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J.K. Rowling talks about Harry Potter books 6 and 7
J.K. Rowling participated in a live chat with school children this morning to celebrate World Book Day. In the course of this chat she gave some very interesting information about the future of Harry Potter books, including the fact that she might go back and revise all the books once they're finished.
Here are the questions and answers from the chat in which J.K. gave information about the next books:
Cris: One answer we're all longing for: How's the writing of book 6 going and when will it be released?
JKR: I can't say when it will be released [load groan that JKR can hear from here] because that's down to my publishers. But it's going really well. I am loving writing it.
polly weasley: Will Harry fall for another girl in book six, or will he be too busy for romance?
JKR: He'll be busy, but what's life without a little romance?
Rita: What about Wormtail? Is there hope for redemption?
JKR: There's always hope, of course. You'll find out more about our rat-like friend in book six.
mnich: Is it true Harry will get a more permanent injury in the sixth book?
JKR: I've read this rumour on the net and I'm not sure where it came from. I don't really want to get into what happens to Harry in book six, but I certainly never said that he would have a 'more permanent injury'.
Fenny: Will Lord Voldemort get more 'screentime' in the upcoming books?
JKR: You will see him again, but like most evil dictators, he prefers his henchmen to do his dirty work.
mnich: Was Voldemort born evil?
JKR: I don't believe that anybody was born evil. You will find out more about the circumstances of his birth in the next book.
HG: Will we see Moaning Myrtle again?
JKR: Oh yes, I love Myrtle, I couldn't shut her out for long.
novell: I find moaning myrtle is the saddest character in your books, inspiring a mixture of revulsion and pity. Does she play any further part?
JKR: You do see her again. Don't you like her? I know she's a bit revolting, but that's why I'm so fond of her.
Wild Rose: Will we see more of Narcissa Malfoy now that Lucius is unavailale?
JKR: Yes, you will.
bertieana: Will we be seeing Krum again any time soon?
JKR: You will see Krum again, though not soon.
gazza: will harry become head master of hogwarts
JKR: I'm not sure I can see Harry in an academic career, he's seen so much action!
dsm: Are Harry's powers going to get even greater?
JKR: Yes, he's really progressing as a wizard now (which is lucky, because I know what's in store for him).
miggs: Is there going to be a new minister of magic in the next books?
JKR: Yes. Ha! Finally, a concrete bit of information, I hear you cry!
Tanya J Potter: If you could change anything about Harry Potter what would it be?
JKR: There are loads of things I would change. I don't think any writer is ever completely happy with what they've written. One of these days - once seven is finished - I'll revise all seven books.
Potter47: What is the sixth book going to be called? The seventh?
JKR: It will be called 'Harry Potter and...' something. Catchy, don't you think? And I think I'll follow the same model for seven.
You can read the entire chat transcript here.
Published March 4, 2004