Possible SPOILERS in the links below. Continue at your own risk.
J.K. Rowling had an Internet discussion on Monday. It was at 8:00 A.M. my time, not the best of times for me, but her British publisher, the host of the event, has posted a transcript on the Internet. Some interesting reveals, and possible conflicts with things she said last week on the Today show…hmmm. Here’s the link to the site, then select the option for the July 30, 2007 webchat. (Or go to the extended link below where I’ll copy the transcript. Hopefully Bloomsbury won’t mind that…it’s not for commercial gain or use…just sharing the information that’s on theirs and other sites already.)
The Today show has posted more information and videos from their interview, which aired on the Today show and Dateline.
- Interesting information here about mastering the Elder’s Wand, the sword’s ownership, and the 19-year gap.
- Transcript of the Dateline interview is here with links to the show’s videos in the right margin.
Below is a copy of the transcript of J.K. Rowling’s webchat held on July 30, 2007. The webchat was hosted by Bloomsbury, Rowling’s British publisher. They own content, not me.
J.K. Rowling: I’m
here and I can’t wait! Bring on the questions!
Leaky Cauldron: What, if anything, did the wizarding world
learn, and how did society change, as a direct result of the war with
Voldemort? (i.e., not as a result of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s future careers.)
J.K. Rowling: The Ministry of Magic was de-corrupted, and
with Kingsley at the helm the discrimination that was always latent there was
eradicated. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny et al would of course play a
significant part in the re-building of wizarding society through their future
Ryan Love: From your fans at www.thesnitch.co.uk.
Weren’t we supposed to see Ginny display powerful magical abilities in Deathly
Hallows and find out why it’s significant that she’s the seventh child?
Was her main role in the books only to be Harry’s love interest?
J.K. Rowling: Hi Ryan! Well, I think Ginny demonstrated
powerful magic in the final battle, and that for a sixteen year old witch she
acquitted herself pretty well. I don’t remember ever saying that her ‘seventh
child’ status would prove particularly important in the last book, though
— are you sure I said that?!
Did Lucius Malfoy, and all the other escaped Death Eaters, go back to Azkaban?
J.K. Rowling: No, the Malfoys weaseled their way out of
trouble (again) due to the fact that they colluded (albeit out of
self-interest) with Harry at the end of the battle.
Elisabeth: In the chapter of Kings Cross, are they behind
the veil or in some world between the real world and the veil?
J.K. Rowling: You can make up your own mind on this, but I
think that Harry entered a kind of limbo between life and death.
Renee: From reading about the original owners of the
Deathly Hallows, the Peverell brothers, I’m wondering if Harry and Voldermort
are distantly related Voldermorts grandfather ended up with the resurrection
J.K. Rowling: Yes, Harry and Voldemort are distantly
related through the Peverells. Of course, nearly all wizarding
families are related if you trace them back through the centuries. As was made
clear in Deathly Hallows, Peverell blood would run through many
Fomy: What did you feel when you finally wrote the kiss,
awaited so much by the fans, of Ron and Hermione
J.K. Rowling: I loved writing it, and I loved the fact that
Hermione took the initiative! Ron had finally got SPEW
and earned himself a snog!
Angela Morrissey: Why is it that Albus Dumbledore can see
Harry under his invisibility cloak at certain moments? (during the series is
the cloak only infallible to those who do not own a Deathly Hallow).
J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore, who could perform magic without
needing to say the incantation aloud, was using ‘homenum revelio’ the
human-presence-revealing spell Hermione makes use of in Deathly Hallows.
Jamie Lewis: What ever happened to Winky?
J.K. Rowling: She’s still at Hogwarts, and she was one of
the oncoming house-elves who attacked the Death Eaters in the final battle.
Katieleigh: Does Hermione still continue to do work with
Spew and is life any better for house elves!
J.K. Rowling: Hermione began her post-Hogwarts career at
the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures where
she was instrumental in greatly improving life for house-elves and their ilk.
She then moved (despite her jibe to Scrimgeour) to the Dept. of Magical Law
Enforcement where she was a progressive voice who ensured the eradication
of oppressive, pro-pureblood laws.
Tineke: Did Teddy grow up living with his grandmother?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, Teddy was raised by
Andromeda. However, unlike Neville, who was also raised by his
grandmother Teddy had his godfather, Harry, and all his father’s friends
in the Order, to visit and stay with.
