Rowling put out the siren call to her Twitter followers on Monday morning, noting that she was upset about the current state of politics in the U.K, and looking for a bit of a distraction.
Incompetent clowns in power and the opposition turning into a solipsistic personality cult. I'm so ****ing depressed. Send otter pictures.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 25, 2017
"I'm so ****ing depressed," the author wrote. "Send otter pictures."
While we must point out that Rowling missed an opportunity to say, "Accio otter pictures," nevertheless, her fans more than delivered on her request, tweeting dozens of images of the cute aquatic mammals at the author. The delighted writer then retweeted many of the photos to her 12.7 million followers.
Otters are generally the best coping mechanism. pic.twitter.com/LRV7bnoEms— 🌸 cait 🌸 (@caitmarcinek) September 25, 2017
Here a cute otter to make you smile ❤️ pic.twitter.com/X2DYm9xlMQ— Laure Van der Donck (@laureVanderDonc) September 25, 2017
Your wish is my command pic.twitter.com/4mIA3AFC4L— Lessie (@YouAreMyBezoar) September 25, 2017
This is so pure and so good. pic.twitter.com/4pMCCweBFP— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) September 25, 2017
I mean, I know you've seen it a million times, but here you go pic.twitter.com/bkxFQRubGM— Robert Brock Coble (@RBroccoliCoble) September 25, 2017
Look at this boys little tubby belly, hope this cheers you up. pic.twitter.com/46kZRHgiVY— Ross (@typicallyross) September 25, 2017
Or this girl who just wants her nose booped pic.twitter.com/mgoyJbZ3Kk— Ross (@typicallyross) September 25, 2017
Rowling was overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response, tweeting an update later in the day.
Thank you, kind and lovely people, for your otter gorgeousness. xxxxx— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 25, 2017
"Thank you, kind and lovely people, for your otter gorgeousness," she wrote.
The writer's followers also found her request soothing, with many noting that Rowling's request (and subsequent retweets) clogged up their feeds -- in a good way.
My timeline now looks like this - otters everywhere 😁 pic.twitter.com/fyK9XIwbiZ— Alex Loxton (@allyloxton) September 25, 2017
The world may be a cruel and depressing place sometimes, but at least we have Rowling, otters, and the power of Google Image Search to help us get by.
[via: J.K. Rowling/Twitter]