Categoria: Livro 6

Uma pequena aventura sobre Harry Potter foi o sonho de uma vida

Tradução: Matheus
Revisão: Adriana Snape

Anelli, Melissa. “A princely Harry Potter adventure was the dream of a lifetime,” Staten Island Advance, July 18, 2005.

EDINBURGH, Scotland — The weekend has been like a dream, complete with the bits of fantasy that usually accompanies one.

Walking up the cobblestoned slope to Edinburgh Castle on Friday night, Emerson Spartz (who represented MuggleNet) and I (representing my site, The Leaky Cauldron) kept pinching each other, and I have the marks to prove it. It seemed too much to believe, that we were in Edinburgh, on our way up to a castle, for a “Harry Potter” launch event at which author J.K. Rowling would give a reading, that following that reading we would receive a book (“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”) for which we’ve been waiting two years, that we’d spend all night reading that book and that in the morning we’d be preparing for an afternoon interview of Jo Rowling at her home office.

The pinches were necessary.

At the castle, a projection of the cover art to the British edition of the books — Harry and his mentor, Professor Albus Dumbledore, at the center of some sort of fiery vortex — covered the face of the castle, making it look ablaze. A red carpet had been set up between two sets of stadium seats, and reporters swarmed one side of it while fans crowded the other.

We sat in the stadium until Ms. Rowling arrived, huddling against the rapidly dropping Scottish temperature and whooping loudly along with all the fans, who were being worked into a frenzy by an eager emcee.

When it was time to walk into the castle we looked back at the stadium in awe and reverence, and took deep breaths as we entered the dramatically lit location.

About 10 hours later, I finished the book. It is my favorite “Harry Potter” to date — dark, elaborate, whimsical, fast-paced and humorous, containing shining examples of all the best elements of Ms. Rowling’s writing, all braided tightly together in a plot that hurtled me through its depths.

There are few things better than being able to say such things about a book you love, and one of those things is being able to say it to the author’s face. Jo asked us immediately, when we met her at her spacious office later that day, if we had read the book and what we thought, and did so earnestly. Considering our situation, it probably sounded disingenuous to rave about it as we did, but there was nothing but honesty in our ebullience.

I had seriously wondered whether I would a) tense up, b) clam up or c) throw up as the interview started, but because Jo is so relaxed and welcoming, the interview — which was supposed to be one hour but somehow inflated to two — immediately launched into a funny and calming exchange of laughs and ideas, impressions and exclamations, and best of all, questions and answers. It felt as if we’d been pen pals together for a long time, and had just made the happy discovery that we could be friends in real life, too.

The full transcript of the interview will be posted on throughout this week, and it contains all kinds of tidbits about her life and her books, as well as several satisfying discussions about more sober and serious topics. For years, we as fans have watched journalists who know next to nothing about the books ask her how she got the idea for Harry Potter and whether there will be more than seven volumes in her series, things she has answered so many times, the responses can be recited off by heart by any committed fan. As much as that frustrated us is as big of a relief and welcome change as this interview became. By allowing us to interview her, Jo allowed the fans to skip the basics and go right to the good stuff.

It’s the interview we’ve wanted to read for a long time, and we got to conduct it.

Time for another good pinch.

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Notí­cias da Escócia por Emerson

Tradução: Luh B
Revisão: {patylda}

Spartz, Emerson. “Emerson’s Scotland Report: Part One,” Mugglenet, 18 July 2005

6:00pm GMT July 14th (Thursday)

The nine hour flight was uneventful, except for almost missing my connecting flight from London to Edinburgh and the airlines losing my luggage, which eventually came a half hour before the interview on Saturday. Better late than never, I guess. I met up with MuggleNet staffer Jamie, whom I stayed with the other three times I’ve been to England, at the Edinburgh airport and we took a bus to the hotel. On the way I got my first glimpse at the famous Edinburgh Castle, which is, if you didn’t know, perched on the top of “a big friggin’ mountain” (Melissa’s words). I can’t imagine how this castle could possibly have ever been overtaken, but apparently it has been done before.

