Rowling Admits She Shouldn’t Have Included Magic in Harry Potter

February 05, 2014 / by / 11 Comments

LONDON — J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, admitted in a press conference this morning that she regrets her inclusion of magic in the best-selling novels.

“I was flying by the seat of my pants, and at the time, including magic as a central plot point seemed like the natural thing to do,” said Rowling. “In retrospect, the story would have been much better if there were no magic.”

“The story would be simpler and more relatable,” added Rowling. “Just a story about a boy with a tough upbringing who goes to private school and makes friends and enemies. Not too far off from Dead Poets’ Society.”

Rowling elaborated on how things might be different in a Harry Potter world without magic.

“Instead of Voldemort being an evil wizard, he’s just, I guess, I don’t know, kind of a serial killer,” explained Rowling. “Have you read In Cold Blood? It’s like that.”

“What I’m saying is that I regret not making the Harry Potter series more like a combination of Dead Poets’ Society and In Cold Blood,” she added.

As of press time, there has been no confirmation of rumors that Rowling also believes Severus Snape should have been played by Mark Wahlberg, and not Alan Rickman.