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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 the worst thing KJR could do is allow others to publish "sequels". Both Star Trek and Star Wars have done this with very poor results for the majority of the other author novels. A very few have really captured the characters and "feel" of the worlds they are writing about. I would be very sad to see Harry Potter's world lessened like this. Also, someone mentioned Andre Norton's Witch World series -- they were all written by her. When others came in and "co-authored" stories set in her universe, they just weren't as good. (All of this is my personal opinion of course. Tastes differ.) Just using characters' names & the same or similar places does not mean a book based on a beloved world is really going to meet and satisfy those characteristics that make the world what it is. Use your own imagination to fill out the stories -- you'll do a much better job than anyone else.

Posted by Beatrice from Abilene on July 30, 2007 8:18 PM

I love that Rowling says little James has probably stolen the marauders map from Harry's desk...that's priceless!

I love the fact that even though she says she's done writing these books she still thinks about every single character and it seems as though she'll go through everyday with a little chuckle as to what one of them might be doing that particular day...then again, so we!

Posted by sm from cincinnati, OH on July 30, 2007 10:32 PM

Thank you Dave for the comprehensive update on this thread. Time constraints meant I was not able to keep up with the revelations any other way!

I hope what has been said put the minds of many at rest, and stop them wondering why there was not an excess of details in the epilogue. Incidentally, I loved it, it said just enough, leaving us wanting the encyclopeadia at some point in the future but with some of our quetions answered.

People seem sharply dividend into those who love it and those who hate it. I'm on my second re-read and a friend is on to her third (she edits books for a living and can read really fast!) and we have so much to discuss.

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 31, 2007 02:05 AM

To Diantha,
You've just taken the words out of my mouth! Jo's truly created a world where we can sit back and enjoy ourselves, lose ourselves completely, blissfully forgetting the mundane reality of OUR world... but its really sad that its come to an end... I think the children are pretty good, but again, not as important as our main heroes... i think we can gain a bit about the 19 year gap by reading the book with a magnifying glass (some clues are bound to point that way)... Ron being a partner in Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes seems good, because i never thought he had that much aptitude for fighting the Dark Arts (though i liked the idea of keeping him and Harry together, at the same job)... its all a matter of viewpoints i suppose, practical-minded people might find this book emotional, sentimental etc... but i think its perfect, giving us glimpses and reminders of all those blissful hours that Jo's created for us all these years... Jo rocks! I really hope she writes more, even if not about magic, (but for kids)... because she really understands the present day teenager really well!

Posted by Maithri Hegde from Bangalore,India on July 31, 2007 04:25 AM

I would love to read the encyclopedia and find out more details about everyone! A prequel is out of the question for me, but a new serie about the children of Harry and the others would be a good one. And then this time written for children. As i see it, the HP serie is not really for young ones... I'm looking forward to see some more! Thanx JK!

Posted by Marieke from Ermelo, Holland on July 31, 2007 06:12 AM

What happened to Crookshanks?

Posted by Mafalda from DiagonAlley on July 31, 2007 07:35 AM

I think her change about Ron Weasley makes sense. Ron didn't strike me as Auror material. He has too much comedy in him. His working with George DOES make sense. They would definitely get along and make great partners.

Thanks, Dave for updating us.

Posted by Carrie Harrington from Flagstaff, AZ on July 31, 2007 08:47 AM

We last see Crookshanks at the Burrow when Hermione was packing (p. 93 & 105 US edition). I'm sure he stayed with the Weasleys while Hermione was gone. When the battle was over, Hermione surely reclaimed him and he lived with her (and Ron) happily for the rest of his life.

Posted by Beatrice from Abilene on July 31, 2007 10:40 AM

Carrie and Maithri, I agree about Ron.

I love him as a person but could not see him as out in the field auror material. His strengths lie in his loyalty (when he knows what's going on!) and his humour. I have no doubt that George have had a hard time coping with his brother's , and might have struggled with depression at some point but, at Weasleys Wizarding Wheezes, I am sure the business thrived as Ron blossomed and gained in confidence.

Oh, and I reckon Crookshanks lives with Ron and Hermione's family, adored by the kids and Ron trips over him a lot. I reckon he is still alive too, I pin my hopes on part Kneazle's having an extra-long life span!

Posted by Marjorie from New Zealand on July 31, 2007 12:30 PM

I'm all for a sequel, to be honest. It's hard to accept that there isn'nt going to be more Harry Potter. Those updates are really helpful, though. They answered most of the questions I had about DH.
Dave, great, great website. Thanks a lot.

Posted by Rowan Lacey from Dublin, Ireland on July 31, 2007 2:09 PM

I just want to thank JK for this wonderful series of 7 books. Contrary to many, I really appreciate book 7 and specially the epilogue. I think that Harry and his friends really deserve happiness and peace and this very last chapter is here to comfort the reader. Publishing sequels would be a big mistake since it destroy the coherency of HP's world without fail. Finally, my preferred character is Snape that is, as Harry said, the bravest man in HP's world.

Posted by Fabien from Tel-Aviv, Israel on July 31, 2007 3:32 PM

Yay, more information! I'm always up for that! I echo the opinions of others when I say that I'm glad Ron works in the joke shop. He never striked me as Auror material, even though he wanted the fake Moody to compliment him like he complimented Harry and Hermione in GoF. He just seems more at home to me working woth family, and ona humourous note.
I would love information on the four founders of Hogwarts as well, I don't think I want to read about Vol anymore! Wouldn't it be awesome to find out why they opened a school, why they chose the castle as a location, where the name Hogwarts originated from?! I'm so used to saying Hogwarts in everyday conversation that sometimes I forget it doesn't exist! Hog and warts, not very pleasant, but when you say Hogwarts, an image of a vast, magnificent castle pops into your head! It's funny how JK can make us all so mesmerised... I love it!

Posted by Rashida from Northants, England on July 31, 2007 6:02 PM

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