The mastermind behind Harry Potter is also hip to pop culture. According to a screenshot on Twitter, J.K. Rowling’s latest page-turner Career of Evil references another global phenomenon: One Direction.
The novel’s leading man Detective Cormoran Strike and a pop-savvy character Hazel discuss the boyfriend of another character named Kelsey. Kelsey allegedly says her new beau is named Niall, a nod to 1D member Niall Horan.
In between Strike’s sniffles, Hazel points out the One Direction reference and explains who the band is.
“They’re a band that came third on The X Factor,” the excerpt read. “She’s obsessed — she was obsessed — and Niall was her favorite.”
Career of Evil marks another thriller in Rowling’s arsenal, who wrote the book under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. As New York Times writes in its recent review, the thriller has music embedded in its DNA.
“The novel is a heavy-handed — and often grisly — tale about a serial killer, who likes to slice up his victims and cut off body parts as trophies; and many chapters start with a quotation from some of Blue Oyster Cult’s more portentous, doom-laden lyrics about death or pain or ‘dreadful knowledge.’ Even the novel’s title comes from the band’s song of the same name, with lyrics by Patti Smith.”
As for 1D, the group recently said farewell to the spotlight after wrapping their tour in Sheffield before taking their extended break into 2016. Their fifth studio effort, Made In The A.M., drops this Friday, Nov. 13.
Niall is mentioned in J.K. Rowling’s new book “Career of Evil” pic.twitter.com/csIBP3olMX
— Niall Horan Updates (@NJHNEWS) November 9, 2015