She’s brought joy to generations of readers with her books, but JK Rowling casts a spell on Twitter as well.
Earlier this week a fan tweeted the Harry Potter author with a distressed message:
Rowling’s advice certainly had the desired effect:
But this isn’t the first time the author has delighted her fans with her use of social media. A recent witty retort was aimed at a tweeter who said she “can’t see” Harry Potter character Albus Dumbledore as gay.
Rowling revealed the sexuality of the Hogwarts headmaster back in 2007 after the final book was published, but back in March a fan posted a tweet – that has since been deleted – saying: “Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can’t see him that way.”
To which the 49-year-old author replied:
It was a simple, to-the-point retort, which was praised by fans around the world including the original tweeter, who replied: “Amazing answer… Yes you are absolutely right. Such an inspiration!!!”
In just over 800 tweets since she joined the platform in 2009, Rowling’s Twitter feed has delivered plenty of clever responses to questions and thoughtful advice for her army of young (and old) fans.
From musings about their choice of character names for their pets:
To informative posts about Muggle sports:
She’ll occasionally let them know she can totally relate to their dilemmas:
And tease them with magical tidbits…
Or joke about her writing…
And just about remains calm when answering the most frequently asked Potter questions:
And reminds her fans that she values each and every one of them…
And her wonderful responses aren’t confined to Twitter. Last February Rowling wrote a fabulous letter to a bullied fan who told her the Harry Potter novels had changed his life.
“What you say about Harry helping you at what was clearly a dreadful time in your life means more to me than I can easily express”, Rowling wrote.
“I freely confess that I loathe bullying and the way it is still so often “handled” in schools. Your experience is shocking and disturbing and that you have turned out to be a compassionate, moral, highly motivated person is high testimony to your courage. Gryffindor for you, my lad…”
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