Dr. Kenner written into undiscovered gem Harry Potter

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In a recent interview with the Bacon staff, J.K. Rowling, author of the popular historical novel Harry Potter, reveals the inspiration behind the female-lead Hermione Granger: our very own Dr. Joyce Kenner!

While it comes as no surprise to students of Whitney Young, many of the outside world was surprised to hear that Rowling and Kenner were the greatest of friends in their kindergarten class. “The only reason I attend Whitney Young is because I love Harry Potter, and everyone knows Joyce Kenner was J.K. Rowling’s best friend!” Arihana Figueroa (‘19), who asked to remain anonymous, confesses.

“We were constantly destroying the Lego towers of other kids, or skipping class for a smoke break. The students were concerned and complained to the principal. Joyce was always worried about being expelled! I didn’t understand it, because we were probably just going to be fired, but that phrase stuck with me the rest of my life,” Rowling says.

J.K Rowling pays homage to this pivotal moment in her life by having Hermione Granger, a character who mirrors Dr. Kenner in every way possible, say: “I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed – or worse, expelled.”

Thanks J.K.! Be sure to show Dr. Kenner gratitude for her impact on the historical fiction genre, as well as J.K. Rowling for including our very own in one of the best-selling novels of all time!

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