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Entrada Autor: Lord Batermatec » dc. des. 12, 2007 8:02 pm

A mi em sembla una resolució perfecte de la vida d'en Dumbledore que la Rowling ens hagi dit que era gay. No sé... trobo que l'ha clavat.

Respecte a l'enciclopèdia... l'espero amb moltíssimes ganes... però tremolant. Els dos llibrets de 'bèsties fantàstiques' i el del 'quidditch' els trobo molt interessants però curts i poc recreats per part de la JKR; per tant, no vull que l'enciclopèdia sigui feta ràpid i corrents com els dos llibres anomenats.
Ah! I la traducció al català... no ho vull ni veure! Sisplau, que no sigui el mateix del 'Diccionari del Mag' que va canviar tots els noms: Impostorus --> Boggart. Em sembla que el millor que podria fer l'editorial que el publiqués és fer-lo traduir per la gent que en sap d'en Harry Potter. O sigui, els de harrpottercat.!!

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Entrada Autor: Sdaraniel » dc. des. 12, 2007 8:46 pm

Lord Batermatec ha escrit:A mi em sembla una resolució perfecte de la vida d'en Dumbledore que la Rowling ens hagi dit que era gay. No sé... trobo que l'ha clavat.

Respecte a l'enciclopèdia... l'espero amb moltíssimes ganes... però tremolant. Els dos llibrets de 'bèsties fantàstiques' i el del 'quidditch' els trobo molt interessants però curts i poc recreats per part de la JKR; per tant, no vull que l'enciclopèdia sigui feta ràpid i corrents com els dos llibres anomenats.
Ah! I la traducció al català... no ho vull ni veure! Sisplau, que no sigui el mateix del 'Diccionari del Mag' que va canviar tots els noms: Impostorus --> Boggart. Em sembla que el millor que podria fer l'editorial que el publiqués és fer-lo traduir per la gent que en sap d'en Harry Potter. O sigui, els de harrpottercat.!!
Sí, i de pas que ens regali un exemplar a cada un dels membres de la web, ja posats a demanar...Podriem fer una carta:
Benvolguda Rowling ens agradaria que ens deixés traduir la seva encicolpedia als usuaris de la web de HPcat i si no és molt demanar, que ens regalés un exemplar de la seva encicolpedia a cada un de nosaltres
els usuaris de harrypottercat.

No dic que no estaria bé que ens deixés traduir-la a nosaltres...
"Un conte de fades"

Sdage65: (Ge65 i jo)

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Entrada Autor: Padfoot » dt. des. 18, 2007 9:04 am

Els del Leaky Cauldron van entrevistar la Rowling fa uns dies i aniran treient parts d'aquesta entrevista en el seu Podcast, avui han tret la primera part :P

En la part que han tret aquesta setmana es parla del següent:
-The morals of Beedle the Bard
-Who was right about Horcri?
-Who made the first Horcrux?
-Creating a Horcrux vs. splitting the atom
-Will Jo tell us how to create a Horcrux?
-The things that made her editor look like she wanted to vomit
-The Scottish Book and its potential date of publication
-Baby pictures for the Dawlish entry
-Dumbledore and homosexuality in the wizarding world
-The recklessness and blindness that comes with love
-Madam Hooch fanfic
-Is Harry kinda not really a Horcrux?
-Was Harry the not-so-much-a Horcrux damaged in CoS??
-The pain in Harry's scar explained in more detail
-Dumbledore's "in essence divided" spell
-Neville. Just Neville. The Boy it Could Have Been.
-Matthew Lewis as Cormac McLaggen?
-Thrice defying the Dark Lord explained
-The missing 24 hours, and how Dumbledore found out what happened in Godric's Hollow
-"You either get to be right, or you get more stories!"
-"I've got a bit of a problem with this myself...maybe they've got a point."
-How the Scottish Book would be laid out, and more info about what will be in it
-"It's about doing the absolute definitive, giving people everything guide."
-Hannah Abbott's backstory: Muggleborn or pureblood? And running the Leaky Cauldron
-The Web site and the WOMBATs - are there more WOMBATs? The secret agenda that got book seven info online.
-Jo: "I win!"
-The Trio: Did they graduate Hogwarts?
-Hogwarts graduation traditions, and Jo's feelings on not writing a ceremony
Per escoltar-lo:

Han dit que pròximament en faran una transcripció, llavors ja intentarem traduir-ho una mica al català perquè ho entengueu tots :P

PD: Quan diu Scotish book es refereixen a la famosa enciclopèdia xD

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Entrada Autor: Padfoot » dg. des. 23, 2007 11:34 pm

Un parell de coses noves:

La Rowling ha actualitzat la seva web, les notícies amb les impresions sobre la subasta del llibre d'en Beedle the Bard, i a la secció de preguntes explica perquè anomena a la futura enciclopèdia durant l'entrevista de l'altre dia amb els del Leaky Cauldron "The Scotish Book":
Section: News

Friday 21 December 2007
Auction of 'the Tales of Beedle the Bard'

As you may already know, the seventh copy of 'The Tales of Beedle the Bard' raised a staggering £1.95 million at auction, which will be donated to the Children's Voice campaign (see Links).

It is fortunate that nobody was filming my reaction while the bids climbed higher and higher. Fiddy, Angela, Christine and I were sitting around Fiddy's laptop in our office (the aforementioned being my PA and the invaluable assistants who deal with the postbag), watching a live link to Sotheby's. Once the amount hit a million, I kept swearing loudly with every successive bid, and when we reached the final amount, the air turned a lovely shade of blue...

I am delighted that Amazon bought the book, and would like to thank them for their huge generosity, which will help the Children's Voice reach many, many more institutionalised children. I am also thrilled to think that the moonstone Beedle will not be mouldering alone in a vault, but will be setting off on a tour of children's libraries. Taken all in all, I could not have wished for a better outcome!
Section: F.A.Q.
Why 'The Scottish Book'?

After my recent appearance on Leaky's podcast, several people have asked me why I called the as-yet-unpublished Encyclopaedia of Potterworld 'the Scottish Book'. Answer: it was a joke, though evidently not a very good one...

There is a superstition that it is unlucky to speak the name 'Macbeth' in the theatre, so actors always refer to it as 'the Scottish Play'. Given the contentiousness that has sprung up around the Encyclopaedia lately, I simply thought we might start showing it similar respect!
I després els del Leaky han penjat la transcripció de la primera part de la seva entrevista amb la Rowling, pels que s'us doni millor llegir l'anglès que escoltar-lo aquí ho teniu... properament intentarem fer alguna cosa pels que no entengueu l'anglès perquè pogueu saber tot el que ha dit de nou!
John Noe (JN): Sue, which Bit-by-Bit are we doing this week, anyway?

Sue Upton (SU): Oh, I don't know. But you know what, John? I still keep thinking about what you were saying the other day about the House Elves. Jo specifically said that they were- (JN: I remember this.) what?

JN: I remember this just as well as you.

SU: No. She said that just as Dumbledore gave refuge to Dobby, they were free. They- so, too, did Helga. She did not enslave them, she did not.

JN: There's this big elaborate thing with every House Elf there with a Malfoy-like master, (SU: What?) that they were all given socks by some other Harry-type person. (SU sighs) That's a whole unique event with Dobby. (SU: No!) All these other creatures, (SU: They could've...) they probably came in wagons to the castle. (SU laughs)

Melissa Anelli (MA): Okay, guys, guys, guys, guys, guys, guys. (JN: Oh, hey, Melvin.) Oh, my go- hi! How you doing?

SU: Oh, hi. Hi Melissa!

JN: We're about to start the show, I guess.

MA:Yeah I know, but you just won't do it. There must be an end somewhere to this argument.

JN: This is all very obvious now. She confirmed this to me on Skype.

SU: What? She did not.

JN: What? She did. We chat all the time, Noelover42, are you new here?

SU: I am not new here. (MA laughs) But, I don't believe you.

MA:Okay, guys, guys. Look, look. There will never be another PotterCast again if we don't get to the bottom of this. I'm going to call someone, okay?

JN: Oh, you got a number now, huh?

MA:Yeah, yeah, I got a number now. (phone beeps)

JN: All right, what's this all about? (phone rings)

JN: Oh, it's ringing, good. (MA laughs)

Telephone Operator: Greetings. Thank you for calling the Hogwarts Muggle Liaison Office. (JN: The what?) (MA:Yeah, guys.) If you know your party's extension, please enter it now, at any time.

JN: Where did this come from you guys?

SU: (laughs) This is awesome.

MA:Just hang on.

Telephone Operator: If you are the parent or guardian of a child currently attending Hogwarts, please press one now. If you are calling in regards to last week's incident with the Giant Squid, press two now. If you are calling to check on the current status for tickets to any of the upcoming Quidditch matches, (JN: Oh! I want to...) please press three now. (SU: I'm going.) For all other inquiries, please press four, or stay on the line and your call will be connected with a House Elf in the order it was received.

JN: House Elves? (laughs)

SU: No! Poor House Elves, no!

MA:You guys, what was that? Shh, I'm trying to figure it out.

Telephone Operator: For the Faculty Directory (MA:What? What was that?) press naught.

JN: Press zero, I think.

MA:Press zero? Okay. (JN: Go ahead.) (phone beeps) Okay, Okay.

Telephone Operator: Welcome to the Faculty Directory. (JN: Yay!) Please use your numeric keypad to spell out the last name of the staff member you wish to reach.

MA:Oh, I know what to do.

JN: Okay, I got this. I got this. I got this. (MA:You got it?) I got it. (phone beeps)


Telephone Operator: Thank you. Please stay on the line. (phone rings)

Alan Ricman: Good afternoon.

SU and MA:Ah!

SU: No way! (JN laughs)

MA:Get away! Get away! Stop!

SU: Hey, sexy man!

MA:Hang up! Hang up! John! Sue! Hang up, hang up. (JN laughs) John, why'd you do that?

JN: That's too fun.

Telephone Operator: Thank you for calling the Muggle Liaison Office. If you know your party's extension, please enter it now, at any time.

MA:Okay guys, seriously, we have to do the right numbers now, okay? Hang on. (phone beeps)

Telephone Operator: Thank you, code accepted. Please stay on the line.

JN: What was that number?

MA:It's just a number. (phone rings)

Fiddy: Hello.

MA:Fiddy! Oh! Thank god.

Fiddy: Oh, who's that?

