If it’s hard for you to think that 19 years have passed since Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, then don’t feel too bad. It hasn’t been 19 years, just 18.
— Harry Potter Memory (@PotterMemory) September 1, 2016
J.K. Rowling has come under condemnation and ire once again. In the last year, Rowling has been accused of various things. Among this list are cases of racism regarding her wizarding-themed site, Pottermore, as well as complaints that Rowling is “wearing out the Harry Potter franchise,” the Inquisitr said.
Since then, according to Electric Literature, Rowling has:
- apologized for her mistake in not marrying Hermione to Harry.
- announced that the wizard Dumbledore was gay.
- retroactively added Jewish characters to Hogwarts.
- revealed wizarding schools around the world that didn’t make the books.
- released a string of Harry Potter sequel stories full of “revelations.”
- in general kept a steady drip of Harry Potter “news” to keep the book world constantly talking about the nearly decade-old series.”
Yes, Rowling has devoted so much of her life to this story and the fans who have fallen in love with it. However, she has had some blunders along the way. And now, she’s done it again.
Earlier today, J.K. published a tweet in honor of September 1, also known as “Back To Hogwarts Day,” that just felt off somehow.
“If you’re at King’s Cross, the Potter, Granger-Weasley and Malfoy families are there too. Albus Severus starts school today. #19YearsLater.”
“Many fans were taken by surprise and a flurry of activity ensued as they calculated when the Battle of Hogwarts occurred,” Mashable said.
— HARRY POTTER FACTS (@TheHPFacts) September 1, 2016
Gizmodo has reported that the tweet has since been deleted because fans quickly pointed out a discrepancy. Rowling got her dates wrong.
“In case you’re not steeped in the lore of Harry Potter, the end of the last book in the series takes place in 1998. The epilogue to that book—and the day that the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins with—takes place “19 years later.” 1998 + 19 = 2017, not 2016.”
Rowling can’t seem to catch a break. Although this year has been a busy one for her with the production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child coming to the stage in London, as well as the book hitting the shelves worldwide, the author has taken a lot of criticism.
Even though fans love the series and always will, many think that the time has come for Rowling to just let it go. The franchise was hugely successful and based off of the fact that Barnes & Noble still has a stand entirely devoted to Harry Potter memorabilia, it’s fair to assume that it remains highly lucrative. Nevertheless, fans worry that if Rowling keeps encouraging additions to the franchise like Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she will ruin the initial series.
— Pottermore (@pottermore) September 1, 2016
J.K. Rowling is anything but deaf to her fans opinions and pleas, and The Inquisitr reports that the Harry Potter series is done for now.
“For now, Rowling is done. Harry Potter will still be around on Pottermore, but she has no intention of creating any more books or plays. That being said, there are always prequels and stories with other characters that could be told. Harry Potter fans do have Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to look forward to at the end of the year, and others set in this time period to follow later.”
Rowling has since deleted the post and tweeted apologizing for her mistake.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 1, 2016
Now, all that’s left to do is wait for Fantastic Beasts. What do you think? Will it disappoint, or will it reignite our love for the wizarding world? Leave your comments below!
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