J.K. Rowling Recalls Meeting Morrissey: 'I Wanted to Go Back to My 16-Year-Old Self'

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J.K. Rowling visits the Empire State Building on April 9, 2015 in New York City. 

Like a lot of misunderstood teens, J.K. Rowling was a really big Smiths fan. In a recent interview with The Guardian's Weekend magazine the Harry Potter author spoke about meeting Morrissey and all the magical fandom that ensued. 

She got on the topic of Moz while speaking on how teenage passions follow us into adulthood. Like her 20-something Harry Potter fans, she explained how Morrissey’s music still means a great deal to her because of how it got her through some difficult years. 

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On meeting Morrissey, Rowling said, “I wanted to go back to my 16-year-old self who’s lying there in the dark with the joss sticks, listening to 'Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,' and tell her, ‘You’ll meet him! He’ll know who you are!’” 
Here’s how it went down: Rowling was in the British department store Harvey Nichols when she spotted the enigmatic singer. "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."

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Her sister-in-law was with her, but she couldn’t talk her down from her moment of unabashed fandom. 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.’"

What do you say, Morrissey in Slytherin, Johnny Marr in Gryffindor, Mike Joyce in Ravenclaw, and Andy Rourke in Hufflepuff? 


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