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John Irving and Stephen King want Harry Potter to live!

By Karl Schneider     August 02, 2006
Source: Various Sources

JK Rowling, Stephen King, and John Irving were at Radio City Music Hall in New York City for a charity reading. While answering questions, it became clear that Irving and King wanted Harry Potter to survive the final book of the HARRY POTTER series. Rowling, however, was not willing to make any promises.

"My fingers are crossed for Harry," Irving said at the joint news conference.

King added, "I don't want him to go over the Reichenbach Falls," a reference to Arthur Conan Doyle's efforts to kill off the character of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. [Sci Fi Wire]

Rowling refused to give any assurances, and would not comment on who would die in the upcoming book aside from the fact that two characters would.

"I feel quite liberated," Rowling said. "I can resolve the story now, and it's fun in a way it wasn't before, because finally I've reached my resolution, and I think some people will loathe it, and some people will love it, but that's how it should be. We're working toward the end I always planned, but a couple of characters I expected to survive have died, and one character got a reprieve."

Asked about how she felt now that the series was drawing to an end, Rowling replied, "On the one hand, I am going to feel sad. Harry's been an enormous part of my life and it's been a turbulent phase of my life and he was always the constant. So there will be a sense of bereavement, but there will also be a sense of liberation because there are pressures involved in writing something as popular. Wonderful though it's been, I think that there will also be a certain freedom in escaping that particular part of writing Harry Potter."

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dax0761 8/2/2006 7:36:41 AM
Hey suaw1211 we adults enjoy good fanatsy novels. They all start this way: Dear Penthouse Forum.....Kill the little bastard already and while your at it call an exterminator to get rid of those damm Hobbits.
almostunbiased 8/2/2006 8:00:10 AM
Well I must be a very old child then, because I love the Potter films. I mean they're no Lord of the Rings, but I think they're great and they keep getting better. I say spare the kid, but it would be very emotional if he died and a lot of authors go for that to get a way from the happily ever after thing. I think he's toast. I've never read any of the books and I won't until the last movie is out, but I think if Voldemort dies Harry has too. Since they have that link. Or better yet, maybe he'll become a muggle. That would be how I'd write it. He loses his powers.
dax0761 8/2/2006 8:28:20 AM
Ok I get it dont kill Harry just send him to Neverland Ranch!! Thats a place where an adult can enjoy a Fantasy or 2 about an English School Boy!!! Wanna play hide the magic wand? DOOOOOH
dax0761 8/2/2006 9:19:09 AM
mellon23 What the f**k ? Thats just wrong.
kyllswich 8/2/2006 10:08:13 AM
i have read and really enjoyed the HP books...rowling could be teasing us with the two characters bit...the guy who drives the knight bus is a character...those non-descript teachers at hogwarts are characters...then again, harry could bite the big one...or it could in fact be, as king alluded to, a duel to a duo death, not unlike sherlock holmes and james moriarty....OR, harry could wake up in pam ewings shower and it was all a dream
kelg 8/2/2006 10:39:00 AM
Even if she kills him off another author can resurrect him--it makes no difference whether its "official" or not. She's arrogantly obsessed to think that she can prevent someone else from doing something with him. Didnt stop them from doing a sequel to Gone with the Wind, Conan or Holmes. I saw 2 of the movies--way way overrated--strictly a kiddie flick(like LOTR--even Tolkien admitted it). The Rowling books were once said to be comparable to Shakespeare! Come on! The best, most rational critique of it came from a British critic who said it'll be forgotten after the last book-and be remembered as a fad with a mix of nostalgia and embarassment. Unlike CS Lewis and other children authors who clearly had dysfunctional lives, Rowling is not in the same camp,-the true test is that her books dont hold kids' attention as much when read aloud. That makes them less likely to hold the test of time--its more like a "what happens next" soap opera, as opposed to a series of books/movies that exist apart from the commercial hype around them. RIP Harry. The sooner the better!
dax0761 8/2/2006 11:29:47 AM
Wait kill Harry Launch his dead carcass from The Enterprise to the Genesis Planet.. Get re-born and direct the way over do follow up to Three Men and a Little Lady...Three Dirty Old Men and A Filthy Trailer Slut .. Dont laugh some Hollyweird Tool will be greenlight before you can say BOX OFFICE
hcflink 8/2/2006 11:36:38 AM
If you guys don't stop bashing Harry Potter, I'm gonna start bashing Star Wars. I'm an adult and I love the novels and the movies. The first two movies were childish, but the rest are more mature. As for comparing the books to Shakespear, I agree because Shakespear is a piece of shit. Worst shit I ever read in my life.
dax0761 8/2/2006 12:16:37 PM
Go AHead Star Wars is done and over. Trek love it but it dead . Harry Potter Must Die! or John Tucker either way an overexposed brat gets wacked. win win
muchdrama1 8/2/2006 1:01:42 PM
I'd suggest this to King and John Irving: Let Rowling be Rowling and do what she pleases. She hasn't acquiesced to audiences yet, and the books have been brilliant. If Harry dies, Harry dies. I can't wait for the seventh book.
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