Blodeuwedd: Hi jk, first of all thank you for all the books
I have enjoyed each and every one of them could you tell us what professions
Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny and Luna go on to have did the trio do their final
year at school and take their newts?
J.K. Rowling: Thank you! I’ve already answered about
Hermione. Kingsley became permanent Minister for Magic, and naturally he wanted
Harry to head up his new Auror department. Harry did so (just because
Voldemort was gone, it didn’t mean that there would not be other Dark witches and
wizards in the coming years). Ron joined George at Weasleys’ Wizarding
Wheezes, which became an enormous money-spinner… After a few years as a
celebrated player for the Holyhead Harpies, Ginny retired to have her family
and to become the Senior Quidditch correspondent at the Daily Prophet!
Camille: What or who is Peeves exactly, is he linked with
the bloody Barons story?
J.K. Rowling: No, Peeves is not linked to the bloody
Baron’s story. He is a spirit of chaos that entered the building long ago
and has proved impossible to eradicate!
Jessie: Were the Deathly Hallows based on any realworld
myth or faerie tale?
J.K. Rowling: Perhaps ‘the Pardoner’s Tale’, by Chaucer.
Alicepie: What happend to Luna, did she get married who to?
J.K. Rowling: She ended up marrying (rather later than
Harry & co) a fellow naturalist and grandson of the great Newt Scamander
Rosi: What does in essence divided mean?
J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore suspected that the snake’s essence
was divided — that it contained part of Voldemort’s soul, and that was why it
was so very adept at doing his bidding. This also explained why
Harry, the last and unintended Horcrux, could see so clearly through the
snake’s eyes, just as he regularly sees through Voldemort’s. Dumbledore
is thinking aloud here, edging towards the truth with the help of the Pensieve.
Superhans: What was Dudley’s
J.K. Rowling: I think that when Dudley was attacked by the Dementors he saw himself, for the first time, as he really
was. This was an extremely painful, but ultimately salutory lesson, and began
the transformation in him.
Casey Kunze: Who killed Remus and Tonks I think if I knew
this, I would get some closure over the very sad, but understandable, death of
two of my favorite characters.
J.K. Rowling: I’m so sorry! I met a couple on launch night
who had come dressed as Lupin and Tonks, and I felt dreadfully guilty as I
signed their books! Remus was killed by Dolohov and Tonks by
Laura Trego: Was the absence of Snape’s portrait in the
headmaster’s office in the last scene innocent or deliberate?
J.K. Rowling: It was deliberate. Snape had effectively
abandoned his post before dying, so he had not merited inclusion in these
august circles. However, I like to think that Harry would be
instrumental in ensuring that Snape’s portrait would appear there in due
Stephanie: If the wand chooses the wizard, then why do
wands work when passed down from father to son eg Neville had his fathers wand?
J.K. Rowling: As established by Ollivander, a wizard can
use almost any wand, it is simply that a wand that chooses him/her will work
best. Where there is a family connection, a wand will work a little better than
a wand chosen at random, I think.
James Farrell: How did Umbridge manage to conjure a
Patronus while wearing the locket when Harry wasn’t able to?
J.K. Rowling: Because she is a very nasty piece of work.
She has an affinity for this horrible object, which would help rather than
Tineke: What happened to Percy - did he return to his
job at the ministry?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, the new improved Percy ended up as a
high-ranking official under Kingsley.
Su: How did Neville get the Gryffindor sword, is there a
link to the hat?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, there is very definitely a link to the
hat! Neville, most worthy Gryffindor, asked for help just as Harry
did in the Chamber of secrets, and Gryffindor’s sword was transported into
Gryffindor’s old hat — the Sorting Hat was Gryffindor’s initially, as you
know. Griphook was wrong — Gryffindor did not ‘steal’ the sword, not
unless you are a goblin fanatic and believe that all goblin-made objects really
belong to the maker.
Steph: Will Azkaban still use Dementors?
J.K. Rowling: No, definitely not. Kingsley would see to
that. The use of Dementors was always a mark of the underlying corruption of
the Ministry, as Dumbledore constantly maintained.
Smallbutpowerful: On behalf of all Harry Potter fans who
consider themselves to be Hufflepuffs could you please describe the Hufflepuff
common room as it is the only common room Harry hasn’t visited.
