K Rowling joked that she would celebrate the 25th anniversary of her hit Harry Potter fantasy series next year with cheese on toast and a glass of champagne.
The author added that she is unlikely to don a costume from the popular books to mark the milestone, saying she looks “embarrassed” when given an accessory and asked to. pose for a picture.
Rowling came up with the idea for Harry Potter while on a delayed train to London King’s Cross in 1990, and over the next five years he began planning the books for the series.
The first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published in 1997.
Since then, over 500 million copies of the books have been sold worldwide in over 80 languages, and the beloved character has reached the big screen and turned into a play.
Speaking to Rowling on BBC Radio Two on Saturday, presenter Claudia Winkleman asked if the writer could put on a Gryffindor dress and “celebrate a big time” or have cheese on toast and watch a birthday gift box. .
Laughing, Rowling replied, “Now that you’ve reminded me of it, I think I’ll probably have cheese on toast, but I could open a bottle of champagne and have champagne with my cheese on toast. .
“I’m probably not going to dress. It takes me back to the early days of Potter, every photographer wanted me to put on a witch hat and it drove me crazy.
The world-famous writer said she was “very bad” at having her picture taken.
She said: “I’m especially bad if someone gives me a play accessory or a hat to put on. I just look embarrassed and horrible.
Rowling’s latest book, The Christmas Pig, inspired by her son’s love for a toy pig he had as a child, is due out next week.
She hopes it “will lead to some interesting conversations between adults and children”, adding that it deals with “some pretty important topics”.
During the interview, in which she also answered questions from members of the audience, she was asked which book she would have liked to write.
In choosing A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, she described it as “absolute writing perfection”.
“It’s such a pure genius idea,” she said.
“I think A Christmas Carol is the perfect Christmas story. I don’t think any of us will ever get past that.