Children around the globe breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when airport officials allowed author J.K. Rowling to board her plane back to London from new York. You see, she was carrying with her the manuscript for the latest Harry Potter book (number seven, I believe, tentatively titled Harry Potter and the Overhead Bin. The beloved children’s book author had participated in a book reading for charity on with other children’s book luminaries Stephen King and John Irving and was was told at the airport that the big box “bound up in elastic bands” could not go on board with her.
She refused to check it. An argument ensued during which time no wizards were summoned, no spells cast, and the official let her go, although there is speculation that some form of Jedi mind trick was used, if you’ll let me confuse my geek culture for a moment.