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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 thought HP7 was awesome and a great book to end the series. Of course I would buy any new novel that she would publish about the Harry Potter universum but I would not buy an encyclopedia. Her novels are real turnpagers and I would miss the aspect of feeling the rush of adrenaline while reading.

I personally could have done without the last chapter, it was too much of a fairytale ending. Harry, Ron and Hermione met by chance and I think it is their childrens right to find love outside of the circle of friends of their parents.

As my real name is Fred, It felt like a part of me d when my favorite character was ed. I really had to put the book away and my thoughts were with George!

Looking back I loved all books, 2 was better than 1, 3 better than 2 etc only 5 did not top 4.

There was only one thing I never liked in the books and that was Hermione's Society for the Protection of Elfish Welfare (SPEW).
I always expected that all those pages dedicated to the good of elfs would have more of an effect in the final episode.

Posted by Fred from Heaven on July 27, 2007 12:28 AM

Why look out for a new book? The story has ended and that's that. Use your own imagination what happens to the other characters or don't. You're asking Rowling to fantasize further, while we have all proved to do that pretty well on our own reading the comments on this site.

Posted by siekie on July 27, 2007 01:01 AM

i agree with Marjorie about a prequel. It really wouldn't help the fact that we know so much about the wizarding world. The one question that i did have for J.K. was: why did she have to off Dobby? I honestly admit that when i read the chapter where he was ed, i was stunned. When harry started to dig the grave for him and then the others joined in, i was crying. i was crying for more than an hour because of it. I found it odd because Dobby was with us less time than that of the trio and most of the other characters, but that is really the only question that i did have. But then again i do have one more that someone might be able to answer for me on here. It has to do with who owns the Elder wand. I know for a fact that it belonged to Grindelwald. Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald and took the wand. I realize that in half-blood prince, draco disarmed dumbledore thus winning the wand. after that i see nothing but confusion. Can someone please help? and for a final question if i may, it has to deal with the ly hallows. We know that dumbledore had the wand, and at one point he held the invisibility cloak. It makes me wonder when dumbledore figured out what Gaunts ring truly was.

If anyone can help me with these answers it would be greatly appreciated.

P.S. Do you think that it was appropriate for her to off more than 50 people in the book?

Posted by Chris Parker from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2007 01:24 AM

Maybe I'm the only one but I didn't really like the Epilogue -- not because of its vagueness but because it was so... final. I guess that if Jo had left us wondering about their future -- who married whom, who did what after the battle -- it would have been better. I mean, we could "create" our own version of the facts, at least till/if she decides to write a sequel.

Also... My inner Peter Pan did not like to see the kids we'd seen growing up as adults -- with children!

On the other hand, I'd have liked to see Harry raising Teddy Lupin as his own, in the way he'd hoped to go live with Sirius, and not only "coming for dinner 4 times a week", even if at the time of the epilogue Teddy is 19+.

I guess Percy might have stepped up to take Fred's place by George's side and they are now running the shop together.

Above all, it was a great series with a fitting end. Thanks, and congratulations, JKR, for all these magical years.

Posted by Tonia from London on July 27, 2007 01:29 AM

I loved the book. It was sad, but i found all the mysteries surrounding the Hallows and the Horcruxes wicked!
I think hermione might become the new Minister of Magic, she seems like that sort of person who would want to make the world a better place, ofcourse Harry could do it but like Dumbledore, Harry would probably never do it!
Why did she have to Fred, what is gonna happen to George and the other Weasley's. I also thought maybe Luna
and Dean would get together, but they dont i think, and she didnt say what job Ginny has if she has one.

Posted by Nusrath from London on July 27, 2007 01:34 AM

Well I for one DO want to see a Sequel, or even better, the 19 years! How did Ron and Hermione get together? What in the name of Merlin's left... did Ted do? Oh, and I also would have loved to see the aftermath. Lupin, Tonks, Fred. Malfoy too. How did that work? Who did he get with? Did Gorge run the shop?

Posted by Pika-power on July 27, 2007 02:28 AM

I agree that we don't need a prequel or sequel. I'm happy with the seven books. After all, seven is a powerful magical number...

