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- We won't need prequels by the time she's
done with the series.
- Winky will "never be entirely cured
of her Butterbeer addiction."
- Voldemort does not have any children.
- Voldemort went after Harry because he "identified
more with the half-blood boy and therefore decided he must be
the greater risk."
- Harry is really progressing as a wizard,
so his powers are becoming greater.
- JKR doesn't think Harry will become Headmaster
of Hogwarts because an academic career just isn't right for him
("He's seen too much action").
- We will see Moaning Myrtle again.
- Of all her characters, JKR dislikes Uncle
Vernon the most.
- JK gave Hermione her ideal animagus. [Otter – read
- Dumbledore has heard and believes Snape's
story as to why he should be trusted.
- Draco is an only child.
- Remus is a half-blood.
- She came up with the word 'muggle' because
she wanted a word that "suggested both foolishness and loveability."
- JKR thinks twelve is the maximum number
of owls one can achieve.
- Before Hogwarts, wizard children can go
to muggle school or be educated at home. The Weasleys were taught
by Mrs. Weasley.
- JKR: "Sirius loathed Snape (and the
feeling was entirely mutual)."
- Bill is two years older than Charlie, who
is two years older than Percy.
- We will see Viktor Krum again.
- Ginny is "a fairly forceful personality
(and she always has been...)"
- If a muggle saw Hogwarts, they would just
see an old ruin with a sign
"keep out, dangerous building."
- Special messengers are sent to muggle parents
to explain about Hogwarts when their child turns 11.
- We will find out what Dudley experienced
when he saw the Dementor.
- The "crucial and central question" of
the series is why both Harry and Voldemort
survived the killing curse.
- Narcissa is not related to Lily (Evans)
Potter. Her name doesn't fit the naming pattern for the Black
family (constellations); JKR just thought the name fit her. We
will see more of Narcissa in future books [6 and/or 7]
- Percy is acting entirely of his own accord.
- When Wormtail sacrificed his arm to revive
Voldemort, his debt to Harry did not carry over to Voldemort.
- Book 5 was a "turning point" for
Neville; he is getting more confidant.
- The shape is not the most significant thing
about Harry's scar.
- Trelawney's middle name is Patricia.
- Harry got the Marauders' Map back in Book
4 by "nipping into Moody's empty office" and pinching
it when he wasn't there.
- Can we believe everything the sorting
hat says? JKR: "The sorting hat is certainly sincere."
- Tonks will be back.
- Hagrid "can do magic to a fairly basic
standard and occasionally surprises everyone himself included)
by bringing off more impressive bits of magic."
- Voldemort was not born evil. We will "find
out more about the circumstances of his [Voldemort's] birth in
the next book."
- The Muggle and Magical worlds will never
be rejoined; muggles will be noticing more magical goings on
now that Voldemort's back.
- JKR "always planned that Hermione
would have a younger sister but she's never made an appearance
and somehow it feels like it might be too late now."
- Is Harry related to Godric Gryffindor? JKR: "People
are always wondering who Harry might be related to. Maybe he
- JKR doesn't think she will ever publish
- Are you going to write books about
Harry after school? JKR:
"Probably not, but I'll never say never because every time
I do I immediately break the vow!"
- JKR: "In book six, the wizarding world
is really at war again and [Harry] has to master his own feelings
to make himself useful."
- House-elves have "powers wizards haven't
got (but wizards have also got powers that house-elves haven't)."
- Wormtail used Voldemort's wand to kill
- JKR won't tell us if Harry will see Sirius
- Will the two way mirror Sirius gave
Harry ever show up again? JKR: "Ooooo, good question.
There's your answer."
- Harry's grandparents are dead and "not
particularly important to the story..."
- "Real sleuths" might be able
to guess what happened to Sirius' motorbike.
- Remus's middle name is John.
- All the marauders were in Gryffindor.
- Ginny's middle name is Molly, Hermione's
is Jane, and Ron's is Bilus!
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||New 'Potter' movie sneaks in spoilers for upcoming
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|Movie of Harry
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||Edinburgh Book Festival
- A lot of questions are answered in the sixth
book, it is a time for answers not more questions and clues. Although
there are some clues that JK has not quite finished with yet.
- All the paintings at Hogwarts are of dead
people, and paintings are not as fully realised as ghosts. The
old headmasters and headmistresses leave behind a faint imprint
if themselves – their aura, almost. They almost just repeat
catchphrases. If Harry could meet his parents as paintings it would
not be much use to him, it would be more use to meet them as ghosts,
but as Nearly Headless Nick says not everyone comes back as ghosts.
