JK Rowling on meeting Morrissey: ‘It was amazing that he knew who I was’

Harry Potter author reveals that she is a 'big Smiths fan'

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has described the moment she met Morrissey in a Harvey Nichols store.

Rowling recently spoke to Lauren Laverne for an interview in The Guardian‘s Weekend magazine. During the interview, she said that she understand why the Potter books “still means so much” to people “because I know how much it meant to me to meet Morrissey”.

Describing herself as a “big Smiths fan”, Rowling recalled the encounter, saying: “We were looking at each other, getting nearer and nearer, and at almost exactly the same moment we both put out our hands. What was amazing to me was, Morrissey knew who I was.”

She added: “I was with my sister-in-law and she said, ‘Put. Your. Hand. Down.’ I was walking around afterwards with my hand out, like that … I said, ‘Morrissey touched me!’ She said, ‘I know, you look stupid.’”

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Rowling also said that she spent her youth “lying there in the dark with the joss sticks, listening to ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now'”.

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Meanwhile, JK Rowling recently explained to fans why Harry Potter named his middle child Albus Severus Potter.

Rowling took to Twitter last week (November 27) to engage with fans who were debating the character’s decision to pay tribute to someone many see as a villainous character. Author Rowling stated that the name decision was done “in forgiveness and gratitude” because Snape died for Harry out of love for Lily.