Many a rock star has trashed a hotel room to celebrate a triumphant performance. It turns out rock stars of the children’s literature world do the same, they just tend to be a lot more polite about it.


Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling tweeted the below picture, confessing that when she was done writing the final portion of the final book in her beloved series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she could not stop herself from defacing one of the hotel’s sculptures in her triumph:

If you think her act of vandalism couldn’t be any more adorably proper, it seems that Rowling immediately informed the hotel of her crime. The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh, responded swiftly ... by renaming the room she was occupying in her honor, complete with the bed she slept on, the writing desk she worked at, and the bust that she so viciously defaced.


According to The Telegraph, the room has become quite the Mecca for Potter fans. The hotel charges £1,000 (around $1,400) a night to stay there, which seems like a much more exorbitant crime than a bit of graffiti.

AP Photo/Akira Suemori.

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