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The next Harry Potter: Back to the future or the past?

The Harry Potter books are done. Should J.K. Rowling write some new books that also involve the world of Harry Potter? Or, in the words of the Beatles, should she Let It Be?

And if she does write some new books about Harry's magical world, what should they be about? Would you like to read books about Albus Severus Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts? Or would you like to know more about the times of James, Sirius and Remus? How about going all the way back to the time of Dumbledore and Grindelwald? Or even further?

It's fun to read fan fiction ideas for these things, but would you like official books from J.K. about these stories? What would you like to see in the J.K. Rowlings's next "Harry Potter" book?

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I have two opinions here:

If I felt JK could do this with the same type of flair and s she started out with, I say, by all means, write something. I myself would like to see it starting out with Voldemort's uprising, then go into The Marauders jaunt at Hogwarts and the forming of the original Eaters...we know they were at Hogwarts when James and Co. were there (or at least some of them -- Snape and Lucias Malfoy [referenced in Snape’s memory of a conversation with Lilly in DH}), so it would be interesting to see how those relationships formed and so forth.

That being said, I think JK made enough glaring errors in the 7th book that I think she should leave well enough alone. She keeps making all of these addendum statements in this press conference or that, which I find to be insulting to her loyal population of fans...if you want us to believe it, put it in the book and don't go spouting off un-thought answers to every random ponce that asks for one! Seriously, my pet peeve is when JK adds some new revelation to the story that is 1) not textually supported and 2) has nothing to do with what transpired in the over all scheme of the books.

As I said above, if she can give us another thrilling, well planned story without gapping holes in the plot and ridiculous oversights that any half descent editor should have caught, I'd read it for sure.

Posted by Tim from Flagstaff, AZ on March 21, 2008 01:19 AM

I would love to read about both.

I want to go more in depth with Dumbledore and Grindelwald. I think it would be cool to have them shown through the Pensieve rather than have it take place in the time period, though. I'd also want to see the Maurauders at Hogwarts and on.

More than anything though, I'd want to go back to the creation of Hogwarts. I want to see Slytherin leaving Hogwarts and all that stuff. The creation of the Chamber of Secrets and everything else.

I think that JKR should write Hogwarts: A History. How cool would that be? I mean, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through The Ages is out, wouldn't it be awesome to have Hogwarts: A History too?

I also want to follow Albus Severus and co. through their years at Hogwarts and beyond.

Posted by Ashley Ross from Missouri on March 21, 2008 09:46 AM

Hey Tim from Flagstaff, you're not my nephew, are you? It does seem as though DH was a bit rushed. She rushed it in the writing and most of us flew through the reading. I'd love to hear what the errors you caught are.

I do not feel any further exploration of Harry's life and psyche are necessary. However, it would be interesting to hear Snape's entire perspective, starting with his adolescent years through his experiences as a Eater up until he plegded allegiance to Dumbledore (or, more accurately, to Lily's memory). I agree with Siena that we don't need more from James or Sirius, although a history of Regulus Black would be quite welcome. Perhaps she could combine the two - Snape and Regulus abandoning Voldemort. Maybe they were even in cahoots. Surely they knew one another.

Posted by hollyanna from new jersey on March 21, 2008 12:46 PM

well, isn't jk rowling writing a Harry Potter Encyclopedia? or she supposedly writing one. she once said, i remember, that "luck like this comes only once to people. it struck for me, but it now leave me and strike someone else." so, she probably won't write another one about anything to do with harry potter or the characters.

Posted by hannah from montana on March 21, 2008 2:24 PM

i definently think j.k. should write another book! i think it would be awesome to read about wat happens to harry's kids at hogwarts, or about james, sirius, lupin, and peter at school. but i really dont care wat the book would be about. i would just luv to read anthr one! H.P. BOOKS ROCK NO MATTER WHAT THEY'RE ABOUT!

Posted by kaela noble from hogwarts on March 21, 2008 3:25 PM

i think the most interesting topics would be...
-harry's kids at hogwarts
-more about dumbledore's past
-james, sirius, lupin, and peter at hogwarts
-more info about snape in his position with dumbledore
-maybe a former eather coming out to take voldemort's place and harry's kids' generation have to fight him (well it would be cool, wouldnt it?)
-more info about regalus black
-history of hogwarts
id just luv to read anothr h.p. book!

Posted by kaela noble from hogwarts on March 21, 2008 3:33 PM

If she did end up writing more books, I'd like to see an encyclopedia or two about everything Harry Potter from the history to the lives of his kids. It would also be cool if she wrote a book listing and explaining the effects of all the spells, charms, hexes, and jinxes that exist in the magical world as well as the potions and their ingrents. I think it would be a good book if she wrote about the histories and family trees of the main characters, or an overview of the life of Snape, or Filch, or Voldemort, or Flitwick, or Professor McGonagal or all the character that you don't hear very much about.

Posted by elphie from oz on March 21, 2008 6:56 PM

I have always said I like to see the school years of James,Sirius, Remus and Lily,and take it up to where Harry was placed on the Dursleys doorstep.

Posted by Pamela Sue from ARK on March 21, 2008 9:15 PM

What would be really cool would be a story told from the point of view of neville, because his life was pretty tragic too and maybe more so because he was such an outcast at school

Posted by # 1 Snape fan! from Pennsylvania on March 21, 2008 9:32 PM

I think that becaused seven is such a magically important number within the series, she should leave it at seven books. It feels complete, whole. Another book, even if it was based around another character, would just feel wrong to me. An encyclopedia of Harry's world, or even more school text books would be great, though. I'd be really interested to read 'Hogwarts, a History', or the Half Blood Prince's copy of 'Advanced Potion-making' (or whatever the textbook was called;) )

Posted by Fawkes on March 22, 2008 02:30 AM

Hollyanna i don't get what you wrote that we get enough of James and the marauder. If we get enough of them, i wouldn't be dreaming of getting my hands on that book.
i wouldn't mind if JK wrote a book about the 19 years after harry defeated Voldemort.

Posted by Mrs. Prongs from Virginia, USA on March 22, 2008 11:29 AM

Definitely Albus Dumbledore. I would love to read about Albus Dumbledore's youngster years, his relationships with potters, his family, and of course with Grindelwald.

Posted by İzzet from İstanbul, Turkey on March 22, 2008 2:42 PM

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