I’ve often wondered if authors play favorites. Turns out, at least one of them does.
JK Rowling has revealed that she has a favorite character from her awe-inspiring Harry Potter series; and her choice is no surprise, if you ask me.
The past few weeks have been Harry Potter-centric in the entertainment world, as the incomparable series is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary (not to mention, the bespectacled wizard we all fell in love with recently had a birthday, a day that he shares with his creator).
In honor of this, Rowling released a video message to Good Morning America in which she discusses which of her creations she’d most like to meet.
“I always say that I feel like I wrote Dumbledore from the back of my head. Sometimes he said things and told Harry things, that I only I knew that I knew…when I saw that I had written them down in the voice of Dumbledore. He was the character that was hardest to leave for me.”
When the interviewer asked Jo whether or not Dumbledore was actually based upon a real person, and who she would want him to bequeath some of that infinite wisdom to, she said:
“I have considered world leaders who may benefit from some of his calm wisdom, but finally decided that there is only person that should meet Dumbledore- and it’s me. Because above all of the other characters in the Harry Potter series, he is the one I miss the most.”
Which begs the question, Madame Rowling…why did you kill off the most universally beloved characters if he meant so damn much to you?!
Excuse my outburst, but the death of the enigmatic Headmaster is one that still stings.
If you’re feeling nostalgic, or just downright blue that there will be no more Harry Potter books or movies, you can ease your wounded heart with the 15th Anniversary box set that has been released with all new cover art by Kazu Kibuishi.