Author J.K. Rowling Open to Revisiting Harry Potter Series With New Novels
Published: October 3, 2010 - 8:15am
One of the most popular authors of our time, and creator of the Harry Potter mythology, recently revealed her possible intentions for a continuation to the book series.
It would be a very difficult task to find anyone around the world who hasn't heard of Harry Potter or it's creator J.K. Rowling. The massively popular seven book series has spurned eight major motion pictures, a plethora of merchandise and an amusement park. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow, the finale of the series, sold out of it's first print run almost immediately, and has since been adapted into a two-part film scheduled for release this year and next. Though author Rowling has previously protested creating a continuation of the Harry Potter story after Deathly Hallows, it appears there may be hope for Potter fans who simply can't get enough.
During a recent interview on Oprah's talk show, now in it's final season, Rowling discussed her initial motivation for creating the characters and story of Harry Potter; and why it may not have come to fruition if not for the passing of her mother:
Yeah, The odd thing is—this is life, isn't it—the books wouldn't be what they are if she hadn't died. I mean, her death is literally on every other page in the 'Harry Potter' books. At least half of Harry's journey is to deal with death, what it does to the living, what it means to die, what survives death. If she hadn't died, I don't think it is too strong to say there wouldn't be Harry Potter. The books are what they are because she died."
Though very few events in life are quite as traumatizing as the death of a parent, Rowling explained that finishing the Harry Potter book series with Deathly Hallows was very bittersweet:
"It was a bereavement. It was huge. Initially I was elated, then I cried like I had never cried before. And only twice in my life have I cried like that, [the other] when my mother died."
Fans of the novels seemed to feel the same disappointment once finishing the story's final chapter; knowing that Rowling wasn't planning on expanding the mythology further. But there appears to be a glimmer of hope for the Potter army. When asked whether she was completely finished telling of the escapades of Harry, Hermoine and Ron, Rowling answered in a hopeful, yet cryptic, manner:
"They're all in my head still. I could definitely write an eighth, a ninth book. I think I am done, but you never know."