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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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China, it sounds like the sort of book I ache to read if not own; handwritten or not as you say. Let's face it; I just love books, period. This one does sound pretty special though. I do appreciate that she wrote it as a very special gift for people who had been close to her and supported her through the writing of the Harry Potter books, but surely later it could be put out in a facsimile edition or something? I suggest we ALL send pleading letters to JKR suggesting that she allow it to be released eventually with part of the proceeds to go to her favourite charity. Like she did with Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch Through the Ages. From what I saw on Amazon it reminded me a little of William Blake's illuminated books. I think if I owned a special book like that I would really want it to be available so other people could share it and love it.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on April 4, 2008 06:34 AM

Elizabeth, that's a really great thing to say. I too would definitely want to share a special Potter book like that with all the fans in the world.

Posted by Mia from Australia on April 4, 2008 3:14 PM

I really would love to have the harry potter books coontinue to the future ABOUT how lily,james and albus severus potter lives are. It could be a book like you could create enemies for the children when they attend hogwarts and the reason the other children are enemies are because the are jealous of harry's children and that they ... (get the idea) also the book could seperate each of harry's children into their own book creating some difficult times for them and it also tells how they overcome or deal with the difficulties. So basically as I have read the comments most readers agree it would be nice if JKR could write something new. BUT I MUST TELL YOU I LOVE THE HP BOOKS.THEY ARE FANTASTIC!

Posted by gracey from unitedstates on April 5, 2008 10:43 PM

I would like something on the four founders. The beginning of Hogwarts.

Posted by chris from united states on April 7, 2008 12:36 PM

How about this to pick up 19 years later? Dudley Dursley ends up with a child who is a witch/wizard (we know he has recessive genes for this). Of course Dudley is a little slow on the uptake, but Petunia is appalled by her freaky grandchild and treats him/her accordingly. Then the child gets his/her Hogwarts letter...Dudley's child meets his/her second cousins at Hogwarts. It could be like "the Parent Trap" where Dudley's child and Albus both have Lily's eyes, but hate each other, until they find out about their relationship and the estrangement, then conspire to reconcile their parents. I have to admit that I miss the Dursleys. I wonder where they hid out and if they ever learned to appreciate Harry. Maybe JKR could write a bunch of short stories about the characters and their interconnected lives covering periods of times before and after HRH's years at Hogwarts. BTW, it appears that Petunia actually knew how to get onto Platform 9 and 3/4--she was there with her parents to see Lily off in Snape's memory.

Posted by Diane from Ithaca, New York on April 7, 2008 1:57 PM

Elizabeth- Great idea! I send in a request for the Tales of Beedle the Bard to be published. I am sure she could raise a large amount of money for charity if she allowed it to be published for that purpose.

Posted by China from Texas on April 7, 2008 3:30 PM

JKR had a complete story in mind and she has told it. I agree with the person who said prequels and sequels rarely live up to the originals. I think that, with the exception of the encyclopedia, JKR should leave Harry's world alone and go on to other stories. With her abilities, I'm sure she could create other worlds as fascinating as Harry's. She's told his story; now she needs to tell someone else's.

Posted by Beatrice from Abilene, TX on April 7, 2008 10:02 PM

I think JK should have done the life of Albus Dumbledore and his life and how he became such a great wizard. Then after he defeated Grindelwald and became headmaster she should have brought in harry potter

Posted by Fleb on April 8, 2008 09:39 AM

I would be so happy just to have more Harry Potter, though I think she should not only go int James the first and Harry's son, but also into Dumbledores past, The tales of the Weasleys, and what happened in between the 19 years that JK skipped in the seventh book.

Posted by Sarah from Houston,Texas on April 8, 2008 4:31 PM

I think JK should leave the lives of Harry's friends, family, and fellows be.
However, i would still like to see more books from The Wizarding World.
Maybe JK could publish some of Harry's schoolbooks, like Magical beasts, and Quiditch through the ages (note that these were published for Comic relief, but were about 50 pages long. We want thicker books!)
Please JK, we want to understand Harry's world even better.

Posted by Max from Swindon, UK on April 9, 2008 04:44 AM

China, Elizabeth and all of you other Beedle freaks : check out the Amazon contest and the hope to get your hands, er, white gloves - on the book!
I think this contest is a brilliant idea, and as someone on a different website said it is truly amazing that people get so excited about a contest where the price is to get to read a book... only Potter fans are as amazing!
Good luck to you, it should be interesting to read all the submissions. I hope they'll at least publish the finalists..

Posted by Siena from Leeds, UK on April 9, 2008 06:55 AM

Diane from Ithaca, JKR said somewhere that the Dursleys survived and that Harry and Dudley remained on Christmas card terms. She also said that Harry would drop in to visit them from time to time with his children, but that the kids absolutely dreaded these visits. I guess while Harry and Dudley aren't exactly comfortable with each other, they view each other as "family". Sorry I can't point you in the direction of the interview or article where I read this. It might even have been mentioned in one of the articles here.

I think that JKR did toy with the notion of giving Dudley a child who turns out to be a witch or wizard but thought maybe that was too cruel. Quite right too. Most unfair on the poor child. Can you just IMAGINE Petunia and Vernon's reaction? They'd give Dudley hell over it.

Posted by Elizabeth from Australia on April 10, 2008 05:04 AM

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