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From the big J. K. Rowling kids' press conference, courtesy of the BBC:
JK Rowling: Because I had glasses all through my childhood and I was sick and tired of the person in the books who wore the glasses was always the brainy one and it really irritated me and I wanted to read about a hero wearing glasses.

That always pissed me off too. It was like a rule of fiction - specs=swotty dork. Now, I had elements of swotty dorkishness about me, of course, but I really craved a heroine (or hero) who wore glasses. I would have loved Harry's bespectacled state as a kid.

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cangetmad
Jul. 18th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
It's kind of a shame she wasn't fat as a child too, though, isn't it? The way she uses Dudley's fatness as reason to find him grotesque (though, actually, not in this book) always made me uncomfortable.
ladyxoc
Jul. 18th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
I'm bad. Bad to the core.
I confess, I take evil glee in the descriptions of Dudley, but he is a dead ringer for my evil cousin Robert. Who is now a very loud and stupid flashy Southern Bapdiss used car salesman. *raucous cackle of wicked glee at his karma*
zoje_george
Jul. 18th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
She uses fatness in a negative way a LOT and I noticed it much more in this book. To her fatness seems to equal = lazy, dim, silly, mean, greedy.
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