‘Embarrassed’ JK Rowling admits writing section of Harry Potter sitting on a public loo

‘Embarrassed’ JK Rowling admits writing section of Harry Potter sitting on a public loo

July 23, 2021

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JK Rowling has opened up about how when inspiration strikes, you have to put pen to paper, wherever you are. In a new interview, the author admitted she once wrote a section of Harry Potter while perched on a public toilet.

Rowling is one of the most well-known authors around thanks to penning the Harry Potter series.

Speaking on the BBC Podcast The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed, she opened up to poet Simon Armitage about how inspiration strikes.

Speaking about the writing process, she divulged: “I don’t know if they say this to you; ‘Do you only write when you’re inspired?’.

“In my head, I say; ‘well if I only write when I’m inspired I’ve only written half a book’.

“A professional writer has to push through, we all love those moments of brilliant inspiration but it’s the work you do after that that counts or that’s how I see it.”

The author then even revealed she’d once had to get some writing done in a public toilet.

Rowling continued: “I once wrote a paragraph of Harry Potter sitting on a public loo. Literally, that happened.

“You know what? It was the moment, I had no time, it’s gonna have to happen now.

“So it made me very un-precious about the conditions I need to write, and that was good because it meant I could continue to raise my kids and keep going.

“Maybe [the books] would’ve been better written if I hadn’t had that life but that’s what it was.”

After Armitage pointed out the toilet will likely wind up at auction, Rowling admitted she was “embarrassed” about the anecdote.

She continued: “I’m not telling anyone where that loo was, I’m too embarrassed, I can’t believe I’ve told you that but that is the truth.”

Elsewhere, the author has recently opened up about the trolling she’s received over her controversial gender comments.

Posting on Twitter, she shared how one follower had written about sending her a pipe bomb in the post.

She penned to her 14 million followers: “To be fair, when you can’t get a woman sacked, arrested or dropped by her publisher, and cancelling her only made her book sales go up, there’s really only one place to go.”

Rowling then shared a response from a fan who asked what this was about.

They had penned: “Is this still because of her comments about the safety of women in toilets/ changing rooms if men can use them by simply saying they identify as a woman?”

Rowling then added: “Yes, but now hundreds of trans activists have threatened to beat, rape, assassinate and bomb me I’ve realised that this movement poses no risk to women whatsoever.”

This follows the author sharing a tweet last year, which some social media users branded “transphobic”.

This read: “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people.

“Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

Following her tweet, many Harry Potter stars condemned her comments, including Emma Watson.

The Hermione Granger star wrote: “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.

“I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.”

The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed, 19:15, Saturday 24 July on Radio 4 and BBC Sounds.

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