J K Rowling, famed Harry Potter author, a fan of Morrissey? You read that right.
Speaking to Lauren Laverne in the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, she said: “I met him in such a bizarre situation, in Harvey Nichols. 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.
“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!'”
Rowling continued her praise, explaining that meeting the former Smiths frontman made her understand how Harry Potter fans could continue obsessing over the books into adulthood.
“The people who mean something to you at 16, 17 are the people who are getting you through stuff. So I absolutely understand why someone who is hanging on to Harry Potter as a safe place at 13 is excited at 21 to talk about what (Hogwarts) house they’d be in. I don’t think it’s infantile. I don’t think it’s any more infantile than me being excited to meet Morrissey.”