SU: Hello!

MA:Guys say...

JN: Hello!

Fiddy: Oh goodness. (laughs) Is that Melissa?

MA:It is. Hi, how you doing?

Fiddy: Hi Melissa. It sounds like you've got John and Sue with you.

MA:I do. (JN: As usual.) Well...

Fiddy: As usual. (laughs)

SU: Yeah.

MA:They're at it again, and we just- I'm just going to go crazy, ugh.

Fiddy: Oh, no. Not the House Elves and Hufflepuff thing again, is it?

SU: Woo hoo! Yes!


Fiddy: Oh no. Well I think we should sort it out. The best way is probably by asking the expert.

MA:I think you're right.

Fiddy: Well, let me see if we can get a hold of her. Hold on. (phone rings)

JN: Oh, man.

J.K. Rowling (JKR): This had better not be about House Elves.

MA:Jo, it is, I'm sorry!

SU: It is! Hey, Jo! Hello!

JN: Hey Jo!

JKR: Hi! (laughs) Well, House Elves, go on then.

MA:Still, still. They are still arguing about this and I'm sick of it. And we need you to answer it so bad.

JN: What I'm telling Sue is that if she remembered from when we talked about this in New York, (JKR: Yes.) Jo said that Helga Hufflepuff was a plantation owner (SU: No! She gave them refuge! Refuge! R-E...) of House Elves...

JKR: (laughs) Refuge!

SU: (whispers) Refuge. (MA: Oh, Jo.) She didn't enslave them.

JKR: Yeah, it's a complicated issue. I would say that Hufflepuff gave- Hufflepuff did what was the most moral thing to do at that time, and we are talking about over a thousand years ago. So that would be to give them good conditions of work. There was no kind of activism there, so no one's going to say, "Here's an idea, let's free them. (SU: Yeah.) Let's pay them." It was just, "Well we'll bring them somewhere they can work and not be abused."

SU: Yeah but- see? She did not go around with a whip and say, "Yah! You must work in the kitchens!" (MA:Sue!) Right?

JKR: No, definitely not. That would not be- no. No. (SU: See?) Definitely not, John.

SU: Thank you, Jo!

MA:(sighs) Okay, okay. Well, let's go into this further. (SU laughs) Jo, we are about ready to get ready to start a recording here. We can talk about this for longer if you want. Do you want to join us for a show?

JKR: (sighs) Well, I've got nothing better to do. (JN laughs)

JN: All right, you heard her, guys. Leaky and PotterCast are proud and excited to bring you a very special interview with the one and only J.K. Rowling.

JKR: Welcome to PotterCast, your number one source for news, theories, discussion, and interviews, with people from the Potter books and films. I know a small amount myself, having written the books. My name is J.K. Rowling. I am now happy to introduce your hosts, Melissa, John, and Sue.

SU: Yay, Jo! Okay. (All laugh)

MA:Jo, I can't tell you how long we've joked, in a total outer space fashion, about you doing that intro one day.

JKR: Do you know what my favorite bit was? Melissa, when you posted the thing about, "Anyone got extra questions? (MA:I know!) What loose ends would you tie up?" And the very first comment was, "Yeah, that's a strange thing to ask us, Melissa. Almost like someone was coming on who could answer those questions." I really liked that.

MA:I'm glad you brought it up, because I have to apologize to the reader of our site (SU: Yes.) called nimbus xl, who actually said that, and I actually came the closest to lying (SU: Yeah.) that I've ever done on Leaky, when I told everybody, "Calm down, we'd tell you if it was Jo, everybody relax!" (MA and JN laugh)

JKR: Melissa Anelli, you filthy, filthy liar. (SU: Yes.) (JN laughs) (MA:That's me.) Previously respected webmistress.

MA:(laughs) Yeah, no more, I hand it all in, I'm done. (JN laughs) Oh gosh, but we wanted to save the surprise, and Jo that's what this hopefully is, a nice pre-Christmas surprise (JKR: Cool.) for everybody, so- I'm more excited than anything that John and Sue now have the chance to get- and to hear and talk.

SU: Yeah.

JN: We're gonna give it a shot. I was stunned silly the last time I saw her, I could hardly say anything. (JKR: Oh, you were completely lovely.) But I can't really see her right now, so…

JKR: Oh, you're missing nothing I tell you, I'm not looking good at the moment. (JN and SU laugh) (JN: We're all in our PJs.) A couple of weeks of Christmas shopping and a lot of really hectic life has taken it out of me.

SU: And you've had quite a banner day (JN: Oh, gosh.) already, with the auction, too, and everything. It just been amazing for Mr. Beedle the…

JKR: I feel kind of shell shocked at the moment. We just watched the auction live- this is of Beedle the Bard in case anyone doesn't know what the hell we're talking about- and yeah, it went for 1.95 million pounds. And I can't tell you what that means, it's unbelievable. Yeah. I'm really staggered and I'm so excited. It's just gonna make a really big difference to the charity, and also it was a means of raising awareness of the charity which was at least as important as the money, so it's really done that job. God I'm so happy, can't tell you.

SU: Well that's just brilliant. But we're all so curious, though, Jo, is there any little tidbits you can reveal now?

JKR: What, about Beedle the Bard? (SU: Mm-hm.) The stories thereof? (SU: Mm-hm.) Well, I can tell you I- let's think. Wizard and the Hopping Pot, is kind of a- the moral really, it's to teach young wizards and witches that they should use their magic altruistically. (SU: Oh, okay.) Then, Fountain of Fair Fortune is my favorite one, and that's really about the qualities you need to achieve your heart's desire, and the moral being that magic, ultimately, is not the best weapon. Warlock's Hairy Heart is really, quite gothic, it's quite dark that one, and Voldemort would've done well to know that story (SU: Yeah.) before he set out on his campaign of terror. Babbity Rabbity and her Cackling Stump is the stupidest title ever written by man or beast (SU and JN laugh) and of course when I wrote it, I never- I had not, at the point, when I gave Ron that title, I didn't imagine for a second that I was actually going to write the story. (SU: Yeah.) And I did have a small- there was this kind of margin of time where I knew I was going to write Beedle the Bard and the book wasn't published. We were still editing, and I could've gone back and changed the titles. And I really liked the idea of keeping those titles and then finding out what the stories were, but Babbity Rabbit was a challenge. (JKR and SU laugh) But I did get there and it's a story about revenge. One witch's sort of cunning way of revenging herself for persecution, for Muggle persecution. And then you know The Tale of the Three Brothers. (JN: Hm.) (SU: Yeah.) Which is the last one in the book, so I've just given them to you chronologically as they appear in the book. I loved writing them. I really, really loved writing them. But I have to say that before I had the idea of producing the books to say, "Thank you," to these key people, I (laughs) imagined there would be about thirty tales of Beedle the Bard, (SU: Oh, wow!) and after I had the idea of writing them out by hand (SU laughs) seven times, turns out there were just five.

SU: Yeah. (SU and MA laugh)

JN: And I can't thank you enough for that copy, Jo. (SU: Oh!) I've been reading it to the girls here over the weeks, and…

JKR: Yeah, did you like it? The diamond encrusted version? (MA laughs)

JN: It was amazing, and the cover was beautiful!

JKR: You don't think it was a bit too bling? (SU laughs)

JN: Well no, I have a lot of that stuff on my wall already, (JKR: Uh-huh.) so it just kinda fits right in perfectly. (JKR: John, it was my pleasure.) So…

JKR: Thank you for the inspiration. (MA and SU and JN laugh)

JN: It was a pleasure to read it. You know, I did what I could, so…

JKR: And did you like the dedication? "You were right all along about Horcri?"

SU: Oh no! (MA:Ah! Jo!) There's that word!

JN: Nobody would believe me. (MA laughs)

MA:Oh, he's never gonna let it stop!

JKR: I did write him a letter, and I did say that actually Horcri is- it occurred to me it really would have been a more correct plural, but I already had Inferi and I didn't want to have too many Dark Arts weapons ending in -ri. So it was a kind of stylistic choice, really. I like Horcruxes as a plural.

JN: It's grown on me, too.

JKR: As a linguist- (laughs) oh, thanks, John! (All laugh) See, this is why I give him copies of Beedle the Bard. He's a generous man. (MA laughs)

SU: (laughs) Oh, yeah. (JN: Yes.) Oh, but Jo, those Horcruxes, though, I tell ya. There's so much to ask still about those. Okay, we have to know. Who created the first Horcrux? Was it Grindelwald? Salazar? Who did that?

JKR: Do you know what? I got a feeling it was Herpo, (SU: Oh!) which is H-E-R-P-O. (SU: Herpo the Foul?) I think I called him Herpo the Foul. Exactly, yeah. Yeah. But, you know, wizards would have been looking for ways to do exactly what Voldemort did for years. And some of the ways they would have tried would've killed them. So, I imagine it- well, they're huge parallels- splitting the atom would be a very good parallel in our world. Something that people imagine might be able to do be done, but couldn't quite bring it off and then people started doing it, with sometimes catastrophic effects. So that's how I see the Horcrux.

SU: Right. Because you said that Tom Riddle said that there'd been- or Dumbledore did- somebody said that there was only one person. (MA:Slughorn.) And we were just…

MA:As far as Tom Riddle knew.

JKR: Yeah, but I do imagine that other people are going to have tried. I think it would be naive not to think that people have been trying for a long time, and thought they succeeded and hadn't, or else maimed themselves or killed themselves in the attempt. It's such a dangerous thing to do.

SU: Oh. Evil thing. You know, just...

JKR: Yeah.

MA:What is the process? Do you- is there a spell? Is there a- what do they have to do?

JKR: I see it as a series of things you would have to do. So, you would have to perform a spell. But you would also- I don't even know if I want to say it out loud. (SU: Yeah.) I know that sounds funny, but I did really think it through. There are two things I think that are too horrible, actually, to go into detail about. (laughs) One of them is how Pettigrew brought Voldemort back into a rudimentary body. (SU: Yeah.) 'Cause I told my editor what I thought happened there and she looked as though she was gonna vomit. (SU and JN laugh) And then the other thing is how you make a Horcrux. And I don't even like- I don't know. Will it be in the encyclopedia? I don't know if I can bring myself to- I don't know.

SU: Oh, Jo! You mentioned the "e" word!

JKR: Oh, God, yeah. God, yes I did. (MA laughs) We should call it something like "The Scottish Book." (All laugh)

JN: The Scottish Book!

