Discussion: The Age of The Digital Author

Today’s Digital Author

Nowadays, authors are typically much more visible to their readers. They have social profiles and personal blogs, maintain newsletters, join online chats, and have many other ways they are able to connect with readers and fans, often instantaneously. Due to this, readers are learning more and more about not only the author’s personal lives but also their writing process, personality, thoughts on past works, and much more.

  • Harry himself made sure that the portrait of Snape made it into the Headmaster’s Office, but she doubts that he ever went to speak to it.
  • Voldemort’s death broke the curse on the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching position; now a wizard or witch can hold it for more than a year.
  • She regrets the end relationships and feels Harry and Hermione should have been together instead of Ron and Hermione.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is approved as canon.
  • That Hermione was never written as white. Rowling tweeted “Canon: brown eyes, frizzy hair and very clever. White skin was never specified. Rowling loves black Hermione.”
  • Through Twitter she has revealed that there was a Jewish wizard at Hogwarts (Anthony Goldstein, Ravenclaw), that there were LGBT students at Hogwarts, and that there were students of every religion . . . except Wiccans.
  • The existence of world-wide wizarding schools, and that American non-wizards are referred to as no-majs instead of muggles
  • In 2007 she revealed that she’d always viewed Dumbledore as gay.
  • These are just some of the revelations J.K. Rowling has announced. To see more details on these revelations and to see a full list of other post-Harry Potter announcements, go here.

Let Us Know: How Do You Feel about Your Digital Connection to Your Favorite Authors?

Do you enjoy following or interacting with authors online? Has interacting with authors online caused you to become more or less invested in their work? Are there things that you like or dislike that authors do online? As a whole, do you think the instant connection authors now have to their fans is benefiting or hurting them as a whole?

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