An Open Letter To J. K. Rowling

Letter To JK Rowling

Dear J.K. Rowling,

I would like to first thank you for the seven contributions you made to my youth. Here, at the twilight of my 20s, I have decided to return to the world of Harry Potter. I was no less magical. However, I did find it more terrifying.

J. K. Rowling, talk Time Turners with me, a device that allows its user to travel backwards in time, not only as an observer but as a participant who may alter the past to produce a more desirable future? It starts out innocently. Hermione uses it to attend extra classes, but it escalates to thwarting the Ministry of Magic by enabling Sirius Black, an escaped convict, to remain elusive. What’s more is Dumbledore approves, with seemingly no qualms about using underage minors as pawns to achieve his goals.

Next, I want to talk about spells. Nevermind that Hermione casts a spell to erase herself from her parents’ memory, alter their identities, and move them to Australia. I want to talk about the Unforgivable Curses, specifically “Avada Kedavra”, the killing curse. You tried to cover your bases by saying no one can actually use it unless they truly desire to.

Okay, except there’s “Sectumsempra,” that cool sounding word Harry found half-assedly scrawled inside a stolen book and used in a duel against Malfoy. The spell you described as–

“Blood splurted from Malfoy’s face and chest as though he had been slashed with an invisible sword. He staggered backwards and collapsed… …[his] face was now shining scarlet, his white hands scrabbling at his blood soaked chest.”

Thank you J.K Rowling for having Snape intervene. The message seems to be “Avada Kedavra” is out unless you are a maniacal killing machine like Voldemort. If, however, you have a piece of wood infused with phoenix feathers and can repeat a word you just read, you can still, you know, kill. That’s as idiotic as saying, “Gun’s don’t kill people. People kill people.” Only, in this case that really is what you’re saying.

J.K. Rowling, my love what you have created in your books will always have a prominent place on my shelf.  And I bet it will continue to get older that you get.


Jonah Ryan

Jonah Ryan

Jonah lives in a one room apartment with four cats and spends most of his time pretending that is okay. He is a lover/writer of science fiction and fantasy, and you can read his short stories on his website Please follow him on Twitter @JonahParkerRyan, it’s how he judges his self worth.