J.K. Rowling may have moved on from her epic Harry Potter series for the greener pastures of adult fiction, but while promoting her new book, The Casual Vacancy, she admitted that she hasn’t ruled out returning to the world of the young wizard that made her a multimillionaire.
“It was murder saying goodbye,’’ Rowling told the BBC Wednesday about leaving the Harry Potter world behind. “Now if I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world — because I loved writing it — I’d do it.”
Rowling’s return to Hogwarts hinges upon coming up with “a great idea,” though one that wouldn’t continue Harry’s story. “Where Harry’s story is concerned, I’m done,” she admitted. Discussing the matter more specifically, she said:
“I don’t want to go mechanically back in to that world and pick up loads of odds and ends and glue them together and go ‘here we go.’ It would make a mockery of what those books mean to me.”
If she does revisit Harry’s story, it’ll likely be in the form of “director’s cuts” of some of the novels in the series, something she has admitted that some of the novels may need:
“There were a couple of the Potters and I definitely knew that they needed another year,’’ she confessed. “I had to write on the run and there were times when it was really tough. And I read them, and I think ‘Oh God, maybe I’ll go back and do a director’s cut,’ I don’t know. But you know what, I’m proud I was writing under the conditions under which I was writing. No one will ever know how tough it was at times.’’
Rowling’s new novel, The Casual Vacancy, will be released on Thursday. While this book is strictly for adults, her next book will likely tilt toward “slightly younger children than the Potter books,” according to the author.
Interestingly, Emma Watson heard about Rowling’s “director’s cut” plans, and though she’s curious about them, she thinks that the Potter books are fine the way they are. See that interview below: