J.K. Rowling is beloved worldwide for the gift of her Harry Potter series. The books spawned eight movies, a play, and a new prequel franchise couched in the character of Newt Scamander and his book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Needless to say, J.K. Rowling is one of the most well-known authors in the world. Now, the BBC is reporting that Rowling is suing her former assistant, Amanda Donaldson.
Donaldson worked for Rowling between February 2014 and April 2017 before being fired. Legal papers have revealed that Donaldson is accused of wracking up £23,696.32 of personal credit card charges on Rowling’s business cards as well as stealing and selling Harry Potter memorabilia.
J.K. Rowling sues a former assistant who stole money to purchase, among other things, 2 cats: https://t.co/ha0mxncVgD
— Jason Pinter (@jasonpinter) November 8, 2018
According to BBC:
“Ms Rowling also claims Ms Donaldson, who controlled memorabilia requests from fans, used her position to steal a Harry Potter motorised Hogwarts Express worth £467.56, a Harry Potter Wizard Collection worth £2231.76 and a Harry Potter Tales of Beedle The Bard Set worth £395.
“Ms Rowling says the toys were taken without her ‘knowledge or consent.'”
A spokeswoman for Rowling has confirmed the story but declined to comment further as it is an ongoing legal proceeding.
Reactions to the lawsuit were split:
This is not about whether she is going to miss that money. Whether you steal from a poor man or a billionaire, at the end of the day, it is stealing. And her motive is not so much to punish but to reform.
— Mudra Bandyopadhyay (@DebakBandyopad2) November 8, 2018
So Amanda Donaldson’s defence is, “She’s rich and won’t miss the money so who cares if I stole it?” That’ll work ????????
— Billy Freeman (@freemanbilly81) November 8, 2018
What most are focused on right now in the Wizarding World is the impending release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
i'm so excited to see this cant' wait to see Johnny Depp as Grindelwald!!!!
— Because it's Johnny Depp (@MyGrindelwald) November 8, 2018
this world of magic started by taking my nephews to watch Harry Potter in theaters. Today I’m 50 years old, they’re at the University and I’m Potterhead! @jk_rowling Thanks! Rio « da » Janeiro – Brazil
— Cris Gouvêa (@gouvea_cris) November 8, 2018
I am so excited.
— Sanobar Ansari (@KhanSanaubar) November 8, 2018
Perfectly made. That's all there is to say. ♥
— Alizandra L (@Alizandra_Lilly) November 8, 2018
Some have questions about the connections to the Harry Potter story.
How did Xenophilius end up with the necklace of the Deathly Hallows that Grindelwald gave to Credence? Does anyone know?
— Sandra ☆ (@sannienverly) November 8, 2018
“My brothers, my sisters, the moment has come to take our rightful place in the world. Join me, or die.”
— Spectecle (@spectecle) November 8, 2018
why I’ve just seen the final fantastic beasts 2 trailer?! where have I been after all this time?! I knew about the theories but omg Nagini was human ????
— wins (@drewsjustins) November 7, 2018
And most are pumped for the movie’s release.
Bought tickets for November 14th, WHICH IS JUST A WEEK FROM THIS VERY MOMENT ACTUALLY AHHHHH!!!!!!
— Mikmar (@MikaelMikmar) November 7, 2018
I can't wait to see this
— CrimsonDuchess NYC (@CDuchPROfficial) November 7, 2018
— Denise Marie (@DeniseMarie726) November 7, 2018
We can’t wait.