J.K. Rowling: The Hufflepuff common room is accessed
through a portrait near the kitchens, as I am sure you have
deduced. Sorry — I should say ‘painting’ rather than portrait,
because it is a still-life. It is a very cosy and welcoming place, as
dissimilar as possible from Snape’s dungeon. Lots of yellow hangings, and fat
armchairs, and little underground tunnels leading to the dormitories, all of
which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops.
Camille: How is George getting along without his twin?
J.K. Rowling: Well, I don’t think that George would ever
get over losing Fred, which makes me feel so sad. However, he names his first
child and son Fred, and he goes on to have a very successful career, helped by
good old Ron.
Jessica Lynn: Did Hagrid have to be able to see Thestrals
in order to train them if so, whose death did Hagrid witness?
J.K. Rowling: Hagrid has seen many deaths in quite a long
life, so yes, he can see Thestrals.
Allie: What did Dumbledore truly see in the mirror of
J.K. Rowling: He saw his family alive, whole and happy —
Ariana, Percival and Kendra all returned to him, and Aberforth reconciled to
Snapedinhalf: You promised that someone will do magic late
in life in book 7. I’ve now read it three times but cant work out who it might
have been! Please help!!
J.K. Rowling: I’m sorry about this, but I changed my
mind! My very earliest plan for the story involved somebody managing to
get to Hogwarts when they had never done magic before, but I had changed my
mind by the time I’d written the third book.
Christiana: How did Voldemort get his wand back after he
was in was exile?
J.K. Rowling: Wormtail, desperate to curry favour, salvaged
it from the place it had fallen and carried it to him. I admit that would have
been a bit of a feat for a rat, but they are highly intelligent creatures!
Amanda: Hiya, I’ve grown up with Harry and the gang, did
any of the characters change in any unexpected ways as they grew up?
J.K. Rowling: They all became pretty much what I
expected/planned them to become. Of course they changed as I wrote, but
nobody surprised me very much!
Ravleen: How much does the fact that Voldemort was
conceived under a love potion have to do with his nonability to understand
love. Is it more symbolic?
J.K. Rowling: It was a symbolic way of showing that he came
from a loveless union — but of course, everything would have changed if Merope
had survived and raised him herself and loved him. The enchantment under
which Tom Riddle fathered Voldemort is important because it shows coercion, and
there can’t be many more prejudicial ways to enter the world than as the result
of such a union.
Lechicaneuronline: Do you think Snape is a hero?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, I do; though a very flawed hero. An
anti-hero, perhaps. He is not a particularly likeable man in many ways. He
remains rather cruel, a bully, riddled with bitterness and insecurity — and yet
he loved, and showed loyalty to that love and, ultimately, laid down his
life because of it. That’s pretty heroic!
James Farrell: Voldemort never told anyone about his
horcruxes, so how on earth did Regulus Black discover his secret?
J.K. Rowling: Horcrux magic was not Voldemort’s own
invention; as is established in the story, other wizards had done it, though
never gone as far as to make six. Voldemort dropped oblique hints; in his
arrogance, he did not believe anybody would be clever enough to understand
them. (He does so in the graveyard of Little Hangleton, in front of
Harry). He did this before Regulus and Regulus guessed, correctly, what it was
that made Voldemort so convinced he could not die.
Jaclyn: Did Lily ever have feelings back for Snape?
J.K. Rowling: Yes. She might even have grown to love him
romantically (she certainly loved him as a friend) if he had not loved Dark
Magic so much, and been drawn to such loathesome people and acts.
Boggo: Would you choose the Hallow that is the cloak, like
you’re supposed to, and would you be tempted to use the others?
J.K. Rowling: My temptation would be Harry’s, ie, the
Stone. But I believe, as does Harry ultimately, that the greatest wisdom is in
accepting that we must all die, and moving on.
Cornersoul: So what happens to all the Dementors where will
they go will they be destroyed if so, how?
J.K. Rowling: You cannot destroy Dementors, though you can
limit their numbers if you eradicate the conditions in which they multiply, ie,
despair and degradation. As I’ve already said, though, the Ministry no
longer used them to torment its opponents.
Michael: Why didn’t Fawkes come back to help Harry? I would
have thought that since Harry was so loyal to Dumbledore, Fawkes would have
been Harry’s new pet?
J.K. Rowling: Something had to leave the school for good
when Dumbledore died, and I decided that would be Fawkes. Dumbledore was a very
great and irreplacable man, and the loss of Fawkes (and the fact that he was
‘non-transferable’!) expresses this symbolically
Roseweasley: Why was Colin Creavey still a student at
Hogwarts when he was muggleborn surely he would have been locked up and
interogated, not allowed back to school therefore, he shouldn’t have died?
