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J.K. Rowling goes Beyond the Epilogue

J.K. Rowling has announced in a new interview with that the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was vague on purpose. She admitted her original epilogue was "a lot more detailed," but now that Book 7 is in our hands, J.K. no longer has to hold back any information about Harry Potter, and has now given us a lot of new details about the story and the characters.

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In the epologue JK said something about Teddy kissing someone? I think that that was kind of strange to randomly put that in. I mean, I guess she must have wanted to put SOMETHING in about Ted but I think she shoudl have put it somehting else. Like, why would Harry randomly announce that? Just stange she didn't put in what happened to Teddy. (If you can't tell, I really like the charater of Teddy.) So, if someone knows what happened to Ted, Please post!

Posted by Fawkes the Phoenix from UK on July 29, 2007 7:37 PM

What ever happend to the eaters? who did Malfoy marry? what happend to George? And why havent we heard anything about snapes family? And why does the series have to end?! And who is the new Minister of magic? ok im gonna stop now...

Posted by AlexisAnRon4ever from rochester ny on July 29, 2007 8:20 PM

I loved each and every book. I would have preferred she keep the original epilogue she mentioned, the one she had instead was really too vague for my taste. Instead of a sequel, I would prefer books delineating the lives of some of the other characters. A fantastic author named Andre Norton had a huge series loved by many, the Witch World series, that worked well, so why is there a problem with Jo bringing life to the various characters we all love so much and have mentioned above? My favorites would be Dumbledore, his youth, Fawlkes ind the infamous wand; McGonagall, (my favorite character) - whom I hope became headmistress, and her tenure as such; the history of Snape, James, Remus, Sirius, and Lily; and others mentioned in other posts. In terms of future writings on Hogwarts and the wizarding world from this insightful woman, I would be interested in her writing the textbooks mentioned throughout the series as well as her encyclopedia, and sme sort of running geneology of the characters - I always thought that Harry's use of Parceltongue would be more due to his own bloodline that him being a Horcrux. However it turned out otherwise. Nonetheless, I would read anything Jo writes, because I heartily admire her talent. I am fascinated by books and the worlds they take you. She is truly a master at her art!

Posted by Eileen from Kansas City, MO USA on July 29, 2007 11:49 PM

I would like to know more of Draco Malfoy, about what happens to Georges' shop, if Hermione lifted the Memory Lock from her parents, what ever happened to Charlie, he isn't mentioned much, if they did there 7th year at Hogwarts, there N.E.W.T. grades, why Harry didn't become teacher D.A.D.A, I always thought he would. And that's just a bit I want to know.

Posted by Yanick on July 30, 2007 03:25 AM

I don't believe the books were EVER written FOR children. Ms. Rowling has been quoted as saying IF people considered her work "for children", she'd be ok with that. Personally, I think the last book was a total disconnect from the others. There was too much going on that had nothing to do with the end. Who were the MAIN characters that got ed? None, (other than Dumbledore). Why? The ones who did, I felt had little significance in the overall scheme of things. The epilogue, I thought, demeaned the entire series. We all knew who would wind-up together. And why would anyone name a child Severus? Can't see Harry naming his child that...after all the meaness heaped on him by that man? And where was the much-awaited information about Lily and James? Other than Snape having "a thing" for Lily and she and Harry having the same color eyes...what? Nothing about James or how he came into all that money. How about Lily's sister Petunia? She asked to go to Hogwarts and got turned down, so she mistreated Harry as payback? A vicious temper that one! In the end, I believe, Ms. Rowling wrote something OTHER than her original ending. Was it fan pressure?...I suspect so, but feel the "real" ending would have been more believable.

Posted by D H from Somewhere south of NY on July 30, 2007 04:55 AM

Well, its really nice of Jo to answer those last questions. I can understand how emotionless and colourless it would seem to her if she went on to say something like-"harry married ginny, had 3 kids and lived happily ever after"... and i want the encyclopedia too. harry's world absolutely rocks. though i do feel very bad as she suddenly shot him up from being 17 to, what, 36? i mean, harry was sumone we couldd all identify with till now(except those who have already that age, i suppose)... and now thinking of him being our parents age's a little disconcerting. neverthless his kids are cool. he seems really good even in the role of a parent. Long live Harry Potter!

Posted by Maithri Hegde from Bangalore,India on July 30, 2007 05:25 AM

Found the epilogue terribly weak - no matter how JKR is trying to justify its final state. Too vague, too much unexplained... Characters who played major roles in the previous books are given only cameo appearences in the last book (if any!) and the epilogue doesn't tell us what happedned to them either... Unless there is an encyclopedia I think I'm quite disappointed at how the book series ended.
BTW before HP7 came out I guessed Ginny would in book 7 (after they seemed to finally get together at the end of book 6 and taking JKR's morbid fantasies in account) and Harry would get a shot at Cho Chang again. Obviously I was wrong - what happened to Cho anyways?

Posted by Tom (no, not Riddle!) from Germany on July 30, 2007 05:39 AM

How many people made the connection between Lupin's real name (Remus) and his code name on Potterwatch (Romulus)? Remus and Romulus were brothers who were raised by wolves who fought for control over Rome. I love that Jo doesn't just make up names for her characters, their names almost always have historical meaning!

Posted by Roy Dennis from Berwick, PA on July 30, 2007 07:54 AM

To Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines,
I came to the same conclusion about Dudley being the mysterious person who came to magic late in life. I have seen several of the post release interviews and specials, but I hadn't heard her say exactly who the person was. Do you recall the source of her comment? (I've got a bet riding on the outcome!)

Posted by et from the wild west on July 30, 2007 09:29 AM

Oh, I forgot something in my comment above! The Dursleys of course! Does anyone else wanna now what happened to Dudley, like if he and Harry made up at last and if Harry stopped by to see the Dursleys now and then? Wonder what profession Dudley take up...
I'm totally against a prequel though, marvellous books usually don't stay marvellous if there are 70,000 of them... It be exciting to see what JK write in the future, but I think she should leave the Potter books series as it is...

Posted by Anna from Sweden on July 30, 2007 10:26 AM

I liked the seventh book very much and i think it is the best one, but I think that J.k. should had been a bit more specific about what happened to the other characters like George, the Dursleys, what happened to Ginny other than marrying with Harry and I also think we should know more about Ron and Harry's kids. I also am in favour of the Harry Potter's encyclopedia

Posted by Rui from Portugal on July 30, 2007 11:43 AM

I really liked Lupin...

Posted by Johanna from Sweden on July 30, 2007 12:18 PM

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