JK Rowling has said she won’t be putting on wizarding costumes to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Harry Potter books.
The writer, who came up with the idea for the series while waiting for a late train to London King’s Cross in 1990, said she would probably celebrate with some cheese on toast and a glass of champagne instead.
Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published in 1997 and became an international sensation. Her books have sold more than 500 million copies in more than 80 languages and have inspired a film franchise and a play.
During her appearance on Radio Two today (Saturday, October 9th), presenter Claudia Winkleman asked whether the author could put on a Griffindor dress and “celebrate” or whether she would just eat cheese on toast and look at a box for the anniversary.
Rowling replied, “Now you’ve reminded me, I think I’ll probably have cheese on toast, but I could open a bottle of champagne and have some champagne with my cheese on toast.
“I probably won’t dress up. That brings me back to the early days of Potter, when every photographer wanted me to wear a witch hat, and that just drove me crazy. “
The world famous writer said she was “very bad” at having her picture taken.
She said, “I feel particularly bad when someone gives me a prop to play with or a hat to wear. I just look embarrassed and terrible. “
Rowling’s next book is a children’s story called The Christmas Pig.
It’s slated for next week and is inspired by your son’s love for a toy pig he had as a kid.
She hopes it will “lead to interesting conversations between adults and children,” adding that these are “some pretty weighty issues.”