Our room was roughly the size of a broom closet and the shower was about as wide as a box of cereal, but it was courtesy of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury so I’m not complaining (…really!). I hadn’t slept in 22 hours and I knew there wouldn’t be time for sleeping on Friday night so I passed out as soon as we checked in to the hotel.

12:00pm GMT July 15th (Friday)

Yes, you read that correctly. I was out cold for almost 18 hours, only waking once to eat dinner. We met up with Melissa and her two friends David and Kathleen who were in the rooms next to ours. Two Irish lads (GO IRISH!), Ciaran (pronounced “keer on”) of the MuggleNet staff and his friend Lachlan joined our troop a little later. Most of the day was spent getting ready for Saturday- sleeping, eating, sleeping, eating, etc.

The real fun began that night. At 9pm, Melissa and I headed over to the city council chambers for a reception with the 70 cub reporters and their parents. The Lord Provost (mayor) gave a short speech and shortly after, a man dressed in a loud, Victorian outfit appeared atop the balcony and introduced himself as Crispin the Curator. Eight “prefects” dressed in full Hogwarts garb appeared for Crispin’s over-the-top speech explaining how Edinburgh Castle is a museum and J.K. Rowling is a magical historian. The kids ate it up.

Our group of about two dozen Bloomsbury staff and VIPs followed behind the cub reporters as they set off in their Hogwarts-like carriages and made their dramatic entrance at the castle to 2000 screaming fans. We took our seats in the VIP section of the huge grandstand had been set up to cheer Jo and the contest winners on as they entered the castle… which, by the way, looked spectacular with an enormous image of Harry and Dumbledore projected on to the front. A massive screen was set up outside near the red carpet which would was broadcasting bits and pieces of the ITV1 special “Magic at Midnight” along with shots of the crowd and filler footage of the prefects talking about their lives at Hogwarts. An MC on the ground made sure the crowd made tons of noise for the TV cameras as the kids’ carriages arrived. The noise was deafening when Jo made her dramatic appearance riding a Thestral (kidding, of course). She looks terrific for a woman nearing 40.

I just happened to be sitting right next to the CEO of Bloomsbury and his daughter Alice (you know, “the girl who saved Harry Potter”?). I pestered them both with questions all night… real nice people.

At one point, while Jo made her way down the carpet five rows of seats in front of us cleared for reasons we are still unaware. I thought it looked bad, so I slid down a few rows to the middle of the ocean of empty seats. I have always had dreams of pursuing a career as an Oscar seat-filler, so this was my time to shine. Melissa made some excuses about a skirt but after much taunting, she joined me and we gave Jo several standing ovations as the night went on.

After Jo had smiled for about 300 photos and signed as many books, she walked in to the castle and we followed shortly. The crowd kept their seats to watch the book reading on the giant screen outside.

The castle was as magical on the inside as it was on the outside. Lining the path to “the chamber” were actors dressed up like grindylows and other magical creatures. The costumes were actually pretty cool-looking – the mechanical, fire-breathing horse was especially impressive. We didn’t go in the actual room where she did the reading as we had been promised originally because we would get in the way of the TV cameras, so we watched it on screens in a room outside with the parents of the cub reporters and Bloomsbury staff. Jo was originally planning to read the first chapter but she ended up reading from chapter six – see interview for explanation. Melissa cried during the reading (“it’s all too much!”) and much to her chagrin, I have tattled to every single person we’ve met since. I believe she is planning retaliation by announcing to the world in her write-up that I was doing Irish jigs all night. Come on. I’ve been going to Notre Dame football games (GO IRISH!) since I was a wee lad and I am kind of, you know, enrolled there. I’m practically a jigging expert.

We received our beloved books from Bloomsbury immediately after the reading. I jigged. Melissa cried some more. We took a moment to soak in their awesomeness (!) and raced, literally, back to the hotel. Poor Melissa had to make the four block jaunt barefoot – she was wearing high heels and you obviously can’t run in high heels. We made off with armloads of instant coffee packets from the hotel reception and plopped down on our beds to read.

