They say that you should never meet your heroes, it will ruin the heroness of it all. What happens if you meet your hero and they snap, if they’re rude, if they ignore you? BUT what happens if you meet your hero in the most random fashion possible, not at a convention or a book signing or a publicity event…. What if you’re walking down one of the busiest streets in London busy checking your phone and look up for that one second, and in that one second your hero walks past and that hero is J.K Rowling?
I spent about 10 agonising seconds wondering what to do, did I approach her, did I let her walk off, was I 100% sure it was her, could it just be a doppelgänger? However this is a once in a life time opportunity, if it’s not JK Rowling, then I just ask her VERY good imitation what the time is and walk past….but then the blonde head that turns and it IS her.
I have loved Harry Potter since I was 9 years old (I’m now 24) I met my best friend through my love for her stories, I took solace in them when I had my darkest of days and I grew up with her plethora of characters and here she was in front of me.
She smiled as I nervously asked her to sign something for me (I had scrambled through my bag and managed to procure a pen and a business card) she smiled, took me to one side and asked how to spell my name. The next couple of minutes were a bit of a blur, she was so kind and acted interested in my life (she probably wasn’t hah) and hugged me when I nearly burst out crying. I then said this is probably so cheeky but can I have a photo with her?
She didn’t seem annoyed or bother or upset by it she was like “Sure who shall we get to take it? Or shall we just do a selfie?” that’s right JK asked to do a selfie… a few more things were said and then she hugged me goodbye. But there it was THE perfect meeting with MY heroes….so maybe, just maybe you always SHOULD meet your heroes….
I would like to add she was by herself, no children, and was NOT in a rush otherwise I wouldn’t dared to have approach her - she also said she had no problem with me doing so