JK Rowling is in trouble . . . for gardening

Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling is known for many things. For starters, yes, the Harry Potter novels of course. But she also spends a ton of time working on charity projects and shutting down trolls on Twitter, just to name two of the two billion things she does throughout the day. Well, now she can add a new item to her list of accomplishments: Causing a wee bit of chaos on the streets of Scotland’s capital.

Edinburgh residents are a little mad at our fave author because she threw a giant rager for the Quidditch World Cup, and didn’t clean up her mess! Just kidding. Rowling is causing a stir because she’s having the hedges around her home trimmed, and the neighbors are not down.

This isn’t a rogue Whomping Willow situation. It’s just hedges. Said hedges are outside her home and had simply grown a bit out of hand so it was time to cut them back. However, since Rowling’s property is so big, and these hedges are so tall, she needed to enlist the help of temporary traffic lights to get the job down. Naturally, it’s the traffic backup that’s not going over so well with her neighbors.

One onlooker told The Daily Mail that the situation was “chaos,” adding that it’s all because, “the [traffic] lights are taking too long to change, especially on the side roads. There are long queues tailing back from the lights.” Sigh. All for hedges!

Personally, I think it would be awesome to be stuck in a traffic jam caused by J.K. Rowling, but that feeling is not shared by all, or even by many.  

This is also not the first time Rowling has caused trouble in Edinburgh. Back in 2012, her neighbors objected to her plans to build a two-story Hogwarts tree-house in her backyard. And to that we say WHAT? How can you oppose something like that? Think of all the amazing neighborhood block parties! Rowling won that case and built the tree-house, leaving her neighbors miffed.

So what do we call this current tale?  J.K. Rowling and the Deathly Shrubs? J.K. Rowling and the Half-Cut Shrubs? J.K. Rowling and the Plants of Secrets? Rowling has not yet commented on the ongoing situation, but we patiently await her well-crafted reply, in 140 characters or less. She’s very good at those.

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[Images via Twitter and Warner Bros.]

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