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Because she has no Latin and less Greek

We have our first recorded instance of Rowling denialism. I'm sure future scholars will debate fiercely whether the Duchess of York or Kate Bush wrote the Harry Potter novels (actually, it would fit Kate Bush rather well, what with her 12-year absense and a history of writing about the supernatural. Unless people start arguing that Kate's discovery at age 15 by one of the biggest rock stars in the world, who conveniently happened to share a mutual acquaintance with her brother, is "too good to be true" and that Kate's songs were really written by Vashti Bunyan during her 35-year absense. Then again, that tale of Vashti's pilgrimage to Scotland, being a descendent of religious writer John Bunyan, dropping out of the public eye for a lifetime after the flop of her first album, having that album slowly gain recognition until the Observer lists it in the top 100 British albums ever and the album fetches £ 900 at eBay auctions, and then being rediscovered at age 60 by the hottest young stars in indie music? Suuuuuuuure, that's likely).

Film director Nina Grünfeld simply thinks the rags-to-riches story of JK Rowling is too good to be true.

Writing in a commentary in Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten's cultural pages this week, she questioned whether it's really possible for Rowling to have been the sole creative force behind what's become an international book and movie empire.

Grünfeld recounted the stories told about Rowling, where it's claimed the aspiring author was a poor, single mother with a hungry child to feed, who got the idea for Harry Potter while she sat on a delayed train between Manchester and London. With no money for paper or an office, Rowling reportedly started scribbling out the story of Harry Potter on paper napkins picked up in Edinburgh's cafés

Grünfeld called it a "fantastic" story, that "gives hope" not least to single mothers around the world as well as mothers with unrealized dreams and strong purchasing power.

"But can a person be so productive and commercially successful in a media industry where nothing is left to coincidence?" wondered Grünfeld. "Is it possible that a person can write six thick books that are translated into 55 languages and sell more than 250 million copies in less than 10 years? Is it probable that the stories then get filmed and commercially exploited to the degree seen here, without any well-thought-out strategy or highly professional players behind them?"

And then came Grünfeld's provocative question: "Is it possible that JK Rowling exists?" Her own answer: "Well, who do they think they're kidding? Not me!"

Grünfeld then went on to float what she willingly concedes may be a conspiracy theory, that the books instead have been produced by hack writers like those at the syndicate that produced the "Nancy Drew" mystery series for young readers. The author printed on all the books, "Carolyn Keene," never really existed, Grünfeld notes, adding that she thinks Rowling is a product of "a gigantic concern with the names Bloomsbury Publishing plc and Warner Bros" in the concern's ranks.

Yes, it is possible after all to outdo Shakespeare denialists for sheer pointless, headache-inducing obnoxiousness.


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