ron. Some of those children went on to fight in the Battle of Hogwarts.