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Exclusive: J.K. Rowling on final 'Potter'
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If you found the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows rather vague, then J.K. Rowling achieved her goal.
The author was shooting for nebulous, something poetic. She wanted the readers to feel as if they were looking at Platform 9¾ through the mist, unable to make out exactly who was there and who was not.
I do, of course, have that information for you, should
you require it, she told TODAYs Meredith Vieira rather
coyly in her first interview since fans got their hands on the
But it didnt work very well as a piece of writing, Rowling said. It felt very much that I had crowbarred in every bit of information I could In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything.
But now that the seventh and final novel is in the hands of her adoring public, Rowling no longer has to hold back any information about Harry Potter from her fans. And when 14 fans crowded around her in Edinburgh Castle in Scotland earlier this week as part of TODAYs interview, Rowling was more than willing to share her thoughts about what Harry and his friends are up to now.
Harry, Ron and Hermione
As for his occupation, Harry, along with Ron, is working at the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic. After all these years, Harry is now the department head.
Harry and Ron utterly revolutionized the Auror Department, Rowling said. They are now the experts. It doesnt matter how old they are or what else theyve done.
Meanwhile, Hermione, Rons wife, is pretty high up in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, despite laughing at the idea of becoming a lawyer in Deathly Hallows.
I would imagine that her brainpower and her knowledge of how the Dark Arts operate would really give her a sound grounding, Rowling said.
Harry, Ron and Hermione dont join the same Ministry of Magic they had been at odds with for years; they revolutionize it and the ministry evolves into a really good place to be.
They made a new world, Rowling said.
The wizarding naturalist
I think that Luna is now traveling the world looking for various mad creatures, Rowling said. Shes a naturalist, whatever the wizarding equivalent of that is.
Luna comes to see the truth about her father, eventually acknowledging there are some creatures that dont exist.
But I do think that shes so open-minded and just an incredible person that she probably would be uncovering things that no ones ever seen before, Rowling said.
Luna and Neville Longbottom?
When she was first asked about the possibility of Luna hooking up with Neville Longbottom several years ago, Rowlings response was Definitely not. But as time passed and she watched her characters mature, Rowling started to feel a bit of a pull between the unlikely pair.
Ultimately, Rowling left the question of their relationship open at the end of the book because doing otherwise felt too neat.
Mr. and Mrs. Longbottom: The damage is done.
There is no chance, however, that Nevilles parents, who were tortured into madness by Bellatrix Lestrange, ever left St. Mungos Hospital for Magical Maladies.
I know people really wanted some hope for that, and
I can quite see why because, in a way, what happens to Nevilles
parents is even worse than what happened to Harrys parents,
Rowling said. The damage that is done,
in some cases with very dark magic, is done permanently.
Rowling said Neville finds happiness in his grandmothers acceptance of him as a gifted wizard and as the new herbology professor at Hogwarts.
The fate of Hogwarts
While Rowling didnt clarify whether Harry, Ron and Hermione ever return to school to finish their seventh year, she did say she could see Harry popping up every now and again to give the odd talk on Defense Against the Dark Arts.
More details to come?
Im dealing with a level of obsession in some of my fans that will not rest until they know the middle names of Harrys great-great-grandparents, she said. Not that shes discouraging the Potter devotion!
I love it, she said. Im all for that. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19959323/