J.K. Rowling: Colin wasn’t a student. He sneaked back with
the rest of the DA, along with Fred, George and the rest. He ought not to have
stayed behind when McGonagall told him to leave, but alas — he did.
Delailah: How does Dumbledore understand Parseltongue?
J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore understood Mermish, Gobbledegook
and Parseltongue. The man was brilliant.
Jessie: Will Lockhart ever recover?
J.K. Rowling: No. Nor would I want him to. He’s happy where
he is, and I’m happier without him!
Annie: Does the wizarding world now know that snape was
Dumbledore’s man, or do they still think he did a bunk?
J.K. Rowling: Harry would ensure that Snape’s heroism was
known. Of course, that would not stop Rita Skeeter writing ‘Snape:
Scoundrel or Saint?’
Vio91: Is Teddy Lupin a werewolf?
J.K. Rowling: No, he’s a Metamorphmagus like his mother.
Nippy23: We see socks a lot throughout the series, such as
Dobby’s love for them and Dumbledore’s claim to see them in the mirror of
erised, what’s the reason behind all the socks?
J.K. Rowling: Nothing deep and significant, I’m afraid.
They’re just a comedy item.
Lady Bella: Whose murders did Voldemort use to create each
of the horcruxes?
J.K. Rowling: The diary — Moaning Myrtle. The cup —
Hepzibah Smith, the previous owner. The locket — a Muggle tramp. Nagini —
Bertha Jorkins (Voldemort could use a wand once he regained a rudimentary body,
as long as the victim was subdued). The diadem — an Albanian
peasant. The ring — Tom Riddle snr.
Sampotterish: Why did Dumbledore want Ron to keep his
J.K. Rowling: Because he knew that Ron might need a little
more guidance than the other two. Dumbledore understood Ron’s importance
in the trio. He wasn’t the most skilled, or the most intelligent, but he held
them together; his humour and his good heart were essential.
Carol: Do Dementors have souls
J.K. Rowling: No, that’s what makes them frightening!
Jess Mac: What was the third smell that Hermione smelt in
the amortentia potion in hbp (ie the particular essence of Ron)?
J.K. Rowling: I think it was his hair. Every individual has
very distinctive-smelling hair, don’t you find?
Natalie: Are house divisions as prevalaent in Harry’s
childrens’ Hogwarts as in the previous generations?
J.K. Rowling: Slytherin has become diluted. It is no longer
the pureblood bastion it once was. Nevertheless, its dark reputation lingers,
hence Albus Potter’s fears.
Nithya: Lily detested Mulciber Avery. If snape really
loved her,why didn’t he sacrifice their company for her sake?
J.K. Rowling: Well, that is Snape’s tragedy. Given his time
over again he would not have become a Death Eater, but like many insecure,
vulnerable people (like Wormtail) he craved membership of something big and
powerful, something impressive. He wanted Lily and he wanted Mulciber too.
He never really understood Lily’s aversion; he was so blinded by his attraction
to the dark side he thought she would find him impressive if he became a real
Alborz: What does it mean to be the master of Death?
J.K. Rowling: As Dumbledore explains, the real master of
Death accepts that he must die, and that there are much worse things in the
world of the living. It is not about striving for immortality, but about
Barbara: I was very disappointed to see Harry use crucio
and seem to enjoy it. His failure to perform that kind of curse in the
past has been a credit to his character why the change, and did Harry later
regret having enjoyed deliberately causing pain?
J.K. Rowling: Harry is not, and never has been, a saint.
Like Snape, he is flawed and mortal. Harry’s faults are primarily
anger and occasional arrogance. On this occasion, he is very angry
and acts accordingly. He is also in an extreme situation, and attempting to
defend somebody very good against a violent and murderous opponent.
Nicole: What do you think is the funniest moment you have
written in the series
J.K. Rowling: It sounds very vain to answer this! My
favourite in this book is probably that line of Ron’s ‘really captures the
scope and tragedy of the thing, doesn’t it?’
Courtney: What child did Harry give the marauders map to if
J.K. Rowling: I’ve got a feeling he didn’t give it to any
of them, but that James sneaked it out of his father’s desk one day.
Karin: What did Petunia wanted to say to Harry at the end
of the Dursleys departing?