Spartz, Emerson. “Emerson’s Scotland Report: Part Two,” Mugglenet, 20 July 2005

I turned the last page at 1pm – 12 hours after I first laid eyes on the precioussss. I didn’t read straight through – took frequent breaks to stay awake (and sane), but I still think I read half the lines in the book twice due to lack of focus.

I was expecting Harry to be more powerful of a wizard by now, but overall Half-Blood Prince was a big improvement over Order of the Phoenix and probably her best yet, but I have evolved too much as Harry Potter fan to objectively say it was or it wasn’t. Harry/Hermione shippers can expect me to be even more arrogant and cocky thanks to my recent vindication (see interview or just the last four books). “…Anvil-sized hints…”

The two hours before the interview were spent frantically thinking up last minute questions and arguing over what shirt I should wear (commence eye-rolling).

The phone rang. The car was here for us.


Jo’s PA (Personal Assistant) Fiddy gave us a tour of her office while we nervously waited for the queen herself. The room is covered – and I mean covered – in Harry Potter paraphernalia from the books, movies and video games. She even has copies of every book in every language.

Jo walked in five minutes later, followed by Neil and little Mackenzie, the cutest little chub you’ve ever seen. We hugged and I was caught momentarily speechless, which, I assure you, is very unlike me. We gave her the gifts we’d brought for her – shirts, Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, keys to cities, etc. – and she said she had gifts for us, but didn’t want us to open them until she’d left in case we didn’t like them (as if!).

We discussed non-HP things for a few minutes before we got down to business. Melissa and I were happy to hear she’s a huge West Wing fan, because we can’t get enough of that show either. She kept asking us questions about our sites and we were happy to answer, but we needed to get the interview going because we only were supposed to have an hour with her and, well, she’s the interesting one – not us!

I was very surprised at how easy it was to talk with her – she’s so personable and friendly it seemed ridiculous that I had ever been nervous about meeting her. At first, I kept thinking to myself, “I can’t possibly be in this room talking to this woman right now,” but it only took a few minutes before I became totally engrossed in the conversation and forgot about everything else.

It didn’t even feel like an interview, it was more like a chat with friends. Her sense of humor manifests itself well in the books, but she’s even funnier in person. The two hours flew by in what seemed like thirty minutes. I was very disappointed when I heard Fiddy knocking on the door, letting us know our car was here. Jo immediately said, “He hasn’t been waiting that long. Give us 10 more minutes.” Melissa and I each had about a dozen “last questions” and Jo didn’t end up leaving for about a half hour later. This is probably wishful thinking, but it seemed like she wanted to keep on going. Melissa chimed in several times, “We should do this again.” And every time, Jo laughed and said “It’s a possibility.” We should only be so lucky!

Far too soon, it was time to say goodbye. She signed our books, we took some photos together, hugged, and just like that, she was gone. Off to raise kids and the best-selling novels of the decade.

We opened her gifts on the way back to the hotel. She gave Melissa a neat-looking ring with a snake on it (“but that doesn’t mean you belong in Slytherin!” the note said). Melissa cried some more and for once, I didn’t mock her. She’s been wearing it since.

Her gift to me was a beautiful silver cup with ornate handles on either side. Her handwritten letter explained that it was a “Quaich”, a word she assures me she didn’t make up but is actually Gaelic and means “friendship cup”. My breath caught in my mouth when I saw that it was engraved.

“To Emerson, with love from J.K. Rowling”

What an incredibly thoughtful woman.

Back at the hotel, our Potter posse was waiting to hear everything. We talked HP for a few hours – everyone was dying to talk about the book and the interview – and went out for a celebratory dinner at a famous Edinburgh restaurant/pub.

I love my life.


