This phenomena fascinates me endlessly. The magic of stories can’t help but spill over into real life. Rowling feels guilty for making up the stories, because she empathizes with the characters as much or more than the fans.
Harry Potter death spoilers abound in this one, in case you still haven’t seen the movies or read the books and were planning to.
At some point, J.K. Rowling started to realize that the creative decisions she made in Harry Potter as far as “conflict” goes actually broke some hearts, perhaps even physically. She’s even started issuing some public apologies for the grief she’s caused, most recently concerning the death of Florean Fortescue. But she’s now apologizing for one character death that she says was the “worst” for her to deal with herself, that of Fred Weasley. If you ask me, that’s an apology that was a long time coming. Here is what Rowling said on Twitter:
When asked about other…
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