Following the results of the 2016 presidential election, in which Donald J. Trump was named President-Elect of the United States of America, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling responded passionately over Twitter, retweeting sentiments that Hillary Clinton’s loss was “tragic.”
When asked if she’d elaborate at the November 10 press conference for her latest film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, she replied, “Honestly, I don’t want to say any more specifically about [how] yesterday went down because we’re here for the movie that we’ve been working hard on, and that I would love to talk about. That, and I think today might be a day for good things… As far as themes are concerned, this story [for Fantastic Beasts] was conceived a few years ago, so I can’t make any direct relationship to what happened yesterday, but I will say that this first movie shows…five characters, who are drawn to a situation that none of them expected, and as often happens in the Potterverse, they are going to have to make some choices about how they deal with something.”
She continued, “If you have read the Potter books, you’ll know that this period in history was threatened to become very dystopian. You were looking at the rise of a very dark force. But, as I said, I conceived of this story a few years ago. And it was partly informed by what I see as a rise of populism around the world, but I can’t say anything specifically about yesterday…”
Over Twitter, she responded to those telling her she doesn’t live in the United States and to mind her own business, and she continuously retweeted quotes from Clinton. Following Clinton’s concession speech, she said that she “needed to cry.”
I really needed to cry. @HillaryClinton, what a speech ������♥️♥️♥️— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 9, 2016
When asked about her writing process, Rowling explained that she could write anywhere—even, a “surprising amount, actually, on the lavatory”—and that she worked on a screenplay for the five-part Fantastic Beasts series yesterday as an escape.
“We flew out here yesterday evening,” she said. “I was in a kind of a bleak mood boarding the plane, and I thought, ‘I need to work,’ so I got out the second screenplay, and I did some work on that.”
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