MA:Oh, jeez. You don't want to curse it now, Jo.

JKR: It must not be mentioned live on air.

MA:(laughs) Yeah, exactly. We can't wait for that. We hope you get on to that as soon as you feel comfortable doing so.

JKR: Yeah. Would it be okay if that's ten years? (SU gasps) (MA:We'll be around.) No one laughed. (All laugh) No, listen, I absolutely intend to do it, but I can't pretend that I'm in a hurry right now. It's gonna be a hell of a lot of work. But I have- I've kept everything and I know where things are and yeah, at some point I will get myself together and do it.

JN: I was gonna offer, just in case you needed help on that particular chapter, (SU: John!) I've got a lot of baby pictures (JKR laughs) and childhood anecdotes for the Dawlish chapter (SU: Oh, here we go!) that might just help fill things in a little bit.

JKR: You know what? Again, John, you're always there when I need you. (JN laughs) That's great, that would be great.

SU: Jo, he idolizes a man, an Auror, who got pwnd by an old lady wearing a dead bird on her head. You know, on her hat. Now, come on! (laughs) You know?

JN: Now, they don't understand this, Jo. I know we've talked about this, (JKR and SU laugh) they don't understand the night that this, they call it a duel, it wasn't a duel. At least in my mind, anyway. I think it needs a little explaining of how somebody as skillful as Dawlish could've (JKR: Yeah. You know...) got taken down like this. And feel free to let all the air out of my sails. That's fine.

JKR: Listen. (MA:John maintains that she suckerpunched him.) You know what? (JN: Yeah, she suckerspelled him.) I find it so incredibly endearing that you like Dawlish. (All laugh) And that's why his name is now John Dawlish, as we know. (SU: Oh!) In tribute to you, and that will indeed be a note in the encyclopedia, (SU: Oh, my god.) or "The Scottish Book" as we are now calling it. (JN: Yes.)(MA laughs) Dawlish had to be good. He had to be good, because he became an Auror. There's no denying that. But he has his weaknesses and Dumbledore knew how to exploit them. (JN: Oh!) And let's face it; anyone going up to Dumbledore pre-trying on the Horcrux, pre-maiming his hand- anyone is going to be in trouble going up against Dumbledore. Even Voldemort didn't want to do it. So, it's no dishonor to Dawlish.

JN: Well, certainly. Was Dumbledore involved in- (JKR: In weakening him?) they said it was Mrs. Longbottom. (All laugh)

JKR: Well, that's after- by the time Augusta Longbottom got to him, he had been- (JN: Oh, right, oh right.) several people had attacked Dawlish. (laughs) I think he was a bit punch-drunk by that point. (All laugh) He had become a favorite with the- a favorite punchbag of the Order of the Phoenix by then. So, I don't think he was firing on all cylinders.

JKR: So I don't think he was firing on all cylinders, but no, (JN laughs) I really saw Mrs. Longbottom as a powerful witch. (SU: Yes, yes!) So, sorry. (JN: I suppose.) I went down to Leavesden recently and I saw Michael Gambon with his withered hand. That was quite exciting. Yeah.

JN: Gosh.

MA:There was just a funny report about Michael Gambon, and we're pretty sure he was joking, (laughs) about that he was scandalized to learn that one of his lines was lifted directly from the book (SU laughs) and he was railing around cursing and throwing things.

SU: Like, how dare they use your words, Jo. (laughs)

JKR: Listen, Michael has a very good, very good and dry sense of humor. (SU: Mm-hm.) And you should really...yeah, he's a funny man. And you should bear that in mind, and not take things as they may appear flat on the page.

SU: Yeah.

MA:Yeah. Speaking of Dumbledore. (SU: Mm, yes.) (JKR: Bless his little heart.) We want to talk about Dumbldeore so bad. We know you created worldwide intrigue when you said that he's gay. (JKR: Yeah.) But I wanted to ask you about homosexuality in the Wizarding world in general. Is it a taboo?

JKR: Now, there's something I never thought of. I would think that that would be- it would be exactly what it is in the Muggle world. But, the greatest taboo in the Wizarding world is- well, for some wizards. If we're talking about prejudiced people within the Wizarding world, what they care most about is your blood status. So I think you could be gay, pureblood, and totally without any kind of criticism from the Lucius Malfoys of the world. I don't think that would be something that would interest him in the slightest. But, I can't answer for all witches and wizards, because I think in matters of the heart, it would be directly parallel to our world.

JN and SU: Hm.

MA:Yeah. It's inter- the reaction was so astronomical to that.

JKR: Well, I said it to you, Melissa, before, I think, that to me it's wrong not to answer a question honestly. I just think that's immoral. (MA:Right.) And I was asked that question by a young woman at Carnegie Hall who prefaced her question by saying, "These books have helped me be more fully myself." Well, that's just one of the most wonderful things anyone has ever said to me about the books. And then she asked, "Has Dumbledore ever been in love?" Now, I- so I was absolutely honest about how I saw the character. I always imagined that Dumbledore was gay. How relevant is that to the books? Well, it's only relevant if you considered that his feelings for Grindelwald, as revealed in the seventh book, were an infatuation rather than a straight full friendship. That's how I think- in fact, that I know- that some, perhaps, sensitive adult readers had already seen that. I don't think that came as a big surprise to some adult readers. I think a child would see a friendship and a very devoted friendship. But these things also occur. So I- how relevant is it? Well, to me it was only relevant in as much as Dumbledore, who was the great defender of love, and who sincerely believed that love was the greatest, most powerful force in the universe, was himself made a fool of by love. That, to me, was the interesting point. That, in his youth, he was- he became infatuated with a man who was almost his dark twin. He was as brilliant. He was morally bankrupt. And Dumbledore lost his moral compass. He wanted to believe that Grindelwald was what he wanted him to be, which I think is what particularly a young person's love tends to do. We fill in the blanks in the beloved's personality with the virtues we would like them to have. So Dumbledore was wrong and his judgement was entirely- was very suspect in that time. And of course it was more than being infatuated. Grindelwald appeared to be offering him a solution to this horrible dilemma. Dumbledore was not cut out, to his shame, to be a carer. He was cut out to go out on the world stage and be a brilliant man. He knows that about himself and he's ashamed of it. So it's a complicated issue, but yeah, that's the way I always saw Dumbledore. It wasn't a particularly big deal to me. And I'd never once before been asked at an event about Dumbledore's romantic life. I'd been asked other things about him, but I have to say until Hallows was published, people were mostly interested in the trio's futures and Dumbledore's backstory. In fact, I remember, Melissa, when you and Emerson interviewed me after Half-Blood Prince was published. We were talking about what fans should be asking, and I said Dumbledore's family. I didn't want to say Dumbledore's past, but Dumbledore's family would be a profitable line of inquiry, because I always knew that he had this tragic story from his late teens. There. That was a long answer.

SU: No, it was brilliant.

JKR: But it was a full answer.

MA:No, we love full answers. (MA and JKR laugh)

JN: I guess- oh, people are going to yell at me. (JKR: Like you care. Come on.) Okay, all right...(MA:We love when he starts sentences that way.) (laughs) Just trying to save a little face. I know a few people out there had been wondering if Madam Hooch had ever been in love.

JKR: (laughs) You know what? Madam Hooch really did not have any kind of romantic backstory. Well, not of my invention. We'll have to go and trawl the fanfic for that.

MA:I'm sure we'd find it, Jo.

JKR: Yeah, I bet we would. (laughs)

JN: I think there's categories of it, actually.


SU: So we were talking about ships, though. Can we talk about romance at all?

JKR: Yeah, we can talk about romance.

MA:I don't know. Last time we did this, Jo, quite a lot of hubbub followed.

JKR: Really?

MA:(laughs) You remember.

SU: You know.

JN: But it's fun! It's fun hubbub!

MA:Yes, it is fun.

JKR: Yeah, okay.

MA:Before we get too into romance, I wanted to get something cleared up.

JKR: Okay.

MA:After we got back from Carnegie Hall, we brought back your message of "Harry is kind of not really a Horcrux." (SU: Oh, yeah.) And I don't want to dwell too long on Horcruxes, but I'd love to hear you talking about how he is or isn't, or wasn't.

JKR: Well, I'll tell you- do you know what? This will not end the discussion. (MA:Yeah.) (laughs) I know that, and you know that, but here is the thing: for convenience, I had Dumbledore say to Harry, "You were the Horcrux he never meant to make," but I think, by definition, a Horcrux has to be made intentionally. So because Voldemort never went through the grotesque process that I imagine creates a Horcrux with Harry, (SU: Mm-hm.) it was just that he had destabilized his soul so much that it split when he was hit by the backfiring curse. And so this part of it flies off, and attaches to the only living thing in the room. A part of it flees in the very-close-to-death limbo state that Voldemort then goes on and exists in. I suppose it's very close to being a Horcrux, but Harry did not become an evil object. He didn't have curses upon him that the other Horcruxes had. He himself was not contaminated by carrying this bit of parasitic soul. The only time he ever felt it stirring and moving was in Order of the Phoenix, when he himself goes through a very dark time. And there's a moment where he's looking at Dumbledore, and he feels something rear like a snake inside him, and of course, at those times, it's because the piece of soul inside him is feeding off his emotions. He's going through a dark time, and that piece of soul is enjoying it, and making its presence felt, but he doesn't know what he's feeling, of course. Also, I always imagine that the Sorting Hat detected the presence of that piece of soul (JN: Yeah!) when Harry first tried it on, because it's strongly tempted to put him in Slytherin. So that's how I see it. (JN: Wow.) Now, I know that won't end the debate, but I do think that the strict definition of "Horcrux," once I write the Scottish Book, will have to be given, (SU: Yeah.) (JN: Yes.) and that the definition will be that a receptacle is prepared by Dark Magic to become the receptacle of a fragmented piece of soul, and that that piece of soul was deliberately detached from the master soul to act as a future safeguard, or anchor, to life, and a safeguard against death. So that doesn't really clear anything up. Well, I think it- (JN: It does quite a bit.) It at least states what I believe,(MA laughs) but I don't think it's necessarily going to convince people who have a strong feeling one way or the other on the matter. You know what? That's been the case with most of Harry Potter. (JN laughs) I give my explanation, and it just fuels more debate.

