June 7: Top Ten Reasons I Love J.K. Rowling
This week’s theme is Top Ten Reasons I Love X, and in terms of booklove, there isn’t much that I love more than anything JKR. As a Potterhead for fifteen years (omg) and a MuggleNet Critic/Reviewer, I have followed all things Jo/Potter/novels for a very long time: so here are ten reasons I love our Queen.
1. She taught us about friendship, loyalty and bravery
The characters in Harry Potter firmly place these as central themes, and the morals imbedded in the story arch are ones myself and millions of others have carried with us for years.
2. She is heavily invested in charity work
She launched her own charity, Lumos, which strives to give all children a family life and end the institutionalisation of children – you can read all about their fantastic work here.
3. She interacts with fans and comments on theories
From Twitter comments to handwritten letters, Jo always has time for her fans – indeed I was tweeted by her (and received a favourite) in 2015 – and provides individuals and the masses with hope and belief.
4. She became successful through hard work and perseverance
Whilst writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, she was in financial difficulty, yet she battled through her own demons to become the first billionaire author – proof that you should never give up on your dreams!
5. She’s not afraid to voice her opinion and stand up for what’s right
She retweets photos of missing children, tweets in support of gay marriage, calls out bullies, and shares her opinions on issues such as the Scottish Referendum and Brexit.
6. She’s still releasing original Potter material
Even after Deathly Hallows was published (nine years ago!) we’ve been receiving new content; from Pottermore to The Cursed Child (which premieres today) and the upcoming Fantastic Beasts, the wizarding world is still going strong!
7. She’s probably the sassiest person on Twitter
She retweets pets dressed as Potter characters, she tweets her pseudonym and vice versa (it’s basically inception), and her replies to celebrities and fans alike are pure perfection!
8. She’s penned some fittingly deep and poignant quotes
Most notably: “it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” Followed by “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.”
9. She’s still writing
Since Deathly Hallows, she’s released four adult novels and her Harvard commencement speech, and (You-Know-)who knows how many more books are in the pipeline.
10. She gave us some of the most interesting characters in literary history
Every single character Jo has written has been well developed and felt real in a way that I cannot describe: somehow I end up emotionally attached (in a good or bad way) to even those who are only fleetingly mentioned. I will always be a firm fan of hers, her characters and her novels!
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