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February 19, 2007

The last of Potter


J.K. Rowling, who may be perfect, has completed the final Harry Potter novel at an Edinburgh hotel. A bit of whimsy on the way out the door is probably the first time the Balmoral will make money from vandalism.

The millionaire wrote the note to fans after completing the book at Edinburgh's five-star Balmoral Hotel. Before checking out, she wrote in black marker pen on an antique-style statue: "JK Rowling finished writing Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows in this room on 11 Jan 2007."

I realize this news may be unedifying to devotees of ostensibly serious literature though it seems to me too many people have forgotten what fiction is for. As a parallel for instance, the above "wilful excursion into the third dimension" is Stuart Pearson Wright's portrait of Rowling; it deserves better than to be exposed to the precautionary mummification that is art criticism. But then, so does everything else enjoyable in life.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 19, 2007 07:24 AM


There's a big difference between people who gain significance (even if only in their own eyes) by marking stuff up with graffiti, and graffiti that's interesting because of the person who wrote it. Even if the Harry Potter books are forgotten in fifty years--not too likely, but you never know--Rowling's little mark will still be a more interesting relic from a bygone era than if someone had marked up the statue with "Sk8ter Boi wuz here."

Posted by: utron [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 21, 2007 06:49 PM

I recently spent some time with someone very cool, so cool in fact s/he rarely smiled let alone expressed unabashed enthusiasm for anyone or anything. I admit s/he was impressively attired and could glide through the most daunting gothic social contexts. But I find when I am with people like that I too smile less and enjoy myself less no matter how vaunted the company.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 22, 2007 09:07 AM