- Ghosts were people who were very afraid of
- Aunt Petunia is not a squib, she is a Muggle.
But there is more to her than meets the eye, and we will find out
what that is. She is not a squib, but that is a good guess – JK
says "I am being shockingly indiscreet".
- Gilderoy Lockhart is based on real person
whom JK had to endure for two years, but the living model was worse!
He was a shocking liar.
- Dumbledore's patronus is a phoenix, which
is very representative of Dumbledore.
- Aberforth Dumbledore is the barman in the
Hog's Head. JK was "quite proud" of the goat clue and
sniggered to herself about that one!
- "The whole plot is contained in Harry
Potter; his past, present and future – that is the story."
- Hermione does not have any brothers or sisters.
She was originally going to have a little sister who would not
have gone to Hogwarts, but this sideline did not work very well
and would not have had a big place in the story. Hermione's family
has been deliberately kept in the background and, by contrast to
Ron's family, quite ordinary. Her parents are quite bemused by
their "odd daughter", but proud of her all the same.
- Harry does not have godmother. His christening
was a quiet affair with just his parents and their best friend,
Sirius. It was at the height of Voldemort fever last time and it
looked like the Potters would have to go into hiding, so they could
not invite lots of people.
- At the moment, JK would not want to be any
of the characters because life is going to be pretty tough for
them. Although, she says being someone like Peeves would be a laugh – "causing
mayhem and not bothering".
- Rita Skeeter was originally called Bridget,
and was in an early draft of Book 1 in the leaky cauldron when
Harry first discovers he's famous. But she kept him too long, so
she had to be taken out. Rita is morally horrible, but tough. She
is determined to do the job. There is more to come on her.
- There are two questions that JK has never
been asked, but should have been asked, the first one is "Why
didn't Voldemort die?" Not
"why did Harry live?" The killing curse rebounded, so
why didn't Voldemort die? At the end of Book 4, he says one or
more of the steps he took enabled him to survive. We should be
wondering what those steps were that he took to make sure he couldn't
- The second question is "At the end
of Book 5, in the ministry scene, why did Dumbledore not kill or
try to kill Voldemort?" The reason Dumbledore gives to Voldemort
is not the real reason. Dumbledore knows something else.
- Grawp is the stupidest thing Hagrid has ever
bought home, but it may be the one time that a monstrous thing
comes good. He is a little more controllable by Book 6.
- We may find out how Dumbledore got his scar
of the London Underground.
- The "whole storyline" that was
removed from Book 2 gave away too much too early, and became a
major part, but not the only part, of Book 6. But Book 6 is not
a spin off of Book 2.
- Harry did not see his parents die. He was
on at the time, and in his cot/crib. He was too young to appreciate
- Harry also did not see Quirrel die – he
did not know until he woke up in the hospital wing that Quirrel
had died when Voldemort left his body.
- Harry could not see the Thestrals at the
end of Book 4 because the death of Cedric had not fully sunk in – he
had not fully appreciated that Cedric was gone and he would never
see him again – that has to happen for someone to see the
- Snape is not Muggle born – because
Muggle borns are not allowed to be Death Eaters except "in
very special circumstances."
- Snape can see the Thestrels, but in JK's
imagination most of the older people at Hogwarts can see them.
- JK is amused that more young girls fall in
love with Tom as Draco than with Dan as Harry. "Girls, stop
going for the bad guy."
- JK jokingly tells us that she finds it depressing
that we love Snape and her bad boys.
- There is no more to Dudley than meets the
eye, and there are very few lines from him in Book 6. We only see
the Dursleys quite briefly in the next book – although we
see more of them in the final book.
- By the time we have finished the series,
we will not need a prequel to find out about Harry's Mum and Dad.
- Voldemort/Tom Riddle never cared for anyone,
he couldn't possibly be what he is if he had.
- [unsubstantiated fan report, Edinburgh Book
Festival 2004] JKR told me that Pettigrew took Voldemort's wand
the day The Potters were killed and hid it.
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- Rowling drew a rough map of Hogwarts and
Hogsmeade for Stuart Craig and the film crew [screenshot 172k]
- Cuaron "put things in the [PoA] film
that, without knowing it, foreshadow things that are going to happen
in the final two books."
- Harry is more vulnerable to dementors because "he's
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