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Last book is Rowling's Favorite

By Karl Schneider     February 07, 2007
Source: Rowling's Official Site

According to J.K. Rowling via an update of her official website, the seventh and final book of the Harry Potter series is her personal favorite.

Rowling writes:

Charles Dickens put it better than I ever could:

'It would concern the reader little, perhaps, to know how sorrowfully the pen is laid down at the close of a two-years' imaginative task; or how an Author feels as if he were dismissing some portion of himself into the shadowy world, when a crowd of the creatures of his brain are going from him for ever.'

To which I can only sigh, try seventeen years, Charles...

I always knew that Harry's story would end with the seventh book, but saying goodbye has been just as hard as I always knew it would be. Even while I'm mourning, though, I feel an incredible sense of achievement. I can hardly believe that I've finally written the ending I've been planning for so many years. I've never felt such a mixture of extreme emotions in my life, never dreamed I could feel simultaneously heartbroken and euphoric.

Some of you have expressed a (much more muted!) mixture of happiness and sadness at the prospect of the last book being published, and that has meant more than I can tell you. If it comes as any consolation, I think that there will be plenty to continue arguing and speculating about, even after 'Deathly Hallows' comes out. So if you're not yet ready to quit the message boards, do not despair...

I'm almost scared to admit this, but one thing has stopped me collapsing in a puddle of misery on the floor. While each of the previous Potter books has strong claims on my affections, 'Deathly Hallows' is my favourite, and that is the most wonderful way to finish the series.


KJ's Take:  I can't wait to get my hands on it as I have enjoyed all the others.  I can't imagine how it must feel to finish something that you have not only dedicated multiple decades of your life to, but which has in turn so dramatically changed your life.

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fft5305 2/7/2007 10:17:48 AM
I can't wait either. I think my wife & I are going to get 2 copies so we can read at the same time. I think it should end with Harry defeating Voldemort, then becoming the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts, with a suggestion that he will be the one that stays for good.
noblenonsense 2/7/2007 11:24:14 AM
I agree with you fft5305....my only issue...I'm getting tired of her talking about it...I get it..you put a lot of your life in it and it changed you. Stop telling everyone that same story....please...
scoundrel 2/7/2007 11:26:37 AM
Lol, fft! My wife and I will probably end up doing the same thing! I like your idea about him becoming the lasting DADA teacher but Rowling's sure led everyone to believe there's a decent possibility Harry will die. Granted, there's as good a chance of her just baiting all of us as there is of that actually happening. But if she did kill Harry, it would put a very permanent end on the series. (And probably make a lot of readers very angry.)
muchdrama1 2/7/2007 12:46:19 PM
I gotta give the woman credit. Her husband left her and her young child, so she started writing "Harry" on a napkin in some restaurant. Now that's perseverance.
GentlemenDeath 2/7/2007 3:07:10 PM
I def respect this girl as a writer and i would be lying to u if i actually believed her when she said this was the last. the only way this will end is if harry dies, end of story. If anything she will take a break for awhile and either revisit this character harry in another direction or take the world she has created of magic and crap like that, and make a whole new character out of it. I mean, didnt she say that the last book was the last or did i read an interview of hers wrong? i'm pretty sure i didnt.
redhairs99 2/7/2007 3:34:25 PM
swansong, I'm pretty sure she has always said that the series would end at book seven, not six. It was supposed to be one book equals one year at Hogwarts from age 11 to 18.
Tonebone 2/7/2007 4:10:28 PM
Yes, she has always stated that book 7 would be the last. I for one can't wait either. What gets me excited and has piqued my interest is that before, she stated that book 7 would tell us all we need to know about Harry, the backstory and what becomes of everyone when the war is over. Yet she says there will be more to aregue and speculate about even after the story is over. Which makes you wonder if she is leaving somethings open ended or unanswered just in case. At any rate, July 21st can't get here soon enough
TKay42one 2/7/2007 4:43:37 PM
WARNING: THIS COMMENT CONTAINS WHAT IS KNOWN AS A JOKE, AND IT IS NOT EVEN A VERY GOOD JOKE AT THAT. I FEEL COMPELLED TO POST THIS WARNING BEFOREHAND SO THAT THOSE OF YOU WHO TAKE THINGS TOO SERIOUSLY WON'T LEAVE RIDICULOUS POSTS THAT ATTACK ME AND MAKE YOURSELF LOOK RETARDED. I think she should do one more book where Harry goes back to teach at Hogwarts. She could call it "Welcome Back Potter". FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T REMEMBER SITCOMS OF THE 70's, GO ASK YOUR PARENTS WHY THIS IS A LAME JOKE. THANK YOU.
almostunbiased 2/7/2007 9:07:12 PM
Like she's gonna say it's her least fav.
TKay42one 2/8/2007 1:55:56 AM
I hate to say it, but I think that Harry is going to die in the last book. My theory involves evidence that even goes back to the 1st book, so if there is anybody who hasn't read any of the books, you might want to stop reading...but I URGE you to crawl out from under your rock. I not only think that Harry will die, but I think Harry HAS to die. My theory is that Harry himself is one of Voldemort's horcruxes, and that Harry is a decentant of Gryffindor. We know that both of Harry's parents died, and we know that to make a horcrux you have to kill somebody to sever part of your soul. We know that Harry and Voldemort have some sort of mental link, and Voldemort used this to his advantage to lure Harry to the Minstry of Magic in book 5. You can even go back and read book 1 again. There is a scene where Harry dreams that Professor Quirril's turban was talking to him, telling him that he should ask to placed in Slytherin instead. What better way to prepare a possible future body where part of your soul already resides than to have him follow your own path? I think that in the last book Harry is going to destroy all the other horcruxes, and it's going to come down to just him and Voldemort, and that Harry will have to die to finally to defeat him. "Neither can live while the other survives." That was part of the prophesy. What do you fellow Potter geeks think?
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