JN: Okay, I was thinking, as you were talking about that just a second ago, I've just been reading Philosopher's Stone. There was a chapter when Harry goes to sleep for the first time, and he's in his dormitory, and he has a dream that you wrote he never remembers again, and it was being tempted, "Go to Slytherin." I thought maybe at that point that might have also been that little piece of Voldemort in there, wreaking havoc on his dreams really early on.

JKR: Well, of course the pain he feels whenever Voldemort's particularly active is this piece of soul seeking to rejoin the master soul. When his scar is hurting him so much, that's not scar tissue hurting him. That's this piece of soul really wanting to get back out the way it entered. It really wants to- it entered this boy's body through a wound, and it wants to rejoin the master. So when Voldemort's near him, when he's particularly active, this connection, (JN: Oh, my gosh!) it was always there. That's what I always imagined this pain was. Yes, so there you go. There's a moment when Dumbledore casts a charm, and you see a two-headed snake split. (SU: Yes!) Do you remember that?

JN: Yes!

MA and SU: "In essence divided?"

MA:That's in his office, right? "In essence divided?"

JKR: Yeah, it's in Dumbledore's office, and he suddenly does these strange- (MA:Mm-hm.) he performs this strange piece of magic in which he watches images, and these are his- And the snake dividing, that's the way he sees Voldemort's soul dividing. So he's playing through his own theory about what's happened, and his theory is, of course, correct, that Voldemort, as summed up by the snake, divided. So Harry never understood what the two-headed snake was all about, but that's what it was.

SU: You know, you just answered a question that people have been asking about, talking about, that "essence divided," what that meant. So yes, thank you, Jo.

JKR: "In essence divided," exactly, the "essence" being the soul. So Dumbledore knew all along that he must have- well, he suspected until Chamber of Secrets, and then at the point where he saw what was clearly the remains of a Horcrux, in other words, the diary, he thinks, "Okay. There you go. And not only has he definitely done it, but he's got to have more than one, because he's treated this one very casually."

SU: So, can I ask this? This is kind of a random question, but if Harry had this Horcrux in him, sort of, would he actually have died, say, when the dragon could have killed him, or when he was falling during Quiddich, or anything? Could he actually have died?

JKR: Well, you've got- if his body had been irreparably destroyed. (SU: Yeah) He has to die to get rid of that piece of soul. His body has got to be irreparably damaged. So a lot of people asked, and I think I've answered this since, but a lot of people immediately said, having finished Hallows, (gasps) "But then, that means in Chamber of Secrets, when he was pierced by the basilisk..." (SU: Oh, right) but no, no, no, no, he didn't die! He didn't die. (JN: Yeah) That was stated right in the beginning with the Horcrux, the receptacle has got to be destroyed. His body wasn't destroyed! He got a bit poisoned, and then he got the antidote, immediately. So that's not going to drive out this piece of soul. Sorry if I sound frustrated, but occasionally...

JN and MA:No!

SU: No, no, no! (JN laughs) That cleared it up! That's awesome!

JN: Yeah.

JKR: You know what, occasionally, you feel some frustration. People, please, just read the book, because it's there. (MA laughs) And then ask something that's not there. That would be- which plenty of people do, don't get me wrong. But on that one, I felt- there was a certain feeling of weariness.

JN: Gosh. Now I'm nervous. (all laugh)

JKR: No, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, don't be nervous. It was- yeah. Because I was so careful with this stuff and it's- I don't know if you've seen, on my website, I recently did a small number of updates.

SU: Yes. Thank you!

JKR: One of the things on there was- it's about the end, and how Harry survived right at the end, when he doesn't fight, and Voldemort uses the Killing Curse on him. Well, it was important for me to say on the website, I never saw this- as in the finale, the denouement, the moment when Harry faces Voldemort, is prepared to die, and yet doesn't die- that isn't like a scientific equation. Harry- it's not guaranteed. There has to be space, to make Harry truly heroic, for free will. It has to be his choice. The whole thing's his choice. He chooses to sacrifice himself, just as Lily chose to sacrifice herself. He chooses to pull himself back to life. And that's his own will and courage. So ultimately, those things, all of them were more important than the magic.

JN: Wow. My brain is firing in so many different directions right now!

SU: I know. I've got, like, ten questions. (MA laughs)

JN: Because I've got, like, a thousand questions.

MA:And I'm sitting here biting my tongue.

SU: Because I want to ask you about your website, and I want to ask you about love. And it's like...

JKR: And we were going to talk about romance and then we got sidetracked.

MA:Yeah, sorry!

SU: I am no Ravenclaw, and I read these books just because I love them and I'm just enamored of the world you've created. (JKR: Thank you.) And the one character I do see in myself is someone named Neville Longbottom.

JKR: I love Neville.

MA:Aw, Neville.

JKR: Oh, I love Neville so much. Always loved Neville. And I always saw, I always had big plans for Neville. And he really was the boy it could have been. Because, as you know, (SU: Yeah.) as I make clear, he was born hours before Harry. He was born on the thirtieth of July. Voldemort singled him out as the other possibility. But the great thing about Neville's story for me, the over-arching story about Neville, is that he proves himself to be a boy who could have done it, too! Yeah, Harry had the scar, and arguably Harry had an edge more talent, because Harry, he has an extraordinary instinct for the right thing to do. He's just got the right instinct and that's what would make him, in due course, a phenomenal Auror. But Neville was, I think, amazing in the final battle, (SU: Yes.) and proved himself a hundred times over worthy of being a Gryffindor, his parents son, despite the very difficult childhood he had at the hands of his very pushy grandmother. And I know she loves him and he loves her but she's not an easy person to be raised by. (JN: Yeah.) So yeah, that, for me, was the big thing about Neville. He was a- he's not, on the surface- I suppose he's not as cool, when it comes right down to it. Though, Harry, of course, (SU: Yeah.) made himself cool. He was a scrawny little kid in glasses, (JN laughs) and he comes through, and becomes the guy everyone wants to know.

SU: Yeah. You know, the scene- you've written so many brilliant scenes, but I personally think that one of your most powerful scenes (JKR: Thank you) was when Neville goes into St. Mungo's, and I understood, when I was listening to that scene, that Neville probably never had the love of his mom and understood that, like hugs. All he got were these wrappers.

JKR: Yeah. All he got were these elderly relatives, (SU sighs) who just wanted him to match up. "Why aren't you matching up?" The trouble is, I think, that they would be the kind of people who forget what being young is like, and want him to be- imagine themselves to have been prodigies and expect him to match up to really an impossible standard. So I felt so sorry for Neville from the word "go" but I knew that he was going to have a comparable journey to Harry's, and he does. And bizarrely, Matthew Lewis, who plays who plays Neville, (SU: Yeah.) has undergone a bigger physical transformation (MA:Yes!) than any other person who works in those films, to the point that, when I went to the read through of (b)Half Blood Prince(/b), that we were all sitting in this great square, they put all the tables from the Great Hall into this big square so everyone's facing inwards for the read through. (JN: Cool.) And facing me were Dan, and Rupert, and Emma, and Evanna, and Bonnie, and the main lot. And there's this really big cool guy sitting there, with a bit of stubble, (SU: Yeah.) and wearing this woolen hat, and a leather jacket, (JN laughs) and I didn't recognize him, and my eyes pass on, and I sort of thought, "That will be the guy they've got playing McLaggen." (all laugh) And then I thought, "Where's Matthew?" (SU: Awesome!) And I looked at him, and my God, when did that happen? (all laugh) So he's really a very cool dude, and yeah. (MA:Yeah.) He and Devon and Evanna and Bonnie all came to my reception for Beedle the Bard last Monday, and it was great to see them. It was just so nice.

SU: Can we just ask a kinda sad thing, though? What did the Longbottoms do that they earned that wrath from Bellatrix? Such, their three times, like the Potters, (JKR: They were efficient!) thrice defying the Dark Lord.

JKR: They were efficient. That's all they needed to be to earn her wrath. They were-They had rounded up Death Eaters. They were very good Aurors. They knew what they were doing. They were responsible for a lot of captures and arrests and imprisonments. And so there you are.

MA:What about the three times, the thrice defying of Voldemort?

JKR: Of James and Lily?

MA:Of Neville's parents. Well, James and Lily too.

JKR: Well it depends how you take defying, doesn't it? If you're counting, which I do, (JN laughs) any time you arrested one of his henchmen, any time you escaped him, any time you thwarted him. That's what he's looking for. (SU: Yeah.) And both couples qualified, because they were both fighting. Also James and Lily turned him down. That's established in Philosopher's Stone. He wanted them, (SU: Wow.) and they wouldn't come over, so that's one strike against them before they were even out of their teens.

SU: Rock. That's so cool. I was glad to hear more about them, the night of their murder in Deathly Hallows, but there's still a little bit of confusion about those twenty four hours, Jo. (laughs) How did Dumbledore find out about what happened in Godric's Hollow?

MA:And what happened? There's this whole twenty four hours that people have been fantasizing about for years.

JKR: Yeah, I know. I've got a bit of problem with this myself, because every time I think it straight in my head I go back and look at what the fans are theorizing about, and I think "Yeah, maybe they've got a point." Dumbledore- Well there's an easy answer to how would Dumbledore know. Because you can- He? (laughs) You can. One can.

MA:Yeah. Yeah. (SU laughs)

JKR: Forgive me if I speak as though it's all real for a moment. (clears her throat)

SU: It is real! What do you mean it's not?

JN: That's what we all feel.

JKR: I know, exactly! That's how I feel as well. Yeah, so okay. Obviously Dumbledore could cast a spell on a dwelling that would immediately alert him if something happened to it. (SU: Oh.) So he could know instantaneously. That's not a problem at all. And then he could dispatch Hagrid and so on. I think The Scottish Book will have to answer that question. ( SU, MA, and JN laugh) I'm gonna have to really go back through notes and either admit that I lost twenty four hours or I don't know, hurriedly come up with some back story to fill in. (SU laughs) Either way, you either get to be right, or you get more story. So you can't complain.


JN: Now I have to ask, (JKR: Uh huh?) and ah. I don't know if it's something that- You probably haven't even decided it yet. But when you do go back and you do, in ten years, so be it, (JKR: Mm-hm.) do The Scottish Book, are you thinking more in line of a- Like an account of events, or more like small stories for things?

