SPOILER ALERT!! First, my apologies to those who read this before I posted the spoiler alert. I was so anxious to post it I forgot to add it – my bad. Second, if you have NOT read book 7, and you want it to be a surprise, READ NO FURTHER. You’ve been warned. **Rock
I missed the interview, but NBC Today was able to land the first interview with JK “Jo” Rowling after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (my review here). According to the interview summary posted here (Stop your Sobbing: More Potter to Come):
In her first tell-all interview since the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” J.K. Rowling told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira she “probably will” publish a Potter encyclopedia, promising many more details about her beloved characters and the fate of the wizarding world beyond the few clues provided in the seventh book’s epilogue.
“I suppose I have [started] because the raw material is all in my notes,” Rowling said.
The encyclopedia would include back stories of characters she has already written but had to cut for the sake of narrative arc (“I’ve said before that Dean Thomas had a much more interesting history than ever appeared in the books”), as well as details about the characters who survive “Deathly Hallows,” characters who continue to live on in Rowling’s mind in a clearly defined magical world.
Hogwarts, for example, has a new headmaster (“McGonagall was really getting on a bit”), and Rowling said she can see Harry going back to give the “odd talk” on Defense Against the Dark Arts. That class, by the way, is now led by a permanent professor, since Voldemort’s death broke the jinx that didn’t allow a teacher to remain in the position for more than a year.
This is excellent news! I would love to read up on what happens to many of the characters and explore the backstories of some of the others. In fact, this almost sounds like a “deleted scenes” or “director’s cut” of the series, like is done for movies when released on DVD. Very kewl.
The conclusion of the Rowling interview airs tomorrow morning on NBC Today.
**I don’t feel old. In fact I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap. – Bob Hope (on turning 100)