HARRY POTTER's Future (Mania.com)

By:Frank Kurtz
Date: Monday, December 24, 2001
Source: Reuters

HARRY POTTER's creator, J. K. Rowling, knows exactly how her popular book series will end, because she's already written the final chapter.

In an interview with the BBC that will be aired in the UK on December 28th, Rowling revealed that she had written the seventh book's final chapter already. Holding up the printed pages of the chapter for television, Rowling said, "I'm not opening it for obvious reasons...this is really where I'll wrap everything, it's the epilogue and I basically say what happens to everyone after they leave school, those who survive because there are deaths, more deaths coming.

"I really don't think you need much insight to guess that death and murder are always a possibility in the world. And more people are going to die. And there's at least one death that's going to be horrible to write."

Regarding the coming fifth book, Rowling hints at some of the book's situations, saying, "(There will be) more boy girl stuff inevitably, they're 15 now, hormones working overtime."

More specifically, Harry will continue with his budding relationship with quidditch player Cho Chang from HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE... and starts to take notice of his friend Hermione.

Rowling adds, "And Harry has to ask some questions that I hope the reader will think, 'well, why hasn't he asked this before?' Harry finds out a lot more about his past."

When asked if she might be open to doing further novels set at Hogwarts, Rowling answers, "I'm not going to say I'll never write anything to do with the world of Hogwarts ever again...It could be the encyclopaedia of the world (of Hogwarts) and then I could rid myself of every last lurking detail, but, no, not a novel."