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Rowling Retweets Swan Reunion

For Serious Strikers out there, this is a point of interest because… well, The Swan Symbolism in Lethal White. See also Elizabeth Baird-Hardy on the subject and Joanne Gray.

Swans separated and re-united may be the single most important image or metaphor for the Cormoran Strike-Robin Ellacott relationship.



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Rowling Donates £1 Million to Charities on Battle of Hogwarts Anniversary

In terms of Rowling’s net worth, of course, £1 million is peanuts. She once owned a yacht, just as a ‘for example,’ worth $28 million dollars (which she supposedly sold at a $10 million loss).

I begin with that note to anticipate nay-sayers wanting to downplay this characteristically generous and thoughtful gift on Rowling’s part. This is £1 million on top of the many millions she gives annually to Volant Charities and to Lumos — and the incredible income tax burden she bears without complaint or dodges (she pays 50% of her earnings which made last year’s bill £48.6 million — that’s $60 million, folks).

This gift will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the homeless and those suffering from domestic violence during this quarantine. And that is something we all should acknowledge, a gift to those in need for which we can be openly appreciative sans snark.

So, hats off and three cheers on this Battle of Hogwarts Anniversary for the thoughtfulness of The Presence. Thank you, Mrs Murray, for the good example.

Rowling Says She Had Corona Virus?

Read the whole thread here.

This is perhaps the single most important tweet The Presence has made since returning to Twitter because it seems to have disarmed the Horrible Herd of Social Media Puritans, who, up to this time and since Rowling’s transgender rights tweet last December, had been standing by to shout “TERF!” and “Transphobe!” in response to anything she posted. The news that she had had something like Covid-19 symptoms (good disciple of UK taboos, she chose to stay home rather than receive a confirmed diagnosis — thereby “saving the NHS”) simultaneously empowered the faithful to express their love and concern with best wishes posted from around the world on the thread.

And she came back and is posting on Twitter almost daily — a mixed blessing, I think, but a notable event. Your thoughts?