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JK Rowling would like fans to stop 'making plans' for her death, thanks very much

A meme detailing a future memorial for the author is being shared on Twitter. Bit grim, lads!

HARRY POTTER and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in the Harry Potter series, is 20 years old this year. Twenty! And it will surely be popular for at least 20 more.

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Author JK Rowling appreciates all the love she gets for creating the series, but she has asked fans to kindly stop making memes about her death. Please.

Rowling made the request after this awkwardly-worded and rather morose picture started being shared a good bit on Twitter:

C4GRSWeWIAAOyEm Twitter / @jk_rowling Twitter / @jk_rowling / @jk_rowling

One day in the middle of my life, the news headlines will be ‘JK Rowling died today’. My children won’t fully understand why I left the room crying, or why I picked up a book titled Harry Potter.
Millions will pull out old toy wands, cloaks and round-rimmed glasses will be dusted off. Wands lit they will take to the streets, holding them high, from speakers and phones, ‘Hedwig’s Theme’.

“Hogwarts will come back to life as a new generation is introduced to The Boy Who Lived,” it concludes.

Nice sentiment and all… But Rowling would prefer if everyone stopped planning what will happen when she dies. And tagging her in these plans. She is only 51, after all.

One fan didn’t quite get the message… And well, they got told.

jkrowling Twitter / @jk_rowling Twitter / @jk_rowling / @jk_rowling

Did you hear that, Potterheads? Stop getting ahead of yourselves. She’s going to be around for a while yet.

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