Although Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is known to be quite private when it comes to her personal life, a very limited number of interviews have become available through the years, most of which are in print, on the radio, or on screen. In an article by Daily Mail, we are offered a glimpse into another interview of sorts, though in a different medium.
Pearson Wright, who won the privilege of painting J.K. Rowling’s portrait in 2001 noted “I like the idea that she’s a real person who eats the same food as everyone else, and boiled eggs are very leveling.”
The portrait, which features Rowling “barefoot, eating boiled eggs and soldiers”, began with Wright meeting J.K. Rowling in Edinburgh, sketching, and then “returning for a weekend to paint her at her home.”
Wright won the BP Portrait Award in 2001 as well as a commission to paint the famed author for the National Portrait Gallery.
Pearson Wright also comments:
“And when you get to know her she is very normal, as well as extraordinary because of her imagination. There are three eggs because she has three children and three of her own eggs gave rise to those children.“
It always amuses me when people find out the meaning of a name in HP at school or something (e.g. Minerva being the goddess of wisdom) and are like ‘oooooooomg JK Rowling is a genius how is she so clever’
Yeah… A Classics graduate with a penchant for collecting words MUST be a genius if they know something that you the 14 year old just got taught in your History lesson!
Jo Rowling signed print out of the old Leaky layout, another hidden treasure I’ve found at my moms house. Should probably frame this. (Taken with instagram)
Portrait of JK Rowling (for MORE Magazine), sumi ink & pen.
Six Prose Writers: J.K. Rowling (3/6).[…] many prefer not to exercise their imaginations at all. They choose to remain comfortably within the bounds of their own experience, never troubling to wonder how it would feel to have been born other than they are. They can refuse to hear screams or to peer inside cages; they can close their minds and hearts to any suffering that does not touch them personally; they can refuse to know.I might be tempted to envy people who can live that way, except that I do not think they have any fewer nightmares than I do. Choosing to live in narrow spaces leads to a form of mental agoraphobia, and that brings its own terrors. I think the wilfully unimaginative see more monsters. They are often more afraid. [X]
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J.K. Rowling: “As someone who did the best she could with the talent she had.”