Ouch. Then on Wednesday, Rowling replied to a self-proclaimed fan of 17 years, suggesting that the reader seemingly missed an entire point of the Potter saga.
A few observations. First, there’s some history with book burning and Harry Potter. Christian groups actually organised mass Potter burns back in 2001, protesting the novels as satanic.
Second, notice that Rowling isn’t simply retweeting or replying to her bashers like she normally does. The reader comments were attached to her tweets as cropped photos. This allowed Rowling to grey-out their Twitter handles so the users couldn’t be easily identified. Perhaps she doesn’t want to promote those who are attacking her, but I suspect there’s another reason: She’s sparing them the avalanche of blowback from her supporters. If my read is correct, it’s an act of benevolence in the face of hostility that Dumbledore would approve of.
This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com.
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