When your children do cool things that you don't fully approve of but are secretly proud, what do you do? Tell others about it in a dismissive manner. J K Rowling did the same.
The author of the immensely popular Harry Potter books, who celebrated her 51st birthday on Sunday, took to Twitter to post a photo of an "unacceptable"-- but treasured, no doubt -- gift her 13-year-old son David gave her: a coffee mug featuring a grumpy owl saying "F&*K Off"!
Before you gasp, the foul-mouthed owl came with a "pun-ny" disclaimer: 'Irritable Owl Syndrome'.
"I think we can all agree that this is an unacceptable gift from a son to his mother on her birthday," Rowling admits in a tweet, though seemingly proud of her son for coming up with a creative personalised gift. The protagonist of J K Rowling's books, Harry Potter, has had a healthy disregard for the "rules", and we expect the writer's son, David, too has imbibed some of that.
I think we can all agree that this is an unacceptable gift from a son to his mother on her birthday. pic.twitter.com/yYUdiIDnKI— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 31, 2016
The Owl is an easily identifiable Harry Potter motif, and the gift no doubt would make a "cool" addition to Rowling's work desk, especially in a teenager's mind, but it's probably not the "kosher" thing you'd expect a son to give his mother.
Rowling's latest, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, hit the shelves on Sunday and fans have flocked the stores to purchase a copy of the book, which is the script of a play by the same name that premiered on Saturday, July 30, to rave reviews, a day before her birthday.