J.K. Rowling: I think that for one moment she trembled on
the verge of wishing Harry luck; that she almost acknowledged that her loathing
of his world, and of him, was born out of jealousy. But she couldn’t
do it; years of pretending that ‘normal’ was best had hardened her too much.
Leaky Cauldron: Please pose and answer the question you’d
most like to address about the series! (a ha, turned it back on you.)
J.K. Rowling: Oooo, you’re tough. I must admit,
I always wondered why nobody ever asked me what Dumbledore’s wand was made
of! And I couldn’t say that, even when asked ‘what do you wish you’d
been asked…’ because it would have sign-posted just how significant that wand
Nora: Is Auntie Muriel’s tiara important?
J.K. Rowling: No, sorry… except to illustrate what an old
bat she is.
Nigel: Can Harry speak Parseltongue when he is no longer a
J.K. Rowling: No, he loses the ability, and is very glad to
Nikki: How did Sirius’ twoway mirror end up with Aberforth
or is it another twoway mirror?
J.K. Rowling: You see Aberforth meeting Mundungus in
Hogsmeade. That was the occasion on which Dung, who had taken Sirius’s mirror
from Grimmauld Place,
sold it to Aberforth.
Tierney Roth: If Moody got a magic eye, and Wormtail got a
magic hand, couldn’t there be some way to form a magical ear, if only to cover
up the hole and make George look more symmetrical?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, he could wear a false ear (I’m starting
to giggle at the thought. Perhaps he’s better off with the hole!)
Lucy: What is Dumbledore’s boggart?
J.K. Rowling: The corpse of his sister.
Pablo: What is toadface Umbridge doing now?
J.K. Rowling: Glad to see you like her as much as I
do! She was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for crimes against
Tina: Do the muggles notice that there aren’t any weird things
going on now that Voldemort’s gone?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, the world seems a much sunnier place
(literally — with the Dementors gone the weather gets better!) We are
having a heavily Dementor-influenced summer here in the UK.
Katie Mosher: How exactly do muggleborns receive magical
J.K. Rowling: Muggleborns will have a witch or wizard
somewhere on their family tree, in some cases many, many generations back. The
gene re-surfaces in some unexpected places.
Maggie: Is Rita Skeeter still reporting?
J.K. Rowling: Naturally, what could stop Rita? I imagine
she immediately dashed off a biography of Harry after he defeated Voldemort.
One quarter truth to three quarters rubbish.
Maggie Keir: Was Hermione able to find her parents and undo
the memory damage?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, she brought them home straight away.
Lola Victorpujebet: Was Minerva in love with Albus?
J.K. Rowling: No! Not everybody falls in love with
Rachel Nell: Jkr, thank you for such amazing books! I would
like to know how come no one seemed to know that Lily and Snape were friends in
school they were obviously meeting for chats, etc didn’t James know their past?
J.K. Rowling: Thank you for your thank you! Yes,
it was known that they were friendly and then stopped being friends. Nothing
more than that would be widely known. James always suspected Snape
harboured deeper feelings for Lily, which was a factor in James’ behaviour to
Abbey: Will the Chuddley Cannons ever win the Quidditch
J.K. Rowling: Bless them, perhaps. But they’d need to
replace the entire team and down several cauldrons of Felix Felicitas.
Hayleyhaha: Why did Regulus have a change of heart?
J.K. Rowling: He was not prepared for the reality of life
as a Death Eater. It was Voldemort’s attempted murder of Kreacher that really
J.K. Rowling: Scorpius has a lot going against him, not
least that name. However, I think Scorpius would be an improvement on his
father, whom misfortune has sobered!
Stephval: Is Scorpius as misguided as his father, or has
Draco improved and taught his child(ren) better?
J.K. Rowling: Sorry, technical hitch — just answered a
question before seeing it! I am clearly getting better at
Lona: Did Draco and Harry lose their animosity towards
eachother when Voldemort died?
J.K. Rowling: Not really. There would be a kind of
rapprochement, in that Harry knows Draco hated being a Death Eater, and would
not have killed Dumbledore; similarly, Draco would feel a grudging gratitude
towards Harry for saving his life. Real friendship would be out of
the question, though. Too much had happened prior to the final battle.
Hannah: Why was Snape so badly groomed?
J.K. Rowling: Hmm. Good question. Poor eyesight? Did he
look in the mirror and believe he was gorgeous as he was? I think it
more likely that he valued other qualities in himself!
Ea: Will the stone ever be found, since it was left just
sitting on the forest floor?
