Multi-millionaire author Jk Rowling has an unusual method of enacting revenge on people who annoy her - she makes them her next Harry Potter villain.

Rowling, who is currently working on the sixth installment of the hit book series, has already based the character GILDEROY LOCKHART on one such unexpecting victim and promises to deal subsequent enemies a similar fate.

She says, "You have to be careful if you get friendly with me because you tend to turn up in my books and if you offend me, you often turn up as a nasty character. The only character who is deliberately based on a real person is Gilderoy Lockhart. I have to say the living model was worse. He was a shocker!

"The lies he told about adventures he'd had, things he'd done and impressive acts he had committed - he was a shocking man. I can say this quite freely because he will never in a million years dream that he is Gilderoy Lockhart. I am always frightened that he is going to turn up one day. I will look up at a signing and he will say, 'Hello, Jo.'"

22/08/2004 21:21