As of late, J.K. Rowling has been indulging in the capricious desires and demands of her fiercely loyal army of Harry Potter fans. She was kind enough to expand on the world she created this past Halloween and Christmas with new writings, and has taken to Twitter to answer a few of the many questions we have for her.
Late last night (U.S. time), Rowling, lovely woman that she is, addressed some of the things us Potter fans have been left scratching their heads over for years.
I've been chastised in the past for gushing over Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling, but can you blame me when she does things like this?
When Harry was bitten by the Basilisk, why didn't it destroy Voldemort's Horcrux?
This is a fair question that, apparently, has been asked quite a bit on Tumblr.
Rowling gives us an answer, and a hashtag requesting that we leave the subject be.
When you think about it, it's a pretty obvious answer. When Fawkes' tear healed Harry (the Horcrux-receptacle), it also prevented the Horcrux from being destroyed.
Still, I understand the confusion. After all, Harry did survive the Battle of Hogwarts. However remember how Voldemort used some of Harry's blood to regain his human form in Goblet of Fire? Well, the fact that they shared blood helped keep Harry anchored to life. So as long as Voldemort was alive, Harry would be too.
When he was killed by Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest, instead of dying he was to limbo because Voldemort was still alive, thus destroying the Horcrux, but not the vessel. Harry then made the conscious decision to continue living and finish off Voldemort.
Hannah Anderson poses a good followup question though. If Dumbledore was able to destroy Voldemort's Horcrux in the Resurrection Stone, why did it still work?
Oh Dumbledore, that tricky wizard. I guess Hallow beats Horcrux.
What ever happened to Fluffy?
As we all know, after Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Fluffy gets briefly mentioned, but we see nothing more of Hagrid's three-headed, music-loving canine.
Mythical animal lovers everywhere share your pain, Emily. But have no fear! J.K. Rowling has a great response.
Three-headed dogs are a staple in Greek and Roman mythology, the most famed probably being Cerberus, the guardian of the Underworld. In the books, Hagrid also mentions that he bought Fluffy from "a Greek chappie," so it's good to know that after protecting the Sorcerer's Stone, he was sent back to the appropriate environment.
What's with the location of Number 12 Grimmauld Place?
While I can't imagine this is a really widely asked question, it's still valid.
How did they get this house and why? I can't imagine they went through a Muggle real estate agent.
It does seem strange that the Black family, who were devout Pure-blood supremacists, would still choose to live in the middle of a Muggle area, instead of an area with more magical residents. I guess even wizards hate moving.
And finally, the most important and divisive question she answered...
In my experience, this is one of the most important questions you can ask a Brit.
Alright, as an American I have little to say regarding brands of tea, but it's making some of my British coworkers feeling very conflicted.
It's also seemed to have caused a bit of a riff between the Harry Potter family. Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) responded with...
Neville Longbottom has officially entered the Lancashire/Yorkshire debate!
While it might not take much time out of her day to answer Tweets like this, it's pretty incredible that this author worth multi-billions of dollar is still willing to take the time to reach out to her fans and answer our questions.
Thanks again, J.K. Until next time!