J.K. Rowling released Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone exactly 20 years ago today, but even now she still produces amazing writing every day in a new way: Twitter.
Whether it’s talking politics, current events, answering questions about the books, or producing firey comebacks to trolls, Rowling has kept her Twitter followers on their toes. She has 10.8 million followers on Twitter since starting in 2009. It’s hard to just pick 20, but here are 20 of Rowling’s best tweets in honor of the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter:
1. First off, Rowling has been very outspoken on Twitter about her views of President Donald Trump, so what better way to start off the list:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 15, 2017
2. As clever as ever, she is always unique in her tweets… especially her insults:
`I don’t think–'
`Then you shouldn’t talk,’ said the Hatter.
Alice in Wonderland pic.twitter.com/l3kVik6hzz
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 12, 2017
3. One of her favorite pastimes is Twitter comebacks. Here is one of her responding to someone who cussed her out in a tweet about her opinions on the elections in the U.K.
.@sjosiah0 The Internet doesn’t just offer opportunities for misogynistic abuse, you know. Penis enlargers can also be bought discreetly.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 8, 2015
4. Rants are also a common occurence for Rowling, like when she used 14 tweets in a row to tell off “‘liberal’ men whose mask slips every time a woman displeases them, who reach immediately for crude and humiliating words associated with femaleness, act like old-school misogynists and then preen themselves as though they’ve been brave”:
Just unfollowed a man whom I thought was smart and funny, because he called Theresa May a whore. 1/14
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 9, 2017
5. As much as she dishes it, she consistently takes it without a second thought or a joke in response:
Well, the fumes from the DVDs might be toxic and I've still got your money, so by all means borrow my lighter. pic.twitter.com/kVoi8VGEoK
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 31, 2017
6. In response to a story that said she was spotted in a bar “celebrating handing in a romantic novel” to her publishers, she wanted to set the story straight.
And 3) (brace yourselves) I sometimes have a drink even when I haven’t finished a book. Yes, that’s how rock and roll I really am.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 22, 2014
7. She is never afraid to express her opinion and have a witty retort to spare:
.@aboymadeofsky No, Jonathan, I've never made a single decision in my life on the basis of whether it was cool.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 9, 2014
8. As much as she tries to be kind on Twitter, she admits some people just tempt her:
.@teuchtermac has realised I'm about to break the record for longest period on Twitter without saying 'moron' & clearly wants to scupper me.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 18, 2015
9. Rowling is a public supporter of LGBTQ rights and public shaming:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 30, 2017
10. Twitter is also filled with her loving fans, but still there are some things she wishes she didn’t see from them:
This is very sweet, but I won't be offended if you untag me when making plans for my death. pic.twitter.com/LfLSTuTxQO
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 7, 2017
11. She is enjoys keeping people accountable by means of sass:
This JK Radcliffe is a reliable source. You should speak to him/her more often. 😂 pic.twitter.com/y4PKX4nXdJ
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 23, 2017
12. Her favorite people to chastise? Internet trolls:
I stand chastened. What the world needs now is more anonymous hate frogs. Dazzle us with your insights and empathy, do. pic.twitter.com/z3OLTi9JdC
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 9, 2016
13. Rowling is outspoken about politics, foreign relations and, most importantly, proper spelling:
Definition 2. Dictionaries are widely available, you know. pic.twitter.com/r5rRZvsTIK
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 3, 2016
14. Rowling has created the perfect thick skin for Twitter:
So many people have told me to visit, I might go to hell and see what all the fuss is about. https://t.co/UqEYDOOU77
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 15, 2017
15. She also continues to answer questions about the book via Twitter. In response to the tweet “I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can’t see him that way?”, she says:
.@anakocovic21 Maybe because gay people just look like… people?
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 24, 2015
16. Followers should beware when Rowling might see one of their tweets:
.@sirius_birthday That is a truly grotesque thought. I can never answer you now.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 5, 2015
17. Rowling is very good at interacting with her fans and their questions:
I was saving the name in case I had a fourth child. https://t.co/ToMUOwrYm0
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 17, 2015
18. As always, she is full of wise words to advise her followers:
.@itssaaaav Ideally, something that makes you happy and doesn't involve serial killing. Can't be more specific without further information.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 12, 2015
19. Rowling is never afraid to be herself, despite what others think:
If you're waiting for universal popularity, you'll be on Twitter a VERY long time. xxxx
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 6, 2014
20. And finally, a reminder of the real reason she’s famous:
20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It's been wonderful. Thank you.#HarryPotter20
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2017
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