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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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I think we shall not be afraid of the END.
Harry is far away from us now, that's sad but that's life. Maybe this poor guy was fed up with the way JK told us EVERY little things of his life. Maybe Harry just want to be a normal person. You know, buying some bread in the morning and not being baited by fans, "Oh look! that is Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived!" "Oooh Harry come back!" "Harry we need you!"

I am very lonely since Harry left my life but i try to forget him. Thats hard, you know, but... its ok... i be ok...

I didn't like the last chapter by the way, i found it ridiculous. I would have prefered an epilogue about the time after the battle. I couldn't believe in the new characters (james, lilly and albus), that was too much, you know. We had the happy end before. I am not talking about Fred, Lupin or Tonks of course.

Well that was a great book, i loved it, and i don't want another one because "quand c'est fini, c'est fini!"

Posted by lucie from Paris on October 2, 2007 2:22 PM

The reason I didn't like the epilogue is that I did not like the 'ships that Rowling chose. I do not understand why she thought Ron and Hermione would be able to stand each other for more than six months. I just don't think the two are very compatible as spouses. I actually would have preferred an epilogue that was even more vague because then I could imagine my own pairings.

I do like that there was no portrait of Snape. In my imaginary world he is still alive and fulfilling another purpose. (Think Jean Valjean.)

The only question I really would like Rowling to answer is why on Earth Peter Pettigrew was sorted into Gryffindor. Everything else I can fill in for myself. (Well, I am also curious as to what happened to Florean Fortescue.) Oh, and also what was Voldemort referring to in GoF, when he said after only one more the way to Harry Potter would be clear? He told Wormtail that if he (Wormtail) did it correctly, no one at the Ministry need know that anyone had d. Who was he referring to? Was he originally planning to Moody, before realizing he needed Moody's hair for the Polyjuice potion?

Posted by Sariana from Orange County, CA on October 2, 2007 5:43 PM

I thought the last was Barty Crouch Sr.

Ron and Hermione were only angry at each other if they got jealous of each other, or if Ron just did something stupid.

But Harry did vouch for Snape getting a portrait in the Headmaster's Office. I always imagined Albus going in there and meeting his namesakes.

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 2, 2007 8:36 PM

I thought Ron and Hermione exhibited every possible characteristic of two people who were right for each other. The bickering, jealous spells, hysterics indicated, to me, two people who were such individuals that they would complement each other for a lifetime.

What I had a hard time with was jumping from HBP where Ron was trying to get his groove really fast to DH where he had no trouble putting his arms around Hermione to comfort her. I know they leaned on each other at Dumbledore's but that was an understandably sad occasion. I just felt it was not a very smooth transition.

Posted by Hannah from Los Angeles on October 2, 2007 10:12 PM

Speaking of going past the Epilogue, it's too bad the epilogue wasn't another book, a small one maybe. There's still so much, JKR could have told us and still leave a bundle of questions for us to explore. I would have liked a bit more substance at the end rather than just a nod to Harry's final desire in the book for his unused, all year, bed in Gryffindor Tower and the sandwich he hoped Kreacher would bring him. To me, that was a letdown to his incomparable victory over Voldemort. Also, for me, it didn't prepare me to think about 19 years later (which interestingly, hasn't happened yet!).

I love the books and the world JKR created. But, although the later books did seem to be better written and more mature, I had the feeling at various points while reading DH that certain ideas and phrasing were glossed over-that more care could have been taken. It made me wonder if JKR wasn't being pressured into meeting lines. Maybe, it's just me. I wouldn't have minded a 900 page book.

Posted by Hannah from Los Angeles on October 2, 2007 10:27 PM


I think Ron would have done a bit of stu in the book Fred and George gave him (the title escapes me right now). He seemed to be more tuned into Hermonie's feelings in DH. Seeing how much he messed up in GOF and HBP he had a lot to catch up on. I think he would have wanted to do it right this time so he took care to find out what it is a witch really wants!

On the one hand I loved the feeling I got that all was right with their worlds but I agree it was not detailed enough for me. the Dudley factor, Vernon and Petunia Luna, and who the heck married Draco. Also, I was disappointed that Harry did not seek Ginny at the end. I understand his need to see Ron and Hermonie and share with them the events that occured, after all they did follow him blindly but did believe in him, but I would have thought that after that he would have summoned for Ginny and have her meet him under the invisibility cloak where they could finally express what they had been so longing to do. He does deserve it after all.

Posted by Betty from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on October 4, 2007 6:03 PM

Yes, Betty, I agree with you that Ron probably did read that book. I'd forgotten about it. Amazing how much transition JKR can get with a simple prop and not more than a paragraph dealing with it.

Posted by Hannah from Los Angeles on October 9, 2007 07:19 AM

I'm thinking Harry probably did talk to Ginny after he went to the Headmaster's office, but Madam Pamfrey butted in (I mean, his injuries can't go unnoticed for long, can they? I wonder what exactly the AK curse did to him.).

Posted by C.J. from Utah on October 9, 2007 8:50 PM

In HBP with all the secruity majors at Hogwarts, how did Slughorn have all them parties and even have a vampire. None of the order of phoenix were even patroling the hallway out side Slughorn's parties.I know it was Malvoy but when Ron drunk the poison, why didn't someone point out all the people that were coming in for Slughorn's parties and that they could have poisoned the mead. In DH one question after voldemort's down fall what happened to the eaters and the giants, where did they go?

Posted by Pamela sue from Ar on October 15, 2007 8:49 PM

nice point Pamela sue, it says in the book that the Eaters where imprisoned though.

Posted by Anonymous on October 17, 2007 4:32 PM

One question that still bothers me is what happened to Barty Crouch Juniors body (well the shell of his body) is his actual heart still alive?

Posted by EessexBoy from Essex on October 22, 2007 04:46 AM

I'd like to see other books about new historical characters in Britain's Wizarding world. British history is rife with tumultous times--just as the battle with Grindelwald corresponds with WWII, I think it would be fascinating to read about the Wizarding World during the years of war between rival monarchs Stephen and Maude--a time known even then as "When Christ and his saints slept". I think it would correspond to about the same period as the falling out of the Hogwarts founders. Stephen was obviously Hufflepuff--a good guy, fair, hardworking, a loving parent, but a terrible king; Maude was clever, vindictive and felt entitled to the power regardless of the consequences to Britons. Was she Slytherin? I don't think the rival monarchs were wizards, but certainly some of their advisors might have been. In later eras, it is clear that Oliver Cromwell had Slytherin advisors, while Simon deMontfort must have been a muggle heir of Gryffindor. Which houses influenced the Stuarts? The Hanovers? Isabella the She-Wolf of France? King John of Infamous Memory? Which Ravenclaw spoke in Shakespeare's ear? It could be a whole new genre of historical fantasy.

Posted by dlc from Ithaca, New York on October 22, 2007 2:08 PM

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