Harry Potter fans beware -if you’re ever in the position to start a conversation with JK Rowling, best steer clear of any questions about the logic behind Quidditch.
Rowling revealed on Twitter that she has no time for Harry Potter who suggest that the only meaningful aspect of Quidditch is the seeker catching the snitch, as it grants the team 150 points, a seemingly unassailable lead, and ends the game.
The author said it was the worst way to start a conversation with her while stuck in an elevator, responding to a thread by Twitter user Mark Harris, who sparked a discussion about terrible elevator patter.
'Got a bone to pick with you. Why's the Snitch worth 150 points?…side that catches it always wins… makes no sense…' & on & on forever. https://t.co/JR8zrJbgeU— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 9, 2017
A heated discussion ensued, with some fans jumping to her defence and highlighting that this had been cleared up in The Goblet of Fire, when Ireland beat Bulgaria despite losing the snitch.
Obviously they didn't read the fourth book with Ireland winning even though Krum caught the snitch— Lexi Russell (@Lexrussell) September 9, 2017
World Cup of 1994. Next.— EJ loves Marty🐐 (@RedeemedCatra) September 9, 2017
Do you ever just turn around like… pic.twitter.com/khbtcPAthT— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) September 9, 2017
Not everyone was on side though:
Don't start.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 9, 2017
Look the books are wonderful and JKR is wonderful but we all know the snitch should have been like 30-50 points
— Douglas E. Lindner (@DougLindner) September 9, 2017
Others saw it as an opportunity to bring up other lingering Harry Potter queries, including a particularly troublesome one about Hagrid:
Who cares about snitches when hagrid doesn't have a bathrm? Does he have to go poo in the forbidden forest???— moolinda (@moolinda7) September 9, 2017
If it makes you feel any better, I would be hassling you about how it's unclear how large the total enrollment at Hogwarts is.
— Alan Cole (@AlanMCole) September 9, 2017
.@jk_rowling Really glad I don't have to have this conversation with you when we meet, & we can get right to Hermione's romantic choices.— sagcat (@sagcat) September 9, 2017
Or this one: "why didn't the Horcrux in Harry die when the basilisk fang stabbed him?"— Will Hackney (@wut_wr) September 9, 2017
So there you have it – maybe compliment on her fantastic Strike series as a starter.