I’ve nearly written essays on this. So let me explain you a thing as a writer.
The writer’s job is to bring their world to the readers. Whatever they write is cannon. That’s it. Of course they have every right to opinions about their characters and such, but if you didn’t write it, too fucking bad. That’s why we don’t get hasty before hitting the publish button.
Writers and their stories would be NOTHING without their readers. There’s a theory called chronotopic lamination which is essence is the collected and fluid chains of time and place that affect a text (or anything for that matter, but we’re applying this to literature for now). Basically, the work is affected by the time and place of writing, as well as the time and place of reading, and then again by the time and place of reading of other readers, and etc etc.. A story evolves because of the multitudes of people who experience it.
In other words, what happens outside of an author’s cannon is none of their damn business. So what does that have to do with regret? By saying you regret a piece of your work, you have invoked some divine right to what your work has *become* after is has been changed by its readership, and you are now invalidating the legitimate thoughts and feelings your readers had about that story and the way they helped shape it. To say you regret something is to completely revoke the foundation of the story. Now nothing stands. All because the author “said so.”
That might seem harsh. But frankly, who gives a fuck. Other authors seem to understand that a story is out of their hands after it leaves the page, but for some reason JK, alone among those authors, feels like she has to police how people feel about her work and what they do with it. It seems she speaks up every time something in the HP fandom doesn’t align with her agenda.
And as much as I love Harry Potter, my god, I just cannot get behind an author doing that.
*If the rumor turns out to be false, great, but she still has a habit of sticking her nose into her fandom and trying to steer it. This would just be a giant nail in that coffin for me
Thank god, someone put it more eloquently and in less caps than I would have been able to.