JKR: Well, to be honest John, at the moment, I'm not going to say "Don't hold me to this," but I'm just gonna say "This might change," but I imagined it as half of it, maybe on facing pages, but that might be difficult just through layout. But the ideal would be to have, say on the left-hand side, you've got a page showing all your back story, extra details on characters, or an entry on wands, showing what every character's wand was, and all of this stuff. (MA and JN: Mm-hm.) And I think also it might be interesting to have information about the actual writing, and what I discarded. So on one side it's acting as though the whole world is true, and it's giving you extra information on that real world, (SU: Yeah.) (JN: Yes.) and on the other side we're admitting that it's actually fiction ,and I'm showing discarded plots, characters that didn't make it, problems in the plot. I think both lots of information are interesting, so it would be nice to unite both of them

JN: Absolutely. That sounds like a student's textbook. (JKR: Yeah. Yeah.) Where in the margins they have (MA laughs) fact tables and things, and then there's also snippets of stories that they rescued from things, and then-

JKR: Well, exactly, to be honest, I think the only- The point of doing it, if I'm going to do it, it's about doing the absolute definitive, giving-people-everything guide. (SU: Yeah.) I mean, everything. Could I ever give everything? But everything that I've got, put it that way. That's what I aspire to do at the moment. It might, for practical reasons, not be possible to do both sets of information in that way but I would like to. That would be the ideal.

JN: I think fans would wait ten years (MA:Yeah.) for something like that, to be honest.

JKR: If that's the case then I'm delighted, because I don't- What I really, I don't wanna get into, God knowa I do not this near Christmas (SU: Yeah.) want to talk about legal stuff. It's just too depressing. But I think there's no point in me doing it unless it's amazing. And I think there's no point in writing it unless it is everything, and the last thing that I want to do is to feel that I have to rush something out because- (SU: Right.) Do you know what I mean? My hand is being forced, or I've got to rush it out, because there's demand and other people will fill it first. I think, I just want to do it right, or not do it at all. And I really do want to do it right.

SU: Well I'll wait ten years, if you give me a little bit of the history of Hufflepuff, and then I'll just be a happy camper.

JKR: Yeah, well, (JN laughs) I will definitely. (MA:(laughing) Oh god.) That's, all of it, yeah.

MA:Oh Hufflepuff.

JN: It's been a hundred and thirty some weeks, and we've managed to get you on the show, so ten years, what's it matter?

JKR: Yeah what's it matter? That's the spirit, John!

MA:You guys are being very permissive about this ten years thing. (laughs) I don't know, man. Let's not expand it. No, I'm just kidding. Since you mentioned Hufflepuff, I wanted to ask a sort of specific question about Hannah.

SU: Yes.


JKR: Hannah Abbott?

SU: Yes, (MA:Yeah.) yes.

JKR: Oh, I like her.

MA:There's a line in Deathly Hallows when Harry (SU: Yeah.) see someone that he thinks might be Hannah Abbott's long-lost relatives. What's her deal? Is she a Muggle-born? Is she- Did she lose her family?

JKR: Oh, you mean the grave?


JKR: No. She's not Muggle-born. She's- No, I'm pretty sure Hannah's a pureblood. I know her mother died.

MA:In an old documentary, you showed a picture that had like all the family associations, and Hannah appeared to be Muggle-blood in the (JKR: Did she?) fan's carefully constructed image of that picture.

JKR: Because I'll tell you what. If that's the- I've got that notebook, and that's one of my cornerstone notebooks. In that case, then I've been mis-remembering that, because I thought she was pureblood. Hm, interesting.


JKR: Beause I've certainly (MA:Okay.) written about her, and thought about her for years now (MA:Mm-hm.) as pureblood, so that's interesting. (laughs) Maybe we'll just split the difference and call her half-blood. (MA and JN laugh) Yeah, that's how decisions are taken in the fairly random world of J.K. Rowling. (MA and JN laugh)

SU: I didn't care though, because Hannah goes on to become landlady at the Leaky Cauldron, my favorite pub. And I was-

JKR: Damn right she does, and I think that's a very cool- I think that's (JN laughs) a pretty cool career, and I think that makes Neville quite cool (JN: Yeah.) that he married her, don't you think?

SU: Yes it does. (claps) Woohoo.

MA:Oh yes.

JKR: Thank you. (JN laughs)

SU: Thank you, Jo.

JKR: My pleasure.

SU: I loved it. You know, I love your website. You made Hufflepuff, and when you did the (MA laughs) four founders and you had all that stuff- So we were really, really grateful to learn about all those things, so (JKR: Thank you.) bring it on.

JKR: I know that the website's been really quiet lately. I said in my diary entry, people around me keep saying, "Oh it must be really quiet now." They have no idea. The second half of (MA laughs) 2007 has been insane and manic and strange, (SU: Right.) and full of stuff that I'd really rather not deal with. And I'm afraid to say the website's one of the things that kind of went by the by. I hoped (SU: Oh.) by starting the website, which I've enjoyed so much. It's been a great way to directly communicate with the fans, and definitely the most effective way I could have found. I was getting a lot of pressure, or a lot of requests to do a fan club. From people (SU: Oh, yeah.) who wanted to run it, and people who wanted to have a fan club. And I really didn't want to do a fan club, because I thought that they're nearly never as good as they promised to be. (SU: Right.) And they're never free, and you've got to pay, and then a lot of material needs to be generated. And so I thought doing the fan site, creating that, at least it would be free, and people would feel that they were getting something. So if there was a quiet phase, then it wouldn't matter too much. I do need to update, and I will. I will.

SU: Yes, because we're dying about those W.O.M.B.A.T.'s, you know.

JKR: Oh God! Listen, (MA and SU laugh) I've got to tell you, the W.O.M.B.A.T.'s are done. I'm sorry.

SU: Oh.

JKR: There are no more W.O.M.B.A.T.'s.

SU: Okay.

JKR: I'm sorry.

JKR: I did- You know, I worked really hard on those W.O.M.B.A.T.'s.

SU: What was the purpose of them though? Just for fun? Just to do those? I mean, why did you- We felt like, oh man!

JKR: I'll tell you what it was. And this is kind of sad. (SU: Yeah. I was told that it would be very unwise to put hints about Hallows on my site, because we've had enormous trouble in Half-Blood Prince, because I had put hints about it. And then it was argued in court by people who wanted to put the whole book on the Internet, or (SU: Oh!) press people who had (MA laughs) gotten hold of it, and wanted to put it out early. And they would- An argument would be, "Well, you put it on your site, so we have the right to put it up as well." So I was told it would be very foolish to start putting chapter headings and so on up. I would be weakening my own case against people who wanted to do spoilers. So then I started looking for something that I could give fans that wasn't foreshadowing. Although, I hope you noticed- Sorry, I'm going off on a slight tangent.

SU: Yeah.

JKR: I was going to say, to give fans stuff that wasn't foreshadowing Book Seven. But in fact, if you were (MA:Mm-hm.) paying attention, W.O.M.B.A.T. Three had loads of stuff from Book Seven in it. (laughs) And no one knew, (SU: Yeah.) and no one realized (MA, SU, and JN laugh) including the lawyers. Yay! So I win. (MA laughs)

SU: Yay! And Jo wins! Yes, you do. You go, girl! That's awesome.

JKR: Thank you.

MA:Jo against the lawyers. Oh, that's funny.

JKR: Actually there was a whole lot of stuff in W.O.M.B.A.T. Three that was taken from Seven. And people picked up on it, on some of it. I had some stuff in there about Gryffindor's sword and a few other things. So.

MA:Will you put up the answers so that people can kind of figure it out?

JKR: You know, I could. I could put it. Would you like that? Would that-

SU: Yes, please!

MA:Oh, we'd love that.

JKR: That would be fun? (JN laughs) Okay, that would be cool. But it did amuse me. I can't remember, someone gave- Wait, wait. Some site gave a guide to what you should be putting, and I think people who followed their advice were not getting the top marks, so...(JN laughs) Anyway, they-

JN: I mean, I got an O on all of mine. (SU: He didn't! MA:Uh-huh. John, I'm sure.) So I didn't really need the answers.

JKR: Did you? Well the embarrassing thing is my husband only got Acceptable, and he was in the room while I was writing the questions. (MA and SU laugh) And was listening to me telling him the answers, so (SU: (laughing) That's awesome.) what that tells about how much my husband listens to me, I shudder to think.

JN: That sounds very much like a Hermione-Ron kind of thing.

JKR: Yeah.

MA:Yes it does.

JKR: We have our moments, believe you me. Yeah. So he (JN laughs) got an Acceptable, and then got discouraged, and didn't take another one. (laughs)

SU: Yeah.

JN: Aw.

MA:Oh, that's very Ron.

JKR: Yeah.

SU: Oh, (MA:Well, did...) speaking of Ron and Hermione-

JKR: Yeah, did they graduate from Hogwarts?

SU: Yes. Did they?

JKR: Harry and Ron didn't go back. Hermione did.

SU: (gasps) Ooo!

MA:Oh my-

JKR: Did you bet right? I mean, come on, nobody's going to think Hermione wouldn't go back.

SU: I predicted. Yeah.

JKR: Of course she'd go back. She has to get her N.E.W.T.s. Ron was really done with schooling (laughs). I think that (SU: Yeah.) it would be kind of tempting to go back just to mess around for a year and have a break, but he goes (JN: Yeah.) into the Auror Department. He's needed. Anyone who was in that battle the right side. Kingsley would want them to help clean up the- I mean anyone who's old enough to do it, who's over age (JN: Hm.), but Kinglsey would have wanted Ron, Neville, Harry, and they would've all gone, and they would've all done the job. And I think that would've been a good thing for them too, because to go through that battle, and them be relegated to the sidelines, I think they would've felt a need to keep going, and finish the job. So that would've have been rounding up the corrupt people who were doing a Lucius Malfoy, and trying to pretend that they really weren't involved.

SU: Wow!

JN: Wow. Yeah, we had all been thinking perhaps these big complicated- Well we always over complicate things. Like (JKR: Yeah you do (laughs) do that.), they do this distance learning kind of thing (JKR laughs) where (JKR: Kwikspell course!) they finish school from home (JKR: (laughing) Yeah.). Yes, exactly.


SU: And with Filch.

MA:We were imagining Hermione on the back of the dragon on the Deluxe Edition doing her N.E.W.T.

SU: Yeah we did!

MA:You know?

SU: It was funny.

