7 Times J.K. Rowling Had the Perfect Thing to Say

posted: 07/31/15
by: Mara Betsch
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J.K. Rowing is known for two things: Writing the uber-popular Harry Potter book series and taking down Internet trolls left and right. She may an expert at writing fantasy novels, but her powers of the written word extend way beyond the pages of her books. Take a look at the many times she (rightfully) put rude people in their places, made a clever remark, or stood up for what's right. Can't get enough of J.K.? You can watch her discover her past on "Who Do You Think You Are?" this Sunday at 9/8c.

1. When she defended her friend Serena Williams

2. When a fan asked her about Dumbledore's sexuality and she answered it like a champ

The fan in question said "Thank you so much for writing Harry Potter. I wonder why you said that Dumbledore is a gay because I can't see him that way."

3. When she stood up for gay rights in general

4. When she supported Emma Watson, the actress who played Hermione in the Harry Potter series

5. Or when she hilariously commented on Matthew Lewis' (aka Neville Longbottom) racy photo shoot.

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6. When nailed the whole body image issue

"Is 'fat' really the worst thing a human being can be? Is 'fat' worse than 'vindictive', 'jealous', 'shallow', 'vain', 'boring' or 'cruel'? Not to me.

"I've got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don't want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I'd rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny--a thousand things, before 'thin.' And frankly, I'd rather they didn't give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do."

--From a 2006 post on her blog called "For Girls Only, Probably"

7. When she had the perfect response to a reporter who told her "50 Shades of Grey" had beaten her record for books sold