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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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If I could ask JKR one question, it would concern the missing hours between Voldemort's attack on James,Lily and baby Harry, and Hagrid delivering Harry to Privet Drive.

Regarding whether or not the series is for children, I think young readers take from the books what they are ready for. My son who is 7 has finished book 1. Although I realise DH is way beyond a 7 year old, when he asked to start reading about Harry Potter, I thought he would get half way through book 1 and move on to something else. I was so surprised at his quick progress. He has now started COS, and has run out of steam as I thought he would, but not before having a nosebleed and dripping blood onto it. Talk about life imitating art! His favorite parts of the books are the whimsical things that appeal to the child in all of us, a three headed vicious dog named Fluffy, Dumbledore's unfortunate earwax flavored sweet, a flying motorbike and Quidditch. I asked him if the ending scared him and he said "Not really." When he is older and reads the whole series, he see more of what we discuss here, but for now JKR's genius has produced a masterpiece which works on many,many levels.
When a book, or books, can be discussed to the degree we have discussed the septology, and still hold our interest on re-reading, then the most superficial interpretation is simple enough for a child (or a movie), but intelligent experienced readers always find something more interesting to keep them coming back.

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on August 1, 2007 5:07 PM

I LOVE the idea that J.K. is going to write an encyclopedia, i just wish that she wouldn't have to have Lupin and Tonks ed. i guess it works out though because Harry can be there for Teddy because he's been there before. i just hope that she can write a tad bit more... even if the book is over. i mean...wouldn't it be nice to see how everything turns out for everyone?

Posted by Sarah Brown from Burbank CA on August 1, 2007 7:22 PM

I would really like to know about Kreacher. That is because when Harry gave the fake horcrux, the amulet, to Kreacher, he basicly set him free. Remember that is the same way he saved Dobby from the Malfoys. I know that Kreacher now likes Harry which might explain why he ment to help. But he later refers to Harry as "master" which is odd. So is he free (should be) or not?

Posted by Kemal Can from Turkey on August 2, 2007 05:44 AM

well, i reckon there is just a bit too much time lost between voldys and harrys children. i reckon she should have added a WHOLE LOT more to the end of Voldemort. like what happened to his eaters and stuff.

Posted by BuffyGirl from south aust. on August 2, 2007 05:55 AM

Kemal Can,
I don't think the locket counts as clothing, which is why Harry is still Kreacher's master. The locket was a gift of great significance, since it cost Regulus his life. This is the cause of Kreacher's psychological turnaround. He is finally able to acknowledge the loss of his beloved master.
I don't think the Order can ever take the risk that Kreacher be set free, even now. There may be a Eater ing to take up the mantle of evil in place of Voldemort, and Kreacher still knows too many people and events that may get them all in hot water.
When the Carrows took over at Hogwarts, Defense Against the Dark Arts became just the Dark Arts. How many students liked what they were taught enough to follow up on their own, as Riddle did?

Posted by Patty from Quincy,Massachusetts on August 2, 2007 08:25 AM

Way back on the first page giannis wrote this "Luna and Neville together? like there is no other for Neville? I'd prefer someone else outside Hogwarts, maybe Gabrielle".

She's 11. Neville's 17. Seriously? 6 years. 6 long years. And I think Luna is good for Neville. They're both... er... out there.

Posted by Taylor from Canada on August 2, 2007 2:26 PM

Kemal Can- im not sure the locket counts as clothing...but i dont know, maybe he was just loyal. or it could count as clothing...

Regarding the continuation of the HP series- I dont think that she should continue this series for a couple of reasons:

1) Harry deserves a break...hes had enough to deal with for a 17 year old

2) I hope that after JK gets some well deserved rest herslef she can continue writing, maybe another series in the same genre

Posted by lee from new york. new york on August 2, 2007 8:59 PM

i think the chapter 34 was really touching. But the epilouge was too small. Regarding any new book in this series i would love it.
Regarding harry's career i hoped to see him as a seeker in quidditch leauge and play for his country. it would have been nice if he was away from ministry.

Posted by anil sasidharan from chennai on August 3, 2007 06:06 AM

Harry and Draco have an ongoing connection -- little Teddy. Draco's mom, Narcissa, is the sister of Teddy's Grandma who resembles their other sister, Bellatrix, so much. So Harry is Teddy's Godfather and Draco is Teddy's cousin (first cousin one step removed). That could account for the "nodding relationship" between Harry & Draco, particularly if the two sisters have reconciled.

Posted by BNICKEL from IL, USA on August 3, 2007 11:34 AM

What I most want to know about is whether the trio returned to Hogwarts to do their Newts year, and if not, how it came to be that the ministry was changed so that they became high-up officials. I mean, although they may have had nothing left to learn, couldn't they have at least been granted degrees of some sort or another, or, we be told they no longer needed them?

I also want to know how George is coping without his twin.

Posted by JK from California on August 3, 2007 10:09 PM

You know what would be great? Not a sequel or a prequel but something totally different but set in the same universe. An encyclopaedia would be good but how about writing A History of Magic? You know? The same book Harry et al have when they were in school. I could only imagine all the creatures and people in it, the stories, the goblin wars, how azkaban came to be, how the house-elves became supressed, etc., etc...and she could also write it as Bathilda Bagshot! Woo-hoo!

Posted by rook's wood from melbourne, australia on August 4, 2007 06:05 AM

I would like to know what happened to Narcissa, Lucius and Malfoy after the battle.

And whether Snape got a and a pretty grave... He deserved it...

Posted by Gabrielle from Netherlands on August 4, 2007 09:12 AM

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