JKR: No, she would definitely, definitely go back. And she would want to graduate, and I think that she was- I mean,I love Hermione. She went with Ron and Harry because she has a really good heart. That's not about brain. Ultimately, she had a bigger heart than she had a brain and that's saying something for Hermione. But did she- Was she naturally drawn to battle? No, she wasn't. She's not a Bellatrix. She's not a woman who actually wants to be hurting, fighting, killing. Not at all. She would be glad to go back to school, be glad to get back to study, and then would join them at the Ministry.

JN: Now, you know what I'm curious about now (SU: Mm-hm.), is that one of the neatest things about the Hogwarts tradition is the entrance ceremony, from the whole riding the boats to the castle to the sorting ceremony. What kind of traditions is there for graduation, and leaving Hogwarts?

JKR: Do you know, John, I'm really glad you asked that, because I felt a huge sadness that I wouldn't write a graduation scene.

JN: Yeah.

JKR: Yeah, I really did. I knew, I mean I knew from early days that we were never going to see them graduate. I knew that he would, well not he, but they, all three of them would not- We would not see them at school during what should've been their final year of education, but I really, during the final book, kept thinking it would've been- It felt sad that the book wasn't going to end with that feast scene, the graduation scene, but it couldn't, it just couldn't. That's not the way it could've ended. It would've felt far too trite, and a lot of people felt the epilogue was too sentimental. I think to have a graduation scene on top of what just (SU: Yeah.) happened would've been absurd (SU laughs) (JN: Aw.) anticlimax.

JN: Did you have ideas for kind of traditions they would do, like ride the boats back out of Hogwarts (JKR: Oh yeah definitely!) or something? Because I know I'm not as good as thinking these things.

JKR: The boats would've been the most poetic and beautiful way to for them to leave, and symbolic in that they- Harry would have seen the Threstrals again. You know what I mean? It would've been a return to innocence really, and passage of water is so symbolic, in history of magic. So yeah (JN: Yeah.), I think it would've been great.

MA:Jo, you just hit on something that happens all the time here on PotterCast. John says- He throws out some nonsense thing he just thought of off the top of his head...

JKR: And then it turns out to be accurate.

MA:And then it's the perfect thing, and it turns out to be accurate. I can't tell you how much he got right in Deathly Hallows.

JKR: I think I find that very interesting because I- It's often those things that strike you like lightening that are the right things. Sometimes you have to work very hard for something, and finally something shifts in your brain, and you just say, "Yeah! Yes, of course, that's it," but I love it, and there's no better feeling when it just comes out of nowhere, and you think, "Ah perfect! Thank you."

JN: Don't forget to tune in next week guys for Part Two with J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter: We've missed it!

John from Michigan: Dobby is freeee!

Voldemort: I confess myself...disappointed.

Hermione Granger: Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to bed.

Lockhart: Great Scott! No wonder look at the time we've been here nearly four hours. Spooky how the time flies when one's having fun. Heh.

JN: This weeks PotterCast was produced by the PotterCast trio and Stede Bonnet. Thanks as always to our awesome Transcription Elves for transcribing this and all our other episodes on For more information about the show and how to contact us and be apart of future episodes, visit

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Entrada Autor: kiddy » dl. des. 24, 2007 12:51 am

És molt llarga l'entrevista! I costa una mica pillar de què va al principi. Me n'he llegit la meitat aproximadament, aviam si demà l'acabo :)
A més, va molt bé això de tenir-la en veu i transcrita, em servirà per practicar xD

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La Rowling ha obert la porta de la Sala de la Necessitat de la seva web per mostrar-nos una llista més ampliada dels noms dels descendents dels protagonistes del setè llibre :mrgreen:


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Entrada Autor: clara_cat » dc. gen. 02, 2008 11:05 am

Uoooooooooo!! està molt bé aquest arbre i és bastant complet, ens falta saber qui és en Ralf de la Luna i perquè en Charlie no es casa. També hi podria haver inclos en Neville. A més hem descobert que en James és diu James Sirius cosa que m'ha fet molta il·lusió tot i que tots tenen masses noms no? L'entrevista està molt bé però sabeu quan sortira la segona part?
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Entrada Autor: Padfoot » dc. gen. 02, 2008 12:05 pm

En Ralf aquest sembla que és un besnét, rebesnét o alguna cosa així d'en Newt Scamander (que ara mateix no sé com es diu en català xD)

La segona part de l'entrevista ja és pot escoltar aquí: però la transcripció encara no està disponible. Es parla de tot això (tot i que bastant breument de la majoria de coses):
Dogs on her web site
The wallpaper
Rude words and rubbish
Carnegie Hall redux
What’s in the Love Room?
Love raising people to the heights of absolute heroism, and foolishness
What exactly did Alan Rickman know and when?
Snape – was he truly meant to be in Slytherin?
The Potter Park – she’s “very very very involved.”
“Personally, I think it will be the best thing in the world of it’s type, having seen what I’ve seen.”
What happened to Florean Fortescue?
Wand lore
Hagrid did not create Thestrals
Wands as sentient beings
Albus Potter and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
How the documentary happened
JK Rowling and the Changing Haircuts
“My Name is Lily Potter. You thought I was dead. You were wrong.”
“My name is Hedwig…”
Fred? “Whatever,” says John

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Transcripció de la segona part de l'entrevista:
SU: We have to ask this, or we’ll get yelled at: Draco Malfoy. (JKR: Yeah?) did he graduate, and who did he marry? It wasn’t Pansy right? Or was it?

JKR: No! God, it wasn’t Pansy Parkinson! I loath that girl. (JN and su laugh) I don’t love Draco but I really dislike her. She’s every girl who ever teased me at school, she’s the anti-Hermione. I loathe her. Yes, sorry, sidetracked there by my latent bitterness…

SU: (laughs) No, it’s awesome!

JKR: Yeah, he married Astoria Greengrass.

SU: Really? Check her name. Love it!

MA: Greengrass sounds familiar.

JKR: Younger sister of Daphne, so she’s two years younger then he was at Hogwarts and you- yeah, anyway, there you are, that’s who he marries.

JN: Hmm…

JKR: Hmm…

MA: Speaking of Gryffindor- students, do you have the name of those two Gryffindor girls?

JKR: Oh, God. (laughs)

SU: Pressure’s on!

JKR: Do you know what? I swear to you, I will find the damn notebook, (ma laughs) and I will put it on my website. I will put it on my website, (SU: Woo hoo!) that will be my gift to you.

JN: Your whole notebook? (laugh)

JKR: No, are you mad? (All laugh) (SU: That’d be awesome.) That’s for the Scottish Book. No.

JN: Of course, yeah.

JKR: Just the two names. I will put two names up.

MA: It’s just so funny because this thing has been- you know, it’s been, like, five years or something, just that question.

JKR: Yes, it’s been- exactly. We’ve been talking about that for four years, I think it is now.

JN: I’m sure it’s not going to shatter the Earth, or anything, once we figure out who it is.

JKR: No, to be honest, I really don’t think it will, (MA: No, no.) because I never mentioned them once in the canon, so…

MA: Yeah, it’s just a funny little…you know.

JN: Yeah, okay. So, most important question: did they sample a recording of your dog for when they did your website?

SU: John, listen to you!

JKR: You know what, I think they did! (ma sighs) My website is really- that’s not my wallpaper, I would really like the opportunity to say my taste is not that bad. (su laughs) That’s not good wallpaper.

SU: Awesome! (applauding) Thank you Jo!

JKR: And with no offence to the guy who did the design, but loads of it’s really accurate. Under the desk, all the- I nearly used a very rude word- all the rubbish on the floor, (JN, ma and su laugh) and on the desk was taken from life. They took a photograph of my desk in its actual…

JN: Do you actually have a “Do Not Disturb” sign?

JKR: Do you know what, I now do, because I took one out of the Balmoral Hotel where I finished Deathly Hallows.

SU: (gasp) Oh! Awesome!

JN: Brilliant!

JKR: So I’ve got a- I now have a “Do Not Disturb” sign from that hotel on the door of my study, yeah.

MA: (laughs) Very nice.

JN: I don’t know if you recognized, when we gave you that little basket in New York, we had done up some “Do Not Disturb” signs, (JKR: I noticed!) in the same design of your site for everybody.

JKR: It was very, very, very cool, thank you. It was great seeing you all there. That was the best event I’ve ever done. I loved that event.

SU: It was extraordinary.

JN: That was so much fun.

MA: It was fantastic just being there for those moments. And you were just on a roll, Jo, you just…

JKR: Do you know, the sense of liberation, I cannot- no one, no one, and I mean that. maybe Stephen King. Stephen King maybe knows what it feels like, but I think that anyone who can im- I mean how- you cannot imagine what it feels like, after seventeen years, to be finished, both in a good way and in a bad way. It was so much part of my life. Now I know that millions of people feel huge ownership over the world now, and that’s a wonderful thing that they do. They simply can’t feel it the way I felt it. I know where I was when I wrote every part of those books. I know where I was when I thought of Quidditch, and made up Professor Sprout, and all of these things inextricably linked with stuff that was going on in my life at the time, and Harry really saved me during some bleak moments in my life, so it’s been massive saying goodbye. But the upside, you saw the upside at Carnegie Hall, and that was- you can ask me, readers can now ask me anything and I don’t have to say “You’ll find that out in Book Five,” “I can’t tell you that, (SU: Yeah!) it’s important for the ending of Book Seven”, “Oh, what a good question! (JN: Yeah!) What a shame, you’ll find out in the next book.” You know, all that rubbish which I never- no author wants to be constantly putting people off, when it’s very flattering that they want to know, but equally, you know, the author knows how much pleasure you’ll be ruining if you do spill the beans, three years early. (SU: Right.) (JN: sure.) So yeah, but that night, I was on a roll, you’re right, because I had the best questions and the most amazing crowd turned up, they were- that was a really magical night for me. Hmm, magical, the adjective that is most often used in connection with )Harry Potter. (ma laughs) Well, it’s such a clichÈ, but it was, that night was.

JN: Yeah.

SU: Well, we have a lot of questions still for you, Jo. Like stuff about that mysterious Department of Mysteries. Can you tell us what was in the Love room? (MA: Oh yeah.) I mean…

MA: (laughs) We’ll just call it the Love room.

