We've talked back and forth here for some time about Harry Potter. And people have claimed that she writes very Chestertonianly, but without direct proof. Now we have proof.
A few days ago, someone was defending Joanne Rowling on a message board I belong to. This person stated that if we could judge a person by the company she keeps, then judge Rowling by this: Her favorite poem is one of Belloc's. Her favorite painting is a Caravaggio--Supper at Emmaus. She quotes Dorothy Sayers, and, according to this source, was a member of the UK Chestertonian group.
This last little tidbit caught my immediate attention. So I emailed a US Chestertonian who emailed a UK Chestertonian, who was privy to rosters of members, and this person said that when he inherited the roster, Joanne Rowling's name WAS ON IT. Since then, they haven't been able to contact her for her renewal, but she may still consider herself a member, and in any case, she *was* on the roster, and therefore, she *is* a Chestertonian in my book.
So, there you have it. Now we will invite her to come to a ChesterCon in the future, and tell us all about her connections to Chesterton. You heard it here first, folks!
UPDATE: Roving Medievalist reminded me that he predicted a Rowling/Catholic connection a while ago.