By Erica Abbott
Reports that J.K. Rowling bought a Twitter troll’s home as revenge for their criticism are false. Rumors that the “Harry Potter” author “owned” a troll by repossessing his house stemmed from a comedy website.
According to Snopes, the outlandish claim originated on Funny or Die, a comedy website that is known for publishing parodies and satire. The article claimed that Rowling responded to a Twitter troll, who had criticized her tweet about refugees two years ago. It included two real tweets, Rowling’s original message and the troll’s response:
If you can’t imagine yourself in one of those boats, you have something missing. They are dying for a life worth living. #refugeeswelcome
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 3, 2015
— Luke (@lukekocura) September 4, 2015
The article continued:
Before responding, Rowling had researched the man behind the troll, Luke Kocura, and found out he was struggling to make mortgage payments on his modest home in Sheffield, England. Unless he turned things around within two years, he was at risk of foreclosure.
Rowling then closely monitored his situation over the next couple years, which, sure enough, only got worse. So she pounced, repossessing the house from the bank, assuming Kocura’s mortgage, and now, she owns the house.
The silly story then went on to declare that Rowling promised to own both her mansion and the Twitter troll’s “shack” in two years, which she later followed up to in 2017. “I was unduly harsh before,” a screenshot of an alleged tweet purported. “The place isn’t a shack. It’s more of a hut. Maybe I’ll let you come back to visit sometime! :)” That was, of course, not a real tweet from Rowling. Her actual response to the critic was short, sassy and sent back in 2015:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 4, 2015
Rowling never attempted to “own” the Twitter troll by repossessing his home. The series of fake tweets from Rowling led to the ridiculous rumor going viral.
Here are some examples of people talking about the rumor on social media:
Social Media Discusses Rumor about J.K. Rowling Buying Twitter Troll’s House As Revenge
@jk_rowling hey remember when you used you massive power and money to steal some guys house because sent you a tweet?
— Leo Kinghorn (@LeoKinghorn) August 29, 2017
I am going to shit a brick if @jk_rowling really repossessed that mans house
— holistically hood ⌛️ (@etherealash) August 29, 2017
— Joshua Guess (@JoshuaGuess) August 26, 2017
— Leather (@BeLeather) August 27, 2017
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