JKR: (laughs) What was that mysterious room we don’t know what it was in- the Love room? Yes, it was the…

SU: Yeah. (All laugh) Thank you. (JKR: Well…) See, I told you, I’m in Hufflepuff, you know I’m not…

JKR: No, no, no, I think what’s in the Love room, it’s the place where they study what love means. So that room, I believe, would have at its center a kind of fountain or well containing a love potion, a very powerful love potion. You know that the first time they ever enter Slughorn’s Potions (SU: Yes.) class, and he starts talking about Amortentia, the love potion, and he says it’s the most dangerous one in the room, well, that’s what they would have found in the Love room.

SU: Oh…

JN: Interesting.

JKR: So you would see wizards and witches taking it, they would study the effects. The room of course has to be locked. And, you know, again, there’s this thread running through the books, what love does, and it raises people to the heights of absolute heroism, (SU: It does.) as in Lily, Harry, Neville, and it also leads them into acts of foolishness and even evil, which is Bellatrix and also Dumbledore. He became foolish, he lost his center, his moral center, when he became infatuated. So that’s what it does, that’s what makes it dangerous. In Bellatrix it was- as I think is clear, but I doubt that people will be particularly shocked to hear- because I’m sure they’ve deduced that Bellatrix is madly romantically in love with Voldemort. This is, that’s the obsession of her life. (SU: Yeah, yeah.) And I believe that Helena Bonham Carter had to be asked to tone it down after she was- (All laugh) the producer called me and said, “Give me some background on Bellatrix so we can tell Helena about it,” and I said, “Well, of course, it’s a sexual attraction, she’s madly in love with this man and obsessed by him.” (laughs) And apparently, they had to ask her to bring it down because she was being a bit too sexy. (ma laughs)

SU: Wow, that’s so awesome. You know, you mention the movies. Somebody who’s most amazing in the movies is Alan Rickman as Snape.

JKR: Yeah, definitely.

SU: How- he’s so good. How soon did you tell him about his character? I mean, how much did he know? Did he know?

JKR: He knew very early on that he’d been in love with Lily, because I told him so. (su sighs) We needed to have a conversation early on. He needed to understand, I think, and does completely understand and did completely understand where this bitterness towards this boy who’s living of her preference for another man came from. (JN: Yeah.) (MA: Hmm…) Yeah, I told him that. He was the only person who knew that for a long, long time.

SU: That’s amazing.

JKR: Yep.

SU: He’s so good. You know, Snape is so amazing, was he truly meant to be in Slytherin, Snape?

JKR: Yes, God, yes, definitely, at the time that he was sorted. I believe what Dumbledore believes when he says to Snape in the very last book, “Sometimes I think we sort too soon.” To judge someone at the age of eleven, to judge them, to set their future course so young seems to me to be a very harsh thing to do. And it doesn’t take into account the fact that we do change and evolve. A lot of people are at forty what they were at eleven, having said that, so I think Sorting Hat is shrewd, but Snape does redeem himself and (SU: Yeah.) it fails to take that into account. But then again, you could turn that on his head and say, “But maybe, with these people being sorted into Slytherin, someone who has the capacity to change themselves might also have the capacity to change Slytherin.”

SU: Yeah. Wow.

MA: Hmm….

JN: And how much is it that being sorted into Slytherin is, you know, sorted into good guys and bad guys here?

JKR: Well, they’re not all bad, that would- I know I’ve said this before, (JN: Yeah, I remember.) and I think I said it to Emerson, they are not all bad, and, well, far from it. As we know, at the end, they may have (laughs) a slightly more highly developed sense of self-preservation then other people because…

SU: Yeah, right.

JN: Yeah.

JKR: A part of the final battle that made me smile was Slughorn galloping back with Slytherins, (SU: Yes!) (JN laughs) but they’d gone off to get reinforcements first, you know what I’m saying? But yes, they came back, they came back to fight, so I mean- but I’m sure that many people would say “Well, that’s common sense, isn’t it? Isn’t that smart, to get out, get more people and come back with them?”

JN: Yeah.

JKR: It’s the old saying, (SU: Just…) “There is no truth, (JN: I believe it.) there are only points of view.”

SU: Yeah.

JN: Well, sue, you had started to get into the movies, and (SU: Yeah.) Jo was talking about being involved here and there in things. One of the things that I know a lot of fans are talking about, and it’s something that is sure to sustain all of the excitement and fun from Harry Potter, is the upcoming theme park attraction in Orlando.

JKR: How strange you mention that. I was just looking at some things to do with that right before the auction happened this morning. So I’ve been looking at stuff (MA: Oh!) to do with that today.

MA: Care to share?

JKR: Well… (ma and su laugh)

SU: Yeah. Care to share?

JN: We’ve all been wondering how involved- where you’ve been involved with. I know there’s been rumors about some kind of theme park sort of thing happening for years. (JKR: Mm-hm.) To announce this one when they did recently, and everybody’s dying to know what to expect and how much of it is going to have the Jo touch.

JKR: I would have to say a lot of it’s going to have the Jo touch because I’ve been very, very, very involved. Which has been amazing. And Universal, I think I’m right in saying, and I know I may sound confused, but it is a very confusing issue. But I think I’m right in saying that these rights were Warner Bros., and not mine. However, Warner Bros. asked me, “Did I want it to happen?” And I think they have been amazing in that respect. As the underlying creator, as it’s known in legal terms, as the underlying creator of the series, they came to me and they asked me what I felt about it and we- there were a few things that I really wanted to happen if it went ahead. And the key, the key thing for me was that, if there was to be a theme park, that Stuart Craig, who is the production designer on the films, would be involved. I mean, more than involved, that he would pretty much design it. (JN: Yeah.) Because I love the look of the films; they really mirror what’s been in my imagination for all these years. And I just think he’s done an incredible job. And he’s an Oscar-winning, (SU: Yeah.) very well-known guy in the industry, so it’s not just me who thinks that. And he did consent to get involved, so I truly think that walking into the theme park will be as close as you will ever get to walking onto the film set, or to walking into Hogsmeade. Better, of course, because it’s 3D, and you can walk around the corner and look at the back, and it’s going to be quite incredible. I really believe that, and personally, I think it will be the best thing in the world of its type, having seen what I’ve seen.

JN: Definitely. We’ve been studying those pictures that they put out of that artwork and we’re all very, very excited.

JKR: It’s extraordinary. I can’t, obviously, I can’t go into detail about what they’re going to do, but they’re…I’ve really (JN: Yeah.) seen a lot of stuff, and I think it’s going to be wonderful and very well done. And I think that fans will not be at all disappointed. Quite the reverse.

JN: Awesome.

MA: Jo, as long as you put in a good word for us to be the bartenders at the Leaky Cauldron… (JN laughs)

JKR: Yes, it’s going to be a difficult job, though. (ma laughs) I think there’s going to be a fair amount of traffic. You might want to rethink that one.

MA: Yeah. (ma and JN laugh) For like a day. (ma and JKR laugh) (JKR: Yeah.) We’ll make some butterbeer, take a picture, and (laughs) it’ll be done. I had to ask you. It’s a little thing. It’s just been on my mind. What happened to Florean Fortescue?

JKR: He was killed.

JN: Aw.

JKR: Yeah, I know. (MA: Ice cream man!) I didn’t want that to happen. Bizarrely, my best friend, after I named Florean Fortescue, she went and met, and is soon to marry, a guy called Florean, which is very bizarre because it’s not a very common (SU: No.) name, is it? (JN laughs) Because of him, I was very attached to Florean Fortescue. But, yeah, he died. He died.

MA: Why? He was an ice cream man. What happened?

JKR: The Scottish Book (SU: Yeah.) will reveal, (ma laughs) there was more to that then subsequently made it into the books. It was one of those little subplots that had to be sacrificed because it was not really leading anywhere, but I did have a subplot planned for Florean, (SU: Wow.) and it was to do with the Elder Wand, so I will definitely put that into the Encyclopedia.

MA: Speaking of the Elder Wand…

JKR: Yeah?

MA: Can we talk about wandlore a little bit?

JKR: Absolutely. Oh, thestrals (SU: Yes.) I noticed there was immediate angst about the fact that there was thestral hair in the middle of the Elder Wand, because people were saying, “But Hagrid bred thestrals.” But he didn’t. He just bred the Hogwarts thestrals. (JN laughs) Just to make that clear.

JN: Come on people, (ma snickers) there’s a bigger world out there than Hagrid’s backyard.

JKR: Yeah, exactly. The only thing Hagrid has ever created are Blast-Ended Skrewts, (JN laughs) and I think we can all agree that he should never attempt to create species ever again. So no, he didn’t create dragons or thestrals, but he may have bred particular members of the species.

JN: I’ve been told my Patronus is a Blast-Ended Skrewt. (SU: That’s what I think it is.) I don’t know what that says about me.

JKR: I think of one thing it might say about you, (ma and JN laugh) but I’ve never been in a room long enough with you to be able to tell.

SU: Oh! Yes! Jo, (ma laughs) that actually holds true, too. He loves burritos. (JKR: Does he really?) Just saying.

JN: Hey!

JKR: Let’s not go there. You’re absolutely right.

MA: Aw, don’t with the burritos!

SU: That’s a PotterCast thing. We love food on the show, (MA: Unfortunately.) we talk about food a lot.

MA: Quite a lot. But wandlore. Can you go into in a more detailed fashion the way wands change hands, and how different the Elder Wand is? Because the fans are confused.

JKR: I am going to put up another update on my website about this, and I have one half-written. Essentially, I see wands as being quasi-sentient. I think they awaken to a kind of- They’re not exactly animate, but they’re close to it, as close to it as you can get in an object, because they carry so much magic. So that’s really the key point about a wand. Now, the reactions will vary from wand to wand. The Elder Wand is simply the most dispassionate and ruthless of wands, in that it will only take into consideration strength. So one will expect a certain amount of loyalty from one’s wand. So even if you were disarmed while carrying it, even if you lost a fight while carrying it, it has developed an affinity with you that it will not give up easily. If, however, a wand is won, properly won in an adult duel, then a wand may switch allegiance, and it will certainly work better, even if it hasn’t fully switched allegiance, for the person who won it. So that, of course, is what happens when Harry takes Draco’s wand from him. And that’s what happens when- But you know what I mean? (MA: Mm-hm.) (SU: Yeah.) Oh yeah, Ron, (MA: Yeah.) the Blackthorn wand, from the snatcher. So that would be sort of rough and ready, common or garden, a wand favoring the person who had the skill to take it, it would favor them. However, the Elder Wand knows no loyalty except strength, so it’s completely unsentimental. It will only go where the power is. So if you win, then you’ve won the wand. So you don’t need to kill with it, but as it’s pointed out in the books, not least by Dumbledore, because it is a wand of such immense power, almost inevitably, it attracts wizards who are prepared to kill, and who will kill. And also, it attracts wizards like Voldemort who confuse being prepared to murder with strength. (JN: Interesting.) Does that clarify anything?

