Thursday, July 26, 2007

News: J.K. Rowling Speaks on Harry's Life, Future Writing Projects

J.K. Rowling
In a new interview published in USA Today, J.K. Rowling gives her take on Harry's missing nineteen years between the end and the epologue of Deathly Hallows.

With the publication of Deathly Hallows, Rowling begins a new chapter in her writing life — a life, she says, that will not include filling in the 19-year gap between Harry's final battle with Voldemort and the epilogue, which revisits Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione as happy adults.

"I truly have no desire to do that," she says, "and I feel it would be an enormous anticlimax. After the arc of the Voldemort story, what could match up?"

That, she says, would require creating a new supervillain. And to revisit Harry's story would be "continuing it for the sake of continuing it. I don't feel that's(another battle of good vs. evil) what happened in Harry's life. I think Harry gained peace. He got what he always wanted, which was a happy family." (from

But that doesn't mean there can't be a few twists! And what happens after those nineteen years?

In the "No Spoilers" version of the article, Rowling was decidedly ambiguous on her future writing plans.

"I think that there will be some disappointment if I don't write another fantasy," she says. "But I must admit, I think I've done my fantasy. To go and create another fantasy universe would feel wrong, and I don't know if I'm capable of it."

She wants to take off "lots" of time to spend with her family. But good news, Potter fans — she's writing.

"I'm sort of writing two things at the moment," she says. "One is for children and the other is not for children. The weird thing is that this is exactly the way I started writing Harry. I was writing two things simultaneously for a year before Harry took over. So one will oust the other in due course, and I'll know that's my next thing."

But it may be a while before the world sees another book from her.

"What's quite uplifting is that in the middle of all this sadness I feel about Harry ending — and I do feel a lot of sadness about it — is the thought that financially I don't have to publish immediately," she says. "So I can take my time. And the idea of just wandering off to a cafe with a notebook and writing and seeing where that takes me for awhile is just bliss. Heaven. No pressure." (from

So, she is writing, but she doesn't know when it will be published. She's working on two projects, but may abandon either at any moment. She feels the pressure to create another fantasy universe, but doesn't think she has it in her. It's okay, Jo. We like the one you made just fine!

I hope you enjoy the epilogues, and feel free to submit more! (Your content will remain your own, and we will link to your website, contact info, or whatever you choose.)

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