JK Rowling felt “bleak” about Trump ahead of US visit

J. K. Rowling and Eddie Redmayne attend the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' World Premiere in New York. Picture: AFP PHOTO /ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

J. K. Rowling and Eddie Redmayne attend the 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' World Premiere in New York. Picture: AFP PHOTO /ANGELA WEISSANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

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JK Rowling said she was in a “bleak mood” travelling to America but refused to speak about Donald Trump as she promoted Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.

The Edinburgh-based author, who has been a vocal critic of the president-elect, said she wanted to “focus on some good things” at a press conference for the film in New York.

But she revealed the story of Fantastic Beasts was partly inspired by “the rise of populism” around the world.

She said: “If you have read the Potter books, you’ll know this period of history threatened to become very dystopian. You were looking at the rise of a very dark force.

“I conceived of this story a few years ago. It was partly informed by what I see as a rise of populism around the world.”

She added: “Last night I was in a kind of a bleak mood boarding the plane and I thought I need to work.

“I got out the second screen play and worked on that and it made me feel a whole lot better.”

‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ is scheduled for worldwide release on the 18th of November.

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