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52 Things We Love About J.K. Rowling
Isabella Biedenharn•@isabella324, Tina Jordan and Christian Holub•@cmholub
Posted on July 31, 2017 at 8:00am EST
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We’ve assembled a list of the 52 things we appreciate most about 52-year-old J.K. Rowling, author of Harry Potter and the reigning literary queen of Twitter.
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1. She does not suffer bullies.
When a Twitter bully criticized Serena Williams for being "built like a man," Rowling shut them down perfectly: "Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress," she tweeted. "You're an idiot."
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2. She’s funny.
Her Twitter feed is rife with sly humor, whether she’s laughing at herself for typos, rolling along with followers’ jokes, or getting exasperated by Harry Potter rumors.
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4. She gives huge donations to charity.
So much that it knocked her off Forbes‘ billionaires list.
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5. She touts great social causes on social media.
For example, she's tweeted support for imprisoned Saudi Arabian blogger Reif Badawi and Ireland’s legalization of gay marriage.
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6. Her Easter egg-loaded website is amazing.
Laid out like the Marauder’s Map, JKRowling.com features a timeline of Rowling’s projects as well as personal background.
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7. She’s kind to her fans.
Rowling always seems ready to answer their questions, no matter how random or specific.
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8. She’s still apologizing for the series’ most tragic moments.
We miss you, Snape. Always.
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9. She comes up with the best character names ever.
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore, anyone?
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10. She stood up to publishers and retained her own ebook rights.
Her choice to self-publish the Harry Potter ebooks forces retailers to forgo their commission when fulfilling sales of the ebooks.
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11. She has a weakness for photos of pets dressed up as Harry Potter characters.
Don't we all?
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12. She took all the young actors from the movies under her wing.
If you have 50 minutes to spare, this conversation between Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe is definitely worth a watch.
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13. She cares about children in need.
In 2004, she founded the organization Lumos, to help children who have been unfairly institutionalized get better care.
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14. She and Harry share a birthday.
Harry, for his part, would be 37 today.
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15. She did her research when coming up with the names of spells.
They're not just nonsense. Rowling looked at alchemy and the history of languages to craft her magic words.
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16. She did the same thing when figuring out how wands would work and studied the lore behind different woods.
Harry's holly and phoenix feather wand wasn't random!
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17. She supports Hufflepuffs.
Hufflepuff haters, sit down. She's even said on Pottermore that in many ways, it's her favorite House.
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19. She invented Quidditch and supports the Muggle version of the sport!
Learn how to play here.
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20. She’s a great artist.
Although all the editions of Harry Potter have used other illustrators, Rowling’s not bad at sketching her own characters. Recently, an annotated version of Sorcerer’s Stone with Rowling’s sketches was auctioned for charity.
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21. She finished the first Harry Potter on a manual typewriter.
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22. She pushed for all the film actors to be British.
So the movies' perfect casts were all Brits.
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23. She writes under a pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, and sometimes tweets at him.
She both tweets as herself about her "good friend" Galbraith, and occasionally posts under the pseudonym.
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24. She’s invited die-hard fans to her house.
Even better than a visit to the Burrow!
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26. She wrote the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The script was then published for fans to read.
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27. She proved anyone can take control of their life.
At one time, Rowling has said, she was “literally as poor as you can get in Britain without being homeless.” Thanks to work ethic and imagination, she went on to become a celebrated author.
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28. She wrote much of the first Harry Potter while sitting in coffee shops, on the backs of napkins.
Probably while she sipped a warm Butterbeer.
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29. Though she didn’t write the script for The Cursed Child, she considers it part of the Harry Potter canon.
She warned early audiences against spoiling the continued adventures of Harry and co. for everyone else.
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30. She’s completely mastered Twitter.
For someone who very rarely makes public appearances, she makes herself accessible to her followers.
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31. She built a circular stone "Hagrid Hut" on the grounds of her Scottish estate.
Presumably she eats tea and rock cakes in the real-life version of Hagrid's on-campus digs.
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32. After the final Harry Potter book was finished, she created six hand-written, hand-illustrated copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard.
She gave them to the people most closely involved in the series. (A seventh handmade copy was auctioned for charity.)
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33. Books within the Potter books, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages, were actually both published.
Proceeds from the books' sales went to Comic Relief; they raised millions.
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34. She hasn't read Fifty Shades of Grey.
"Just think how many books I could have sold if Harry had been a bit more creative with his wand," she said once.
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35. She’s not-so-secretly addicted to reading whodunits.
And she's written some, too!
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36. She once gave the best commencement speech we’ve ever heard.
Just watch it.
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37. She says that she’d want to be sorted into Gryffindor...
...and admitted that she might have specifically answered Pottermore questions so she’d be sorted that way.
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38. She said in a parallel universe, she’s Zayn Malik.
She really did!
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39. She plays Minecraft...
...with monsters on.
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40. She is a huge sports fan.
She loves tennis (we know she's a Serena Williams fan) and especially rugby.
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41. She is multilingual.
She knows Portuguese and has a degree in French.
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42. She’s only gotten writer’s block once.
But is frequently "frustrated, infuriated, & exhilarated," she told a fan on Twitter, "often during the writing of the same paragraph."
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43. Her Meyers-Briggs type is INFJ.
According to some guesses, it's the same type as Remus Lupin.
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44. She wrote four editions of The Daily Prophet.
They were printed and distributed by Bloomsbury to the Harry Potter Fan Club.
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45. She owns a "Horcruxes Got Soul" t-shirt.
"But I don't wear it out much," she tweeted. Get your own here.
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46. “True coolness is the incidental by-product of higher pursuits.”
There she goes again, dropping wisdom on Twitter.
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47. She tweets with Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Two of the greatest pop culture creators (and Twitter stars) of our time interacted, and it was magical.
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48. She offered to help pal Stephen King after Trump blocked him on Twitter.
“I still have access. I’ll DM them to you,” she tweeted to King.
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49. She made Hogwarts tuition-free and subsidized by the Ministry of Magic so all witches and wizards could attend.
Imagine if the Weasleys hadn’t been able to afford it!
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50. She stands up to Donald Trump...
...using the words of another American president...
And words from classic literature...
And of course, words of her own.
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51. She was an outspoken Brexit opponent.
She published an essay entitled "On Monsters, Villains and the EU Referendum" on her website.
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52. She gives writing advice to aspiring authors.
So break out your best quill and get writing!
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53. She stands up against sexism.
She has no tolerance for "Liberal Cool Guys" who use sexist insults.
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54. She isn't afraid to fight trolls like Piers Morgan.
It was a Twitter feud for the ages.
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55. She’s playful and interactive with fans.
For example, she recently sent them on a hilarious hunt for the title of the next Cormoran Strike novel.