Has Rowling Abandoned Her Roots?

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Harry Potter authoress J.K. Rowling’s foray into adult fiction has left some in the village of Tutshill, England, wondering what the creator of Muggles and wizards was really thinking about them all along. The petty, snobbish, hypocritical characters carry out their story in a world that—barren of dragons and wand-wielders—looks a little too much like home for some residents of Rawling’s hometown. “The middle class is so funny,” Rowling recently said in an interview. “It’s the class I know best and it’s the class where you find the most pretension.” The magic she may be missing, however, is laughter.