Harry Potter and Magic: The Gathering, an interview with J.K. Rowling

Posted on July 14, 2011


By Staff

MTG Lampoon recently sat down with author J.K. Rowling to discuss the Harry Potter Empire, Magic: The Gathering, and life as a 21st century living legend.

MTG Lampoon: J.K., thanks so much for sitting down with us, we really appreciate it.

J.K. Rowling: Nullus forsit [No problem].

ML: Were you familiar with Magic: The Gathering at any point before we discussed this interview?

JKR: In the past, my preexisting partiality was for pure preoccupation with non-magical activities.  Since sculpting the story of several splendid or sordid sorcerers, I’ve wandered the world learning of ‘witchcraft’ and ‘wizardry.’  I’ve known about Magic for a few years.

ML: Would you recommend Magic: The Gathering to Harry Potter fans?

JKR: absolutely.  What I love about trading card games is that the format only allows each card to represent one or maybe two ideas.  There isn’t the same nonsensical obsession artists in other genres have with making each character or element so multi-faceted that much of their audience can’t even keep up with it.  Magic: The Gathering has a beautiful simplicity that way.

ML: This is a rare opportunity to have one of the great creative minds of our generation(s) in front of us.  Would you mind taking a crack at creating some flavorful Magic card ideas?

JKR: hmmm…I wasn’t expecting this [laughs].  Ok I’ll give it a shot:  Terrible Awful. 2BB. Creature – Very Evil Wizard.  First Strike.  When Terrible Awful comes into play, destroy target non-black, non-artifact creature.  2/1

ML: Wow that’s fantastic!  How about one or two more…

JKR: Ok…Mildred Worrybottom.  1WW.  Creature – Concerned Student.  Mildred Worrybottom comes into play with two fret counters.  Whenever another creature is targeted with a spell, remove a fret counter from Mildred Worrybottom and counter that spell.  0/1.

ML: These are great.

JKR: last one… Maximus Augmentum.  G.  Instant.  Target creature gets +3/+3 until end of turn.

ML: Wow, thanks again.  Switching gears a little, could you sign my copy of “Deathly Hallows”?

JKR: Sure. [signs book]

ML: Some of your critics from the very religious right wing in America have said that your books promote satanic worship or at the very least un-Christian concepts.  Magic: The Gathering has drawn some of the same criticism over the years.  How do you respond to those people?

JKR: Look, the books aren’t for everyone; nothing is.  What I tried to do was create a series that toddlers, kids, adults, the elderly, men, women, boys, girls, and pets could all enjoy.  So really my book is for my audience, not others on the outside looking in, judging it.  It wasn’t about mass appeal it was about writing what I wanted to write and what I love to write.

ML: Fair enough.  Would you say some of your fans have an unhealthy obsession with the world of Harry Potter?

JKR: I don’t know, there’s a really fine line between being a fan and going overboard, and I’m not the final arbiter of who’s doing what.  I’d say naming your daughter Hermione and buying all the Harry Potter toys that come out is harmless and fine, but let’s say you’re 40 and bring a wand to a job interview, you might have crossed the line at some point.  Who’s to say though?

ML: Thank you so much for your time, best of luck with whatever you decide to do next!

JKR: Thanks for having me.

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