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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 really would like to read a book about the life of Dumbledore and Voldemort in their own perspective.

We could read about the thoughts of Tom Riddle when he was young and not very evil. What kind of thoughts did make Tom desire to be immortal? Did Tom actually had muggle friends in the orphanage? Maybe Tom liked a muggle girl in Hogwarts and the muggle girl rejected him and that's why he hates muggles that much, except that his father was a muggle and left her mother.
And I would like to know more about Dumbledore during his years in Hogwarts. Did he have any girlfriend? How come he owned Fawkes? Was he good in Quidditch?

I know these are actually little details but besides Harry it's all about these two persons. I would like to know everything about them. There could have been informations about these two that would surprise us all. Maybe Voldemort had a good side in him and maybe Dumbledore did modify every ones mind to let them think that he was the best wizard like Gilderoy Lockhart did. No I'm just joking.

Posted by Georginia from Amsterdam on July 27, 2007 4:52 PM

Brilliant Hannah,
I didn't realize until now what Snape meant when asking Harry to look at him!

Posted by R A B from Link�ping on July 27, 2007 5:00 PM

Honestly, what more could we want than to actually read:
HOGWARTS: A HISTORY? Everything you might need to know is apparently in there... and about 1000 years of it! Encyclopedia..nice H.A.H.--that would be a tome of many evenings of enjoyable reading.

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on July 27, 2007 5:19 PM

ok, second idea: what about adventures in the potterverse, but dealing with other wizards in other countries? is there a hogwarts equivalent in the united states, or in japan, or in india? if so, how do those cultural flavors affect their oiwn wizarding communities? i mean, after all, the harry potter universe is VERY british....

Posted by frank from muggleville, USA on July 27, 2007 5:32 PM

Charlie, I think that JK was referring to Neville's parents when she mentioned Mr and Mrs Longbottom. If memory serves me right, she had been asked/or implied that many people has asked, what happened to them. Her comment is meant to underline that Neville's parents do not have a happy ending, they were casualties of the first war.

And I think, further to comments made here, that the encyclopaedia would conver the whole of the wizarding world.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 27, 2007 6:06 PM

I was totally depressed over Fred's , my twin is like another half of me and I doubt George would ever get over the loss of Fred, I know I wouldn't if my twin d. I think what made it even harder is that we never got to see George's reaction...he just knelt at Fred's head. We didn't see him 19 years later, so we don't know how he took it. For all we know he could have just faded away. I was really disappointed that JKR ed Fred off because it was like ing the laughter. I can't even re-read the other books anymore because Fred gets all the good lines and now they're too sad. Majorly depressing! Poor Gred and Forge!

I think that a prequel about a young Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald would be fascinating. I mean she can't really do anything about Lily and James because we already know most of that, and it's just Voldemort that they're fighting again. But we don't know that much about Grindelwald...

Posted by Eilan from London on July 27, 2007 6:33 PM

i really want to know what happens to draco and his family... and also what happens to all those dementors and the other eaters...

Posted by Maya from Michigan on July 27, 2007 7:17 PM

Well, I can't help but think that there was something missing between Ginny and Harry at the end. �There would be time to talk to her later, hours, and days and maybe years in which to talk� I understand that he knew she would be there for him after everything, but after his amazing snog at the Weasleys, you would think that a year of longing and brushing with , that Harry would turn to the comfort of love the one thing that is said to have protected him his whole life. Harry has barely spoken to her since he dumped her a year ago while she has risked her life for him. Why couldn�t Harry return any of her acts of love? No smile, no wink, no hug, no kiss, no comforting. There was no spark after dealing with the emotion you put all of us through in chapter 34. I'm sure many readers would have liked to see that spark one last time that they had seen all through book 6. In conclusion I would have liked to see Ginny kiss more than just her son, as loving as that was to see Harry have his life long dream of having a real family come true, seeing that childish romance one last time would have perfected the book for me. Thank you for the many years of effort to bring such a wonderful series of astonishing tales.

Posted by Andrew Martin from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada on July 27, 2007 8:14 PM

Marjorie.. sigh, you are right. The article put a 'header' without caps.. it appeared to be the end of the Neville-Luna section. But, when I went to check.. you are right, it refers to Neville's parents. At the moment we are left with 'it seemed too neat' to have them more than slightly drawn towards each other. Oh well...

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on July 27, 2007 8:56 PM

Yes, I agree with Charlie Tarbox. Hogwarts: A History would be a great book to read! The Harry Potter encyclopedia would also be neat.

Also I want to know more about the kids of Harry & Ginny plus Hermione & Ron's... what happens to them, which house does Albus Severus end, would Rose inherit Hermione's brains, would Scorpius be into the Dark Arts as Draco was, etc.

Plus, what happens to the Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes? Would George continue the business despite Fred's ? Or would it become the Weasleys' family business?

Posted by Ashley from Baguio City, Philippines on July 27, 2007 9:34 PM

I think that at the end harry should have seen dudley again because dudley had been so nice at the beginning

Posted by Tuggy from Sydney on July 27, 2007 9:53 PM

"We could read about the thoughts of Tom Riddle when he was young and not very evil. What kind of thoughts did make Tom desire to be immortal? Did Tom actually had muggle friends in the orphanage?"

Georginia, I rather doubt that Tom Riddle was ever not very evil, unless it was well before Dumbledore met him for the first time. All the things we learn about Riddle in that memory add up to one thing: he was a psychopath in the making, and I mean that quite literally. The taking of trophies, the cruelty and domination of the other children, the ing of another child's rabbit - hanging the poor creature, for heaven's sake! The belief that he alone is special, precious and important, allied with a total lack of real feeling for any other living being, yet the ability to charm, to act a part and get people to confide in him eg, Helena Ravenclaw and Ginny. All these things add up to a psychopath, and I mean that clinically. By the time Dumbledore met him, the pattern was set and immutable. He was what he was. Whether this is down to inherited instability from his mother's family, or a combination of a lot of things, I don't know. But whatever it was, by the time Tom was 10 his character was set on one path. That scene in the Pensieve when Dumbledore meets the young Tom gave me chills down my spine - it was like meeting the young Hannibal Lector. What I found really heartbreaking was that Harry could actually find it in him to feel a smidgen of pity for Riddle at that point.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on July 28, 2007 03:48 AM

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