You’d think that someone who totally rocks young adult literature would be fearless — but, it turns out that’s not entirely true. Thanks to a mini Twitter Q&A, author J.K. Rowling revealed her biggest fear from back in the ’90s, well before the Harry Potter franchise really made it big. And as it turns out, it’s a fear that many of us have.
She tweeted that she was terrified of public speaking, and if she could go back in time, she’d work on that skill instead of just constantly worrying about how to pay rent.
Well, if that’s not relatable, we don’t know what is. Luckily, as she’s constantly in the public eye, she managed to conquer her fear a little bit.
This isn’t the first time she’s talked about her past phobia. Back in 2016, a fan asked her what scared her, and she was incredibly open about it.
(We’re so happy it cured her.)
It makes sense. Rowling had the idea for her series back in 1990, while on a train heading to London King’s Cross. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published and released in 1997, and the first film was released in 2001.
Obviously, it was a huge hit. Suddenly Rowling was a household name, and people couldn’t wait for continued books and movies. She probably didn’t think that she’d be on talk shows after that.
Or be asked to give big speeches at Harvard.
We think that Rowling definitely needs to give herself a lot of credit. Sometimes, even the most famous people don’t expect to reach the levels they do, and conquering a fear like this is incredibly amazing.