ByJancy Richardson, writer at
To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'It's only a movie...It's only a movie...'
Jancy Richardson

Kids should not be forced to live in a cramped, dusty cupboard under the stairs. That should be evident to any half-decent parent, especially one who is familiar with the world of Harry Potter.

Harry spends the first eleven years of his life in that cupboard (save for a short period where he inherits Dudley's second bedroom) and he's not happy about it.

This emotional scene from The Deathly Hallows where an older Harry revisits the cupboard under the stairs and realizes, not only how neglected his really was as a child, but how far he's come, always gets me.

Still, some misguided Harry Potter inspired interior design was unfortunately touted by a magazine claiming, 'Short on space? Shove the kids under the stairs in a Harry Potter bedroom!'

This did not escape the notice of Twitter user Beathhigh, who immediately tweeted J.K. Rowling herself... and prompted a corker of a reply!

J.K. Rowling - who personally gives millions to children's charities each year, as well as founding her own kids' rights organization, Lumos - was pretty darn quick to confirm that she does NOT think that 'shoving kids under the stairs' is a good idea!

To be fair to the magazine in question, it's a poorly worded advertisement rather than an enthusiastic endorsement of child neglect, but it's still nice that J.K. Rowling slammed back quickly! We don't want any other kids going through what happened to Harry...

Source: Twitter, Youtube, Lumos


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