And I'm glad she didn't 'infodump' in the epilogue, but left it vague. The encyclopedia would be great, though - I'd like to know more about the history of magic, and main characters' family trees, especially the Weasleys.

Jo could write more of the school textbooks, like she did with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through the Ages. Hogwarts a History would be really interesting, as would the Half Blood Prince's potions textbook.

Posted by Fawkes on July 27, 2007 03:53 AM

I'd like a book that explains in detail the adventures on Padfoot, Prongs, Moony and Wormtail.

And I'd like to know more about the whole Lily, James ans Snape love-triangle

Posted by Charlotte Ee from Malaysia on July 27, 2007 05:18 AM

I don't think J.K. Rowling write a prequel, but I do think it would be nice to read about it. But then, won't it get a bit... well, not so much fun anymore? The main story, Harry's story, is finished. Stories and/or books about other characters may give some satisfaction, but I don't think they'll be able to recall that same atmosphere, excitement, emotions etc...

I do think I have one more thing for the people who are interested in Hermione's parents. It was pretty logical, but I think they returned and Hermione lifted the spell. Of course, it was almost certain, but in my eyes it is confirmed by the sentence said by Ron: "Granddad Weasley would never forgive you if you married a pure-blood." This sentence in itself is a bit strange, but it says "Granddad WEASLEY". Which gives me the idea there is also a Granddad Granger.

And something else I noticed while reading the last chapter again: Percy is there too(Percy Weasley, 99% certainly), "discoursing loudly on broomsticks regulations". What does this mean? What's he doing there? It doesn't seem like he's bringing his child, although I could be wrong, of course...

Posted by Diantha from Noord-Holland, the Netherlands on July 27, 2007 05:41 AM

my favourite charachter was Severus Snape. He didnt get enough credit for all he did. i think that he deserved more! all he got was the MIDDLE name of harrys son... not even the first name!

Posted by CFSC on July 27, 2007 06:05 AM

Wait a minute! The Wizarding World is not safe! As we now know, the Elder wand, stick etc etc... has a new master--Harry. If, and only if, Harry s 'undefeated' (and this is as simple as losing an expelliarmus confrontation) that 'Mastry' is lost and the wand reverts to being dangerous. Dumbledore was unable to bring this off.

Why then is Harry 'in harm's way' with a job like an Auror?! Wouldn't it be much much safer for 'the plan' if he were to retire early on his Black-Potter assets and not risk 'losing' some wand confrontation?

What do the rest of you think about what happens if Harry 'loses' in training people? Neville disarmed Harry at a DA practice when Harry was not looking. Would that count in the future for the control of the Elder wand if Harry had someone disarm him while teaching them? Wouldn't Harry have to quickly disarm the student in return to maintain 'Mastry' of the wand? Won't he have to do that all his life now?

Posted by Charlie Tarbox from Gettysburg, Pa on July 27, 2007 06:51 AM

If Jo were to write an Encyclopedia, fine. But not about Harry Potter-alone, but the whole Wizarding World-what happens to the Dursleys, all the wizarding institutions, the main and minor character's biographies and most especially the names of the 50+ persons ed in the Battle of Hogwarts. ANyway, I really love to buy that on the first day of its release. Lots of questions hanging in my head would be answered at least. It would serve as a compendium to my whole Harry Potter books.

Didn't Jo wrote 'Fantastic Beasts and where to find them' and 'Quidditch through the ages'? There's one book in the story that Hermione mentions ever since in the series that I would really have to get my hands on-HOGWARTS, A HISTORY!

That would be very riveting. Imagine, reading about the school's history from its founding by the 4 famous wizards up to the famous Battle of Hogwarts (we know for sure that Harry defeated Lord Voldemort here) until the future history of the school would be very interesting.

By the way, thanks Jo for revealing something in that interview. Someone mentioned why the ministry still needs aurors? Well, they're like the elite FBI. It doesn't mean Voldy's gone, there wouldn't be any more criminals or dark wizards. As for Hermione in the magical law enforcement, that would be the equivalent of the Justice department. Cool!

Thanks Dave by the way for this new discussion.

Posted by Josh from Cebu, Philippines on July 27, 2007 06:51 AM

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