This week in J.K. Rowling:'Fantastic Beasts' updates, fanservice, and that awesome Serena Williams tweet
Harry Potter may be over, but J.K. Rowling still has a lot to say. The author has been a delightful presence on Twitter for some time now, but this past week especially showed Rowling at the top of her game. She was funny, articulate, friendly, and even managed to destroy a troll or two. In case you weren’t paying attention, take a look back at this great week from the world’s most magical author.
Praise for Serena Williams:
Rowling started off this week on a high note when she completely obliterated a Serena Williams hater on Twitter, after Williams was the subject of a body image story in the New York Times. Rowling isn’t standing for it, and she let this Twitter user know it in the best way.
Fantastic Beasts update:
Lots of news broke this week about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the upcoming spinoff film set in the world of Harry Potter. Eddie Redmayne and Ezra Miller have already been cast in leading roles, but this week Warner Bros. released an open casting call for the role of Modesty, “A haunted young girl with an ability to see deep into people and understand them.” Later, unconfirmed photos leaked on Twitter that sure seemed to show the Fantastic Beasts set being prepared. Rowling herself got involved as well, answering small fan questions about the film’s lore.
Journalists did not always come off well in Harry Potter. The memory of Rita Skeeter, one of the most vivid depictions of slimy tabloid reporters ever put to paper, still lingers. Nevertheless, Rowling has been vocal about her support for the BBC, the British media company that prime minister David Cameron has recently threatened with drastic changes.
Still answering fan questions:
Fantastic Beasts is a large unknown on the horizon, but fans still have burning questions about the Harry Potter works that already exist. Rowling continues to answer even the most innocuous questions about her beloved books. As we all know, Harry Potter fans can be passionate and intense; fortunately, Rowling seems to match them in pure love for the world she’s created.