A Harry Situation: Has the J.K. Rowling Backlash Begun?
Does J.K. Rowling still own Harry Potter? If the reaction to her new short story is any indication, don’t expect to see a new novel or film adaption popping up anytime soon.
For any creative visionary, there’s a major downside to creating a classic character or franchise. At some point, the diehard fans that elevated the material to iconic status will claim virtual ownership of those same beloved storylines.
Every good Star Wars fan knows that “Han shot first.” Likewise, many serious Harry Potter fans insist that their hero’s adventures ended with the epilogue of Deathly Hallows.
Of course, Rowling still technically owns the business and creative rights to the world of Harry Potter. But based on the response to her new Harry Potter short story posted to the Pottermore.com website, Rowling may have to tread carefully in any future dispatches from Daily Prophet gossip columnist Rita Skeeter.
While many fans are just happy for any new Harry Potter, not everyone was thrilled. Grantland.com pulled out the knives, asking if Rowling is “becoming this generation’s George Lucas?”
The mixed critical and fan reaction stems from a few issues. First of all, Rowling has previously claimed that she has “no plans” to publish any additional stories chronicling Potter’s adventures following the epilogue of Deathly Hallows.
But in the new 1,500-word story, readers are brought up to speed on a now 34-year-old Harry, his wife (Ginny) and two young sons (James and Albus) – and, of course, lifelong pals Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.