Here’s why this Daily Mail article about JK Rowling is so not okay

On Tuesday evening, magic brightened up a rainy Leicester Square with fun, excitement and a bright blue carpet for the European premiere of ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’.


JK Rowling walked the carpet along with Eddie Redmayne, Ezra Miller, David Yates and a whole host of new faces that are about to become part of the Wizarding World canon.

But did the Daily Mail comment on the magic? No. The achievements of JK? No. The intensity of the Potter fandom? No.


They talked about JK’s age.

There’s always been a trend in media of only talking about a woman’s looks rather than her achievements, but COME ON. This is JK Rowling we’re talking about here.

The woman who changed the face of children’s lit and paved the way for YA, the woman who has been giving hope, inspiration and comfort to millions of people for nearly twenty years – but no, let’s talk about how she looked during the hour she spent on the blue carpet.


Don’t get us wrong, JK looked STUNNING in her shimmery, gold gown – totally befitting of a Queen. But literally nothing else was mentioned other than her looks. This rather horrifying comment on her face was one of the worst bits:

“Gone were the lines on her forehead and around her eyes, the dappled skin and jowly appearance”

Ugh. It’s so unnecessary, especially for someone like JK with so much more to talk about!

It’s not just that someone as precious to us as Queen JK was reduced to her looks, though. It’s a problem for everyone. Seeing someone who’s achieved so much reduced to her face is disheartening and uninspiring.


Surely, saying JK Rowling has sold 50 bazillion copies of her books, spawned two movie franchises and countless theme parks is a bit more girl power, right?

This is a feminist issue.

Can you imagine Eddie Redmayne walking the carpet in 20 years and being told he looks ” a decade younger” than his years? NO. He’ll be  congratulated on his fab movie and asked cool things about it instead.


We were at the premiere and we’d honestly have been just as overjoyed if Queen JK had turned up in PJs and bed-hair cos SHE’S A LEGEND. And we’re interested in what she says and does, and not how she looks.

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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