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J is for JK Rowling.
My mother read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to me out loud when I was a little kid. I loved the world of Hogwarts before most people had even heard of it. Between the books, Pottermore stories, endless Hogwarts house quizzes, fanfiction and eventually the movies I’ve probably spent a few thousand hours on the Harry Potter series. There was a time when you could ask me pretty much any question about Harry Potter and I’d know the answer within a few seconds(I still remember a lot of this trivia, but I don’t know any actor names outside the main trio and some of the Hogwarts staff).
Still, I don’t want to be the next JK Rowling. Sure, I’d love to inspire an entire generation, to bring the love of books to millions of kids and make boatloads of money in the process. But my books are incredibly different from the Harry Potter series. I am extremely different from JK Rowling. I have different stories to tell. And that is exactly how it should be.
This year the first in a trilogy of new movies set in the Potterverse, Fantastical Beasts and Where To Find Them, is coming out. Lots of people are thrilled and lots of other people think it’s going to be awful. I feel like perhaps I should be excited–we’re going to see a huge part of the world Rowling built and never showed in the Harry Potter series–but I can’t bring myself to be anything other than mildly curious. I don’t actually think it will be a bad movie, but I’d be lying if I said I was expecting a spectacular show.
JK Rowling’s stories had a major impact on me both as a person and as a writer. I no longer consider myself a fan of Harry Potter but I still appreciate the depth of her worldbuilding and the way she wove her stories–and I can only hope that someone eventually will love my books as much as I once loved hers, if for very different reasons.
Are you a fan of Harry Potter? Have you read any of JK Rowling’s other books? Are you looking forward to the new movie? Let me know in the comments section below!