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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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Reader Comments: (Page 27)

And Bellatrix didn't used her wand either as hermione was fighting with hers. Whose wand was bellatrix using then? this wand business has really been strange, I was rereading HBP and saw that when Dumbledore comes to take harry there is a counted mention of uses of wand by him. Could it have been a hint to attract the attention towards the DDs wand, 'the elder wand' we now know. (incidentally it struck odd to me at first reading as well but i didn't pay much attention)

Posted by swati from India on November 12, 2007 9:07 PM

This was good info but also a shock to me on the bit about Arthur Weasley. I was very upset at hearing Rowling thought of ing Arthur off in the first place and I am sad that she ed off my two favorite people Tonks and Lupin especially that she ed off Tonks.

Posted by Alisa from Colorado on November 14, 2007 5:59 PM

The best part in the last book I thought was that scene in the pensieve about Severus and Lily. That was so sad! Such a great story.

Posted by aimee from australia on November 17, 2007 05:30 AM

I'd like to know more about the gap in the 19 years, like what happened directly after the end of the battle and the years after that. I want to know in-depth about how Harry and Ginny ended up married. I really hope more info is given out! I'd also like to know about Albus and James's first day back at Hogwarts, and about the teacher, and the headmaster/headmistress.

Posted by ash from pennylvania on November 18, 2007 5:03 PM

I don't have to wait for her to finish her Encyclopedia or wish for companion books that tell of the intricacies of my favorite characters past and future lives that probably never be written; I have access to a source that no one else has, so I know it all already.

Lee broadcasts one last Potterwatch later that morning to let the wider wizarding world know that Voldemort has been vanquished for good, although he does it with quite a lump in his throat. He later goes on to be a prominent wireless personality on the WWN, marries Angelina and has two children.

George locks himself for a while in the guest room at Shell Cottage because it is the only place he can go that doesn't hold any constant reminder of Fred. He lets Verity and the other employees run the shop for a little while, until he finally realizes that Fred would not have wanted him to brood. He then promptly gets to work on some of the inventions that he and Fred had been planning, successfully keeping him alive in some way. He marries the Muggle girl from the paper shop and has 4 children, which include a set of twin girls named Joy and Felicity; the youngest is a boy (who doesn't yet have a name).

Dennis Creevy deals with his grief surprisingly well, and goes on to be an Auror under Kingsley and later Harry (and, thankfully, not as underfoot as he was at school) drawing strength to fight for what he believes in from his aspiration to be like his brother.

You won't find these tidbits anywhere in any interview or official source for that matter, and they might even deflect from "cannon" in areas where events weren't stated in the book. My source is my own imagination. You should try it sometime, it's really fun!

Posted by monkeeshrines from orlando fl on November 21, 2007 3:55 PM

Excellent post, Monkeyshrines. I understand that although Harry talked about his experience with the Resurrection Stone and the meeting with Dumbledore in "Kings' Cross" to very few people apart from Ginny, Ron and Hermione, George was one of the few. Bill got Harry to come down to Shell Cottage because he was really worried about George's depression and he'd picked up on some of Harry's experiences from Ron. Harry had a bit of a chat to George and helped him to see that the worst thing about Fred's was their own loss and sorrow, that Fred was no doubt perfectly happy and would be waiting for George when his time came and would have a fair bit to say if George didn't get on with making Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes an international success. And you're right about using your imagination to fill in any perceived gaps.

With all the danger passed Harry started going out with Ginny again almost immediately and their relationship progressed quite normally. The only problem was Mrs Weasley who was embarrassingly pleased about the situation and was planning the wedding from Day One. The worst bit was when she fixed up with Auntie Muriel to borrow the tiara again. Muriel was so chuffed that she told all her friends as well as Rita Skeeter and gave the tiara to Ginny in front of Harry and told her it was for when she could "get the boy to make an honest woman of you." This, along with Rita's article, annoyed Ginny so much that Harry had a hard job convincing her to marry him rather than just living in sin!
What saved him was the distraction when Ron got officially engaged to Hermione. Muriel's comments about "skinny ankles" and "bad posture" took the pressure off Ginny long enough for Harry to catch her off her broomstick and get an engagement ring on her finger.

Elizabeth - who ought to be working on her own stuff, not speculating on the aftermath of Rowling's books!

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on November 22, 2007 05:55 AM

Elizabeth and monkeeshrines:

Excellent imaginations! Kudos to all. I still like to think you can find Fred in the halls of Hogwarts with Peeves causing mayhem and chaos to all who dare cross them!

Posted by Betty from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia on November 23, 2007 2:27 PM

Maybe I am not entirley informed, or there's still one (to me) very interesting information which hasn't been publiziesed, yet: namely if Teddy Lupin is/ be a werewolf or not!

I am soo glad that Harry ended up married to Ginny, they seem to be so good together. So all in all it's a very good end of the Harry Potter books.

I am really going to miss looking forward to a new book and being exited about what would be going to happen next and stuff; but I never stop reading them. I've read them in a few different languages: namely in German, English, French and I am reading them in Spanish now!

Posted by Sarah from Hamburg, Germany on November 30, 2007 3:11 PM

Sarah, when Remus arrives at Shell Cottage to announce Teddy's birth he refers to the baby's hair changing colour and says that Andromeda had commented on Tonks's hair doing that within an hour or so of birth. I interpreted that to mean that Teddy was a Metamorphmagus rather than a werewolf, but I might be indulging in a bit of wishful thinking there. Obviously a Metamorphmagus could become a werewolf if bitten but Remus's joy and relief was so strong that I took it to mean the baby was not a werewolf.

How fabulous to be reading the books in all those different languages too!

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on December 1, 2007 05:08 AM

When Harry wakes up in the four poster bed he finds Ginny curled up asleep next to him.

Kreacher and Winky get together and choose to stay with Harry and Ginny. Their children are free elves and one is called Dobby.

Posted by Joe from England on December 4, 2007 04:37 AM

I cried and cried when I read number seven the second time. It was all over and it left me feeling really depressed. But who else thought Neville rocked in this story. I mean, come on, the guy was awesome! I always knew he would step into the limelight after Harry was out of the picture! Although I was very sad Harry didn't go back to Hogwarts.

P.S. Who qualifies as the main characters that d because there were like 10! Who else almost cried when Dobby d and when Harry saw his parents again?

Posted by Camille from Manchester, MI on December 5, 2007 10:33 AM

I found it kind of annoying that she focused so much on what everyone named their kids. And if it is such a big deal, WHY did she not have Harry name one of his kids Sirius? That made me so mad! Am I the only one that thinks that?

Posted by Haley from Iowa on December 5, 2007 7:30 PM

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