A Harry Potter fan dared to challenge the author who created the wizarding world with a rather blunt statement.
On Tuesday night, the reader tagged J.K. Rowling in a tweet and insisted that the scoring system of Quidditch, the official sport played by the students of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series, makes "zero sense."
Rowling just succinctly settled that score with a brilliant response.
"It makes total sense," the author fired back.
It makes total sense. There's glamour in chasing an elusive lucky break, but teamwork and persistence can still win… https://t.co/lpQO8Lcr9E— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1539106066.0
Quidditch was first introduced to readers in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone — the first book in the series — as a popular sport played by both professionals and amateurs in which each player rides broomsticks to throw a ball, known as a quaffle, into the opposing team's goal posts.
The twist in the game involves a team member called a "Seeker" who is tasked with chasing after the elusive Golden Snitch. If the Golden Snitch is caught, the match is over and the team with the Seeker is awarded 150 points.
Harry was known as an adept Seeker for the Gryffindor team, and his father James had the reputation of being an excellent Chaser, one of three from each team whose objective is to throw a quaffle into the other team's goal hoops.
The game's scoring system had long been debated as one that doesn't make any sense, and Rowling finally had enough of the perceived ambiguity.
She schooled her challenger by explaining that the game is a metaphor for the human condition.
There's glamour in chasing an elusive lucky break, but teamwork and persistence can still win the day. Everyone's vulnerable to blows of fate and obstructive people, and success means rising above them. Quidditch is the human condition. You're welcome.
Unfortunately, Rowling's explanation wasn't enough to end the debate.
@jk_rowling I still dont like the scoring system. If a team is down by over 150 points they have 0 incentive to go… https://t.co/Nb6gbF9V0f— CoachZetsu (@CoachZetsu)1539106234.0
@jk_rowling 150 points gives too much importance to the snitch and seekers and makes the other players more or less… https://t.co/5FDVCJz8qD— Shaun Shaikh (@Shaun Shaikh)1539106337.0
@shaunshaikh @jk_rowling Not really, though. Even the best Seekers have games where they can’t find the damn thing.… https://t.co/oGBlO82Err— Mike Wyant Jr (@Mike Wyant Jr)1539106532.0
@jk_rowling Just because something is a good literary devise doesn’t make it a good system of rules— Steph (@Steph)1539107546.0
@yellowcrone @jk_rowling You seem to have missed the point, its not about the rules its an allegory for life itself— Jim Misenheimer III (@Jim Misenheimer III)1539110701.0
But there were still plenty of fans who got it.
@jk_rowling Quidditch is the greatest metaphor for life there is. Especially in the U.S. right now. I feel strangel… https://t.co/JwnsxDi9v9— Stella Kaufman (@Stella Kaufman)1539106342.0
@AmberLeighKoch @huffleline @CalangoAlado @cYennefer @tylorstarr @jk_rowling https://t.co/cppDxavKsL— SociallyAwkward20S (@SociallyAwkward20S)1539114542.0
Rowling came up with the idea for Quidditch after a bickering match between her and a former boyfriend, according to a May 18, 2013, article in Telegraph.
[Quidditch] was invented in a small hotel in Manchester after a row with my then boyfriend.
I had been pondering the things that hold a society together, cause it to congregate and signify its particular character and knew I needed a sport.
It infuriates men...which is quite satisfying given my state of mind when I invented it.