J.K. Rowling has received plenty of criticism lately for her bizarre additions to the magical world she created.
Not only did Rowling feel the need to offer unnecessary detail on Dumbledore and Grindelwald’s relationship, she also informed her fans about how witches and wizards at Hogwarts used to operate without plumbing. These two examples are probably the worst of the lot, but there have been plenty of others as well.
As a result, people have every right to complain about her actions, particularly when she appears to be actively trying to alter - as well as add to - her own work.
Nevertheless, Rowling's achievements hugely outweigh her antics online, and far too many people are rushing to criticise the famous author without considering the wider context...
10. Art Should Be Seen As Separate From The Artist
As well as some of the unpopular additions Rowling has made to her world, she has also received a heavy amount of criticism for her vocal political views.
Rowling certainly does not hold back when it comes to criticising Brexit and Scottish independence. Whilst there are plenty of people who agree with her positions, the main issue isn’t her actually views, but the fact that she feels the need to be so vocal about them, which in turn can become wearisome for those of us that follow her online.
However, when it comes to all creative industries, it is important to view art as separate from the artist. Her aggressive use of Twitter doesn’t take anything away from her novels. Indeed, even some of her more ludicrous additions to Harry Potter shouldn’t be seen as legitimate. Whatever she says online, Rowling can never change what’s already been published.