J.K. Rowling: I think not. I imagine that it was squashed
into the ground by a centaur’s hoof as the centaurs dashed to the aid of the
Hogwarts fighters, and thereafter became buried.
Adwait313: Has the jinx on the dada teaching post at
hogwarts been lifted?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, at last! Incidentally, I know some have
asked about Quirrell with regard to this question. He was teaching at Hogwarts
for more than a year, but NOT in the post of D.A.D.A.
teacher. He was previously Muggle Studies professor.
Emily: What ever happened to Aberforth?
J.K. Rowling: He is still there, at the Hog’s Head, playing
with his goats.
Lee: I recently purchsed Nimbus TwoThousand. It
has a terrible knack of veering left. Is their anything I can do (wihout
the use of a wand it was broken by a hippogriff) to repair it back to it
original straight flying state?
J.K. Rowling: Hm. I would advise a trip to Arkie Alderton’s
Kwik-Repair Shop. Never attempt to mend a broom at home, the consequences can
Abjoppotter: Is Narcissa Malfoy really a Death Eater?
J.K. Rowling: No, she never had the Dark Mark and was never
a fully paid-up member. However, her views were identical to those of her
husband until Voldemort planned the death of her son.
Emzzy: Did Mr Weasley ever get around to fixing Sirius’
J.K. Rowling: Of course, and it ended up in Harry’s
Lulu: Do you think Dumbledore was a little more fond of Ron
than either Ron or Harry believed?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, I do. Through Harry’s account of Ron,
and from reports of the professors who taught Ron, Dumbledore understood Ron
better than Ron ever knew, and liked him, too.
Chelatina: Was Firenze ever welcomed back into the herd?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, the rest of the herd was forced to
acknowledge that Firenze’s pro-human leanings
were not shameful, but honourable.
Kristy: What was your favorite scene to write in Deathly
J.K. Rowling: Chapter 34: The Forest Again.
Chely: James’ Patronus is a stag and Lily’s a doe. Is
that a coincidence?
J.K. Rowling: No, the Patronus often mutates to take the
image of the love of one’s life (because they so often become the ‘happy
thought’ that generates a Patronus).
Jon: Since Voldemort was afraid of death, did he choose to
be a ghost if so where does he haunt or is this not possible due to his
J.K. Rowling: No, he is not a ghost. He is forced to exist
in the stunted form we witnessed in King’s Cross.
Angela Morrissey: Were there seven horcruxes not six as
Dumbledore intimated to harry if so, does this mean that Voldemort had an 8
part soul not a 7?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, Voldemort accidentally broke his soul
into eight parts, not seven.
Laura Trego: Did Hermione really put a memory charm on her
parents she says she did but then about 50 pages later tells ron shes never
done a memory charm?
J.K. Rowling: They are two different charms. She has not
wiped her parents’ memories (as she later does to Dolohov and Rowle); she has
bewitched them to make them believe that they are different people.
Maura: How come Voldemort was no longer employing occlumency
against Harry, as he was in the 6th book?
J.K. Rowling: He is losing control, and unable to prevent
Harry seeing into his mind. The connection between them is never fully
understood by Voldemort, who does not know that Harry is a Horcrux.
Gandalfxj9: Did Krum ever find love?
J.K. Rowling: Of course, though he had to go back to his
native Bulgaria to do so.
Twinkletoes: Why did you feel that Hedwig’s death was
J.K. Rowling: The loss of Hedwig represented a loss of
innocence and security. She has been almost like a cuddly toy to Harry at
times. Voldemort killing her marked the end of childhood. I’m sorry… I know
that death upset a LOT of people!
Lecanard: Will we see Harry and his friends having their
own history on chocolate frogs cards?
J.K. Rowling: Definitely, and Ron will describe this as his
Mike: What is the incantation for creating a horcrux?
J.K. Rowling: I cannot possibly tell you. Some things are
better left unsaid.
Samantha: Was Snape the only Death Eater who could produce
a full Patronus?
J.K. Rowling: Yes, because a Patronus is used against
things that the Death Eaters generally generate, or fight alongside. They would
not need Patronuses.
Jess: How did Nagini could see Harry and Hermione if they
were under the invisibility cloak?
J.K. Rowling: Snakes’ sense are very different from human
ones. They can detect heat and movement in a way that we can’t.
Chucky: Have you had another alternatives as book title
apart from Deathly Hallows?
