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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"As i see it, the HP serie is not really for young ones..."
Marieke, that is the way it ended up. But if you think about it, in a series spanning seven years in which the characters all grow up, this was probably inevitable. Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets were childrens' books, although CoS was becoming darker. Once you reach the end of Prisoner of Azkaban though and on into Goblet of Fire, Harry et al are growing up and facing far more complex issues and battles. Naturally this affects the nature of the books and they are really Young Adult by the last four books. I agree that it does create problems with younger children starting with the first book and then reading the rest.
Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on July 31, 2007 7:55 PM
The that upset me the most was Dobby. It was so tragic, and too quick. All of a sudden Harry looks down and the elf is . It was really sad...
Posted by kaela noble from pittsburg, california on July 31, 2007 8:09 PM
I don't really like either of the endings that JK had for Ron. Although Ron wanted to be an Auror in the 4th book he's not brave enough or good enough at defense against the dark arts. And Barty Crouch Jr never even said that Ron would make a good auror. And although he has a good sense of humor he's not nearly on the same level as Fred and George so I don't think that working in the Joke Shop with George is a great ending for him.
I guess if I had to pick between the two I'd choose the joke shop but still...
I agree with Rashida that a little more history would be nice, especially regarding the founders of Hogwarts. A couple more interesting topics to learn about would be the history of the ly Hollows and Gellert Grindelwald's rise to power.
I definately thinkt that JK should write more about the world of Harry Potter. Either as a story or as a history/anthology.
Posted by Alex from Minnesota on July 31, 2007 8:29 PM
It feels so good to know more about what those characters lives after the end of the novel. That's the mark of a great writer when you care so much about each of those she created!
JKR told how at the very beginning, this little boy with green eyes popped up in her mind one day, and I think that after some time of rest after writing this long saga (17 years of work...) Harry may just pop back in her mind with another story to write. She won't write about Harry or anyone else in this world unless she has a new compelling story.
Ron would be a great Auror - I disagree with Alex from Minnesota. Not anyone would be able to speak Parseltongue well enough to open the Chamber of Secrets! But he would always be "the eternal second" if he was to work with Harry. Plus, he has a lighter and fun personality.
I don't see George drowning into depression after the of his twin (this is the guy able to joke about loosing his ear while still bleeding profusely!) but keep going and keep Fred's memory alive. Working with Ron and Lee Jordan would certainly be very helpful to him.
Posted by Cecil from Tacoma WA on July 31, 2007 11:27 PM
To Dvin from Glendale, CA.
I DID say that the fans would buy the next Harry Potter book that Ms. Rowling writes, even if it's vague or not. I suggest you finish reading my comments first before making a reply.
It's like conversation. Don't interrupt when the person is still talking.
What's unfortunate was that she may have thought otherwise. This whole vague-ending-to-make-book-7-"nebulous" is absurd because like I've argued, the first six books were very well written AND detailed. And "nebulous."
Ergo, putting more detail in the epilogue would still make the book "nebulous" and appealing even to high-brow critics.
Posted by Mike from Manila, Philippines on August 1, 2007 05:21 AM
I'd like a story set in the time of Harry's grandchildren or greatgrandchildren when his deeds and those of Ron and Hermione have become legend themselves...past into myth...I think there are lots of hints that could be picked up in this way....where did Harry drop the resurrection stone and what if someone went after it? What if someone went after Harry so that he didn't a natural thereby resurrecting the power of the elder wand...and what happened to Snape's potions book...was it destroyed by the fiend fire or was it enchantedly protected. I'd also like some Muggle children to be involved somehow! Perhaps even Dudley's descendents...There always be another dark wizard who needs to be defeated.
AS to whether JK's books are for kids...I heard someone saying that adults were dumbing down by reading HArry Potter... I would like to say that the moral and ethical issues raised in the last book are fantastic...complex and thought provoking...as usual the story works on different levels...as a fantastically exciting adventure story and on a much deeper level asking fundamental questions about the kind of society we want to live in, free , ethical concepts such as the idea of the greater good...after all Harry d for the greater good...I loved all the complex stuff about wand lore and the relationship between Harry and Voldemort's wands....had to read it at least twice to understand it and am still thinking about it all...I was initially disappointed not to have all the details of all the characters and all the loose ends tied up...but on consideration I don't think that is what this book is about...it deals with much more fundamental issues...and how fantastic that none of us guessed the significance of the ly hallows... and what an amazing person Harry is..if he can inspire the world to love more how great is that. Funnily enough, the epilogue is totally satisfactory on second and subsequent reading!
Posted by Joe from England on August 1, 2007 07:41 AM
What happened to the rest of the Eaters?
Posted by John Smith from Derby on August 1, 2007 07:52 AM
Many people are saying "I'd like a story...", "I'd like...", "I'd like..." and so on. Many other contributors (with whom I am in agreement) are saying, in effect, "Use your own imagination and build your own story". I (that's me) would like to see considered responses from the "I'd like...." people to the "Use your own imagination" people.
For what it's worth, my own tired world-weary (aged 52) imagination dreamed up a simple solution to the problem of the missing year 7 of Harry and friends. The "ly Hallows" year at Hogwarts, from what little we saw of it, seemed to be such an unmitigated shambles that there wouldn't really be a big problem in writing it off and starting again. Or, failing that, given that Harry had notched up a few minor achievements such as knocking off Voldemort, I don't think there'd be any real problem with he, Hermione, Ron and whoever else being allowed to do their year seven and get their N.E.W.T.s a year late. Surely?
Posted by Elder Lupus from Leicester, UK on August 1, 2007 12:17 PM
Joe from England, I agree! On my second read of the book, I found the epilogue much more satisfying than when I first read it!
John Smith, I love your name! It reminds me of Doctor Who, something else that I love! I too would like to know what became of the remaining Eaters, and why the Malfoys didn't seem to be captured or anything like that!
Posted by Rashida from Northants, England on August 1, 2007 12:34 PM
Dear Jo, thank you very much for this lovely book! It seems that you have collected and wrapped up carefully the different cliffhangers scattered throughout the books. Even Hagrid's umbrella finally reappears!
Will anyone ever come to look again for the stone in the forest? (or the other hallows?)
Posted by Mirjam Weinberger from Pardesya Israel on August 1, 2007 1:54 PM
I love the jobs that Jo gave the characters. Neville teaching herbology is perfect! I wonder if Hagrid is still gamekeeper and if Buckbeak and Fang are still living with him. I'm also curious about Cho, and Lavendar. I hope Colin Creevey's brother is OK without Colin. Do you think the Dursleys are happy? I wonder if Harry ever visits them again.
Posted by Hibah on August 1, 2007 4:15 PM
I am very pleased with this new information, admittedly I was terribly disappointed with the epilogue, but this practically fills in most of the blanks. I really hope JKR continues to write, perhaps another wonderful series.
Posted by Liz White from Canada, BC on August 1, 2007 4:37 PM
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