The kids’ press conference took place at the castle at 9am. Melissa and I sat in the back row and slumped in our seats so we wouldn’t stick out, being the only adults seated. (Yeah! I’m an adult now!) They asked a few good questions but we’ve heard most of them before. Read the transcript here. We waited around for a half hour afterwards for the transcript before they told us they’d just email it to us. Bloomsbury gave us gift bags like the cub reporters got and we headed off to the internet café to update our sites.

We had lunch with Lizo Mzimba, the CBBC guy who’s been able to interview Jo several times in the past. He really knows his HP… I was impressed. Then we had to go back to the hotel and get started writing our reports and transcribing the interview. When we both had satisfactory drafts done and the first part of the interview transcribed, we went out to dinner to celebrate nothing in particular. Hey, you’re not in Scotland every day – that’s enough reason to celebrate! Well, you might be, but I’m not.


Hellish. But the trip was so incredibly positive overall, I don’t want to leave a bad taste in your mouths by writing a blow-by-blow account of all the things that went horribly wrong this day. I did write it, actually, in vivid detail, but that was just to make myself feel better.


I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was 11 – Harry’s age – so I have grown with Harry, laughed with Harry and cried with Harry. Every Harry Potter fan wishes they could go to Hogwarts, and after visiting the Goblet of Fire movie set in November and interviewing the creator, I think I have gotten as close to Harry’s world as it is possible for a fan to get. And I have you, MuggleNet fans, to thank for this. Without your support, MuggleNet surely would not have gotten this kind of attention and I would not have been presented with these wonderful opportunities.

I don’t know how mere words can express how grateful I am to J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury for allowing me this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. All the events surrounding the release were designed to reward Jo’s fans, which says a lot about the kind of caring person she really is. She is truly a figure to respect and admire.

Thanks, Jo, for everything.

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J.K. Rowling, Hogwarts e tudo

Tradução: Virag
Revisão: Adriana Snape

Grossman, Lev. “J.K. Rowling Hogwarts And All,” Time Magazine, 17 July, 2005

As the much awaited Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince arrives in stores, J.K. Rowling talks frankly to Lev Grossman about fantasy, fathers and how the magic is almost over.

Here is a J.K. Rowling who lives in the hearts and minds of children everywhere. She has a fairy wand and hair of spun gold, and when she laughs her tinkly laugh, tiny silver bubbles come out of her mouth.

That J.K. Rowling, however, doesn’t exist. Here’s a look at the real Jo Rowling (rhymes with bowling, by the way, not howling) at work five years ago on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: “Goblet–oh, my God. That was the period where I was chewing Nicorette. And then I started smoking again, but I didn’t stop the Nicorette. And I swear on my children’s lives, I was going to bed at night and having palpitations and having to get up and drink some wine to put myself into a sufficient stupor.”

Little children everywhere should be grateful for the real Jo Rowling. Because if the imaginary one had written the Harry Potter books, just think how incredibly boring they’d be.

The real Rowling’s hair is sort of gold, although at the moment it has about an inch of dark roots. Which is understandable, since in the past six months she has given birth to her third child–daughter Mackenzie–and completed the sixth book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which was released promptly at midnight on Friday. At 39, Rowling is a tall handsome woman with a long face, a slightly crooked nose and interestingly hooded eyes. Sitting at a conference table in a bungalow adjoining her stately Edinburgh home (neither her only nor her stateliest home), she talks rapidly, even a little nervously. She uses the word obviously way more often than the average person does, and she likes to say outrageous things, then break out into fits of throaty alto laughter to show you she’s just joking. Rowling wears all black–a floppy black sweater, black pants. A glance under the table reveals shiny black leather boots with steel spike heels that are, at the very least, three inches long.

Fans send Rowling wands and quills by the bushel, but she admits, a bit shamefacedly, that she never actually uses them and that the wands go straight to her oldest daughter, Jessica. The most popular living fantasy writer in the world doesn’t even especially like fantasy novels. It wasn’t until after Sorcerer’s Stone was published that it even occurred to her that she had written one. “That’s the honest truth,” she says. “You know, the unicorns were in there. There