JN: Yeah! And we’re looking forward to reading your thing on it, too. We hopefully didn’t…

MA: Step on it too badly?

JN: Yeah.

JKR: No, I don’t think so, I mean, I have been asked a lot of times, what about dueling club and so on? I think it’s clear there that in practice, where there’s no real weight attached to the transference of a wand, where it’s almost done for fun or purely for competition, there’s no enormous significance attached in either wizards mind, to a wand flying out of someone’s hand. But there are situations in which the emotional state of wizards, where a lot hangs on a duel. That’s something different. That’s about real power, and that’s about a transference that will have far reaching effects in some cases. So I think the wand would behave differently then.

JN: Very cool. One thing that I wanted to make sure that we got to aske you. In fifteen years time, when the release of Albus Severus and the Return to the Dark Forest comes out…

JKR: Yeah, Albus Potter and the... (SU: Right. Yeah, exactly.) Book They Said Will Never Happen. (JN laughs)

MA: (laughs) Exactly.

JN: Wow, did I not actually have a question? Was that just a joke? What a waste of everybody’s time. (Everyone laughs) I’m fired. (JKR: Go on.) Come on Melissa, save me.

MA: (laughs) How much of the next generation do you have worked out?

JKR: You’ll see when you watch, or if you watch, the documentary that I’ve been doing, that I’ve been filmed for, (JN: Oh, very cool!) because I do talk about that quite a lot. (JN: Excellent.) I have a lot of the next generation worked out. It’s me; how could I not? (JN laughs)

MA: (laughing) That’s great.

JN: Oh, this is too fun.

MA: We can’t wait to see that!

JKR: I hope you enjoy it! The reason for doing it was a lot of people had come to me and said, “We want to do a ‘Ten Years of Harry Potter’ special programme,” and they had all these different things. And for once I was ahead of the game, and a year previously, I had found a guy who I thought would just do a great documentary, a very honest documentary, someone I got on with well, which is James Runcie, and he’s also an author, so he really understood my life at a certain level that some interviewers don’t. So we were filming for a year, and it was good. This was a situation that I felt, as I do with the Scottish Book, that if you’re going to do it then it should be done right. And I wanted to do something hoenst, and it was very nice to be able to answer questions on screen looking back at the full experience, rather than still living the experience as it was going on.

SU: I can’t wait to see it. I think it’s fabulous. I think people will be just thrilled. Thank you for doing it.

JKR: Thank you. I think it will answer some questions, which will be good. It’s good to look behind the scenes, in a way, and you see my haircut change a lot in here. It’s very weird, looking back.

JN: Aw.

JKR: Anyways…

MA: We know you’re short on time…

JKR: I am. I’m sorry!

MA: No, Jo-

JN: Don’t you dare apologize for anything. This has been amazing!

JKR: I’ve really loved it.

MA: I want to tell you one quick thing. We had a test, before Book Seven came out. (JKR: Mm-hm.) We gave the fans 400 questions. (Yeah.) We asked them to guess what they thought would happen in Deathly Hallows, and out of 400 questions, our top winner got 350 of them correct. (JKR gasps) He says his name is Ricky Carter, and he’s from Edinburough, but I thought for a moment (su laughs) it might have just been your husband, but after what you told us about the W.O.M.B.A.T.s…

JKR: No, there’s not a chance it was Neil, and I know he won’t mind me saying that.

MA: But yeah, 350 questions out of 400.

JKR: That is very, very impressive.

JN: What was his name Melissa?

MA: Ricky Carter.

JN: Oh okay, good job Ricky, Carter.

JKR: Yeah, good job. No, that’s excellent. You know, it would’ve been- I mean… (Sighs) People should have been able to guess a lot, otherwise I haven’t done my job properly, or I’ve cheated the reader. The clues were there. A lot of the clues were there. But I think there were surprises. I don’t think (SU: Yeah.) a lot of people expected Dobby… (MA: Or Hedwig!) but I had very good reasons for doing it.

MA: Hedwig.

JKR: I’m sorry.

JN: Hedwig’s alive. Hedwig was part phoenix. (SU: Come on, Jo.) You haven’t heard any of this?

JKR: Oh dear God. Do you know what? That is the thing. I have virtually never read fan fiction. It’s a tricky area, generally, for me. But it’s those fan fictions that begin, because I’ve seen opening lines, (su laughs) “My name is Lily Potter, and you thought I was dead. You were wrong.” (Everyone laughs)

SU: That’s awesome!

JKR: Mm-hm. Great opening! So there are so many that start like that out there, there must be one out there somewhere, “My name is Hedwig. As I fell through the icy night sky…” Yes.

SU: Yeah.

MA: “You were wrong.”

JKR: “You were wrong.”

MA: There’s a lot of theories about Hedwig, but all in fun, all in the idea that yes, we know she’s…

JKR: No, that’s cool. The fun stuff is very, very, very funny. I have frequently laughed myself stupid reading some things. Letters I get are- Weah, they’re amazing.

MA: Jo, will you promise to come back?

JKR: Do you know what? I will promise that, because I would love to come back. I’ve had so much fun.

SU: Thank you so much! (MA: Thank you so much.) Wow.

JN: We’ve had an awesome time!

JKR: It’s been great. I’ve had an awesome time, too. So I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas, or whichever other religious festival you are keeping.

JN: Thank you. Well you know how we usually wrap the show up, Jo? We took a little inspiration from you, and we end it like we end Potterwatch.

SU: We love that.

JKR: Oh, did you like Potterwatch?

JN: We had very big grins on when we read about Potterwatch.

JKR: Poor Fred.

MA: Poor Fred- Jo!

JN: Poor Fred fans! We didn’t even bring up Fred. Whatever. Next time.

JKR: (laughs) Whatever.

JN: (laughs) Next time.

MA: I’ve got my hands over my face, and John’s like, “Whatever.”

JN: I love Fred.

SU: He has a pet armadillo named Fred, even.

JKR: I know.

JN: I mean, I was torn up about Charity after all this, but… (JKR laughs) ‘Til next time guys, keep twiddling those dials.

JKR: The next password will be “Horcri.”

SU: Keep each other safe.

MA: Keep faith.

All: Goodnight.

JN: This weeks’ PotterCast was produced by the PotterCast trio and Stede Bonnett. Thanks, as always, to our awesome Transcription Elves for transcribing this and all our other episodes on For more information about the show and how to contact us, and be a part of future episodes, visit

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Re: Declaracions de la Rowling: enciclopèdia i no-morts

Entrada Autor: Marc Riera » dv. gen. 11, 2008 7:25 pm

Acabo de trobar això a laMalla:
L'escriptora britànica JK Rowling ha explicat que no descarta escriure una octava novel·la de Harry Potter, tot i que ha precisat que no serà en els propers deu anys. L'autora, que sempre ha declarat que la sèrie de Potter conclouria en la sèptima part, publicada en anglès aquest any, ha senyalat que si es decidís a escriure aquest vuitè llibre, probablement no hi inclouria al propi Harry. "Tinc la sensació que ja he explicat la seva història.

En una entrevista concedida al suplement dominical del Times, Rowling ha admès que ha experimentat "moments de debilitat" en què s'ha plantejat fer el vuitè llibre de la saga. Però ha especificat que es tracta només de "grans hipòtesis" i que no passarà en els propers deu anys.
Una mica contradictori amb el que ha dit fins ara, no? Per cert, la notícia és del dia 30/12/2007... :think: ... ?id=186021

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Entrada Autor: lanark » dv. gen. 11, 2008 11:43 pm

Vaja, pareix que la Jotakà s'ho ha repensat...
La veritat es que després de tot el que ens ha estat diguent de que no hi hauria més llibres de Harry Potter després de DH que ara ens vinga amb açò... :think: No sé que pensar, la veritat...
Supose que harà pensat que, quan d'ací 10 li comence a minvar la fortuna i no se'n parle tant d'ella, el més apropiat seria tornar a escriure sobre Harry Potter (encara que no hi aparega Harry... :? ), rememorant els vells temps.
Ai, la Rowling aquesta de cada dia ens sorprén més!
No hi ha camí per a la llibertat, la llibertat és el camí

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Entrada Autor: Padfoot » dv. gen. 11, 2008 11:55 pm

A mi o m'ensenyen les declaracions de la Rowling en persona o no m'ho crec xD

Si us mireu el documental que va gravar la Rowling fa uns mesos, quan li pregunten això mateix sembla que en dubta una mica, però al final deixa ben clar que no, que no vol caure en la temptació de seguir escrivint sobre HP...

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Entrada Autor: Meitantei_Guille » ds. gen. 12, 2008 1:28 am

Doncs jo vaig llegir una columna de La Vanguardia que deia que no descartava escriure un 8è llibre però que si l' arribés a escriure seria d' aquí a 10 anys i que no estaria centrat en el Harry ja que diu que ja ha explicat tota la seva vida... :roll:

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Entrada Autor: Lena » ds. gen. 12, 2008 10:15 am

Jo he llegit mes d'una vegada que estava preparant oi té intenció de fer un 8è hp, pero, clar ?¿qui s'ho creu llegint-ho a "el metro"xddd¿?

Doncs vaja, la rowling. ara sembla que encara vol ser mes rica.

espero q no el faci, perquè si ja va dir que set i prou... prou-prou-prouxdd

i despres vindria el 9è, i el 10è, i l11è...

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Re: Declaracions de la Rowling: enciclopèdia i no-morts

Entrada Autor: HpConan » ds. gen. 12, 2008 10:16 am

Però és que això ja ho va dir fa molt de temps, eh?

No es tractaria d'un "vuitè llibre d'HP", perquè la història no aniria d'Hp. El que va dir és que no descartava la possibilitat d'escriure alguna història més en aquell món màgic que ja té creat.
PErò no és ben bé un "vuitè" d'Hp.
Harry Potter no era un noi normal per moltes raons. Per començar, perquè l'època de l'any que menys li agradava eren les vacances d'estiu. Després, perquè tenia moltes ganes de fer els deures. A més, era bruixot.