J.K. Rowling: The two other possibilities were ‘the Elder
Wand’ (used instead as a chapter title) and ‘the Peverell Quest’, which I
decided against quite quickly. I think the word ‘Quest’ is a bit corny!
Iglooanne: What would your Patronus be?
J.K. Rowling: I’d like an otter, like Hermione, but I’ve
got a feeling it might be a large dog.
The Stoic Cycle: Why is it that Voldemort is unaware that
the gaunt ring is a hallow, when he has worn it (such as in the memory the diary
shows Harry in book 2)
J.K. Rowling: Wearing the ring would not make the stone
work. The stone existed outside the ring originally, and to use it you had to
turn it three times in your hand.
Finchburg: Does the dark mark remain on those that Voldemort
has branded after his death or does the tattoo dissapear now he is gone thanks
for considering my question!
J.K. Rowling: My pleasure, Finchburg! The Dark Mark would
fade to a scar, not dissimilar to the lightning scar on Harry’s
forehead. Like Harry’s, these scars would no longer burn or hurt.
Katie Mosher: How is the Quibbler doing these days?
J.K. Rowling: Pretty well, actually. It has returned to its
usual condition of advanced lunacy, and is appreciated for its unintentional
Camille: Dear Mrs Rowling, while I’m here I want to thank
you for making me laugh, cry (a lot! Most of all for Sirius!) since I’m 11
quite a long time for me as I’m 20 Harry’s magic and yours will be with me
J.K. Rowling: Thank you very much, Camille, and I’m sorry
about Sirius. That man’s got a lot of fans. Mostly female, I might
Nicofr: Does Winky still drink a lot of butterbear?
J.K. Rowling: She’s dried out a bit now.
Isabel: Did Bellatrix ever love her husband, or did she
have love only for Voldemort?
J.K. Rowling: She took a pureblood husband, because that
was what was expected of her, but her true love was always Voldemort.
jenny: How did Snape keep his Patronus secret from the rest
of the order?
J.K. Rowling: He was careful not to use the talking
Patronus means of communication with them. This was not difficult, as his
particular job within the Order, ie, as spy, meant that sending a Patronus to
any of them might have given away his true allegiance.
Darchey: Did Voldemort ever love a girl?
J.K. Rowling: No, he loved only power, and himself. He
valued people whom he could use to advance his own objectives.
Leo: What would your wand be made of?
J.K. Rowling: I’d like Harry’s wand — holly and phoenix
Brian: Did the DA keep the coins?
J.K. Rowling: Naturally. They would be like badges or
medals of honour — proof that the owner had been at the heart of the fight
against Voldemort from the start! I like to imagine Neville showing his to his
Tracie: How relieved are you that you can finally talk
about the series no more secretkeeping!
J.K. Rowling: I’m elated! It is great to be able to do this
at last, I’ve looked forward to it for so long!
Lou: How did Snape get into Grimmauld place to get the
second half of the letter, if there were protection spells on the house
stopping Snape getting in?
J.K. Rowling: Snape entered the house immediately after
Dumbledore’s death, before Moody put up the spells against him.
Koen Van Der Voort: Why is the scar on Harry’s forehead
J.K. Rowling: To be honest, because it’s a cool shape. I couldn’t have my
hero sport a doughnut-shaped scar.
Louie: Did Marietta’s
pimply formation ever fade?
J.K. Rowling: Eventually, but it left a few scars. I loathe
Katie B: Why was Kings Cross the place Harry went to when
J.K. Rowling: For many reasons. The name works rather well,
and it has been established in the books as the gateway between two worlds, and
Harry would associate it with moving on between two worlds (don’t forget that
it is Harry’s image we see, not necessarily what is really there.
J.K. Rowling: We seem to have over-run. We’ve had over
120,000 questions, I’ve been told! What can I say? Thank you so much
for sticking with me, and with Harry, for so long. You have made this an
incredible journey for Harry’s author.
J.K. Rowling: I like this question, so I’ll take it for my
Tess: What muggle song do you imagine would be played at
J.K. Rowling: Surely ‘I did it my way’ by Frank Sinatra.
J.K. Rowling: I’m very aware I haven’t answered everything…
keep an eye on my website, and I’ll try and answer some more questions in due
Thanks very much everybody, I’ve had a great time, and I hope I’ve covered some
of the outstanding questions (I hear a distant roar of ‘YOU DIDN’T
GET TO MINE!’)
That’s it… I’m Disapparating. Bye