If you’re going to argue with someone about the contents of a book series, that “someone” probably shouldn’t be the author of said series. It’s just common logic.
One Twitter user apparently thought that they could flummox author J.K. Rowling by quoting a Harry Potter “fact” which seemingly implied that the series contained Satanic references. Clearly, this individual missed the memo about Rowling handily savaging Twitter trolls all week long, and found themselves waltzing into a landmine of embarrassment.
“Nicholas Flamel dies at age 666 in the potter books,” the (now anonymous) Twitter user wrote. “Odd. The mark of the beast in a children’s novel?”
Rowling posted a photo of the tweet, obscuring the hater’s name and Twitter handle — because she’s classy like that. She then politely handed their ass to them. “Nicholas Flamel doesn’t die in the Potter books,” she wrote. “Seriously, read before you burn, it’ll make attacking me so much easier.”
For those whose Harry Potter knowledge is a bit dusty, Nicholas Flamel is the creator of the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone, if you’re British), which produces the Elixir of Life. In the first book, after Voldemort attempts to steal the Stone, both Flamel and Dumbledore agree that the Sorcerer’s Stone should be destroyed. Dumbledore later tells Harry that Flamel and his wife both have just enough Elixir left to set their affairs in order, and that they will soon die once they’ve used up the last of the potion.
Basically: it is strongly implied that Flamel dies at some point after 1992, but it is never actually stated whether or not this happens during the course of the series.
Fans were quick to give Rowling snaps for using common sense to defy her troll.
She didn’t let the whole thing worry her too much, though — she decided to be more productive with her time and go to bed. Because sleeping is an infinitely better choice than arguing with online trolls.
But that doesn’t mean that Rowling wasn’t apt to be a bit tongue-in-cheek about the whole thing.
Because, honestly — even if Nicholas Flamel had died at age 666, what difference would it make?
Where’s the “mark of the beast” in a book series that is literally about friendship and love overcoming the powers of evil? Oh, that’s right, there isn’t. Because that’s utterly absurd.
Keep twirlin’ on your haters, J.K. Rowling.