Madrid - If JK Rowling had a magic wand, she would make Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama president of the United States, the best-selling Harry Potter author said in an interview published by the Spanish daily El Pais on Friday. Rowling confessed she was "obsessed" with the US elections because of the negative influence US foreign policy has had in other countries, including Britain and Spain.
"I find it a pity that Clinton and Obama have to be rivals because both of them are extraordinary," Rowling said.
Asked whether Harry Potter was her hero, the author said her real- life hero was the late Robert Kennedy.
Rowling said she disliked being a public personality and preferred a writer's life in solitude.
"Everything we do in life is an attempt to deny death," she said on commenting on the theme of death in her novels.
"I feel very drawn to religion, but at the same time I feel a lot of uncertainty. I live in a state of spiritual flux. I believe in the permanence of the soul," Rowling said in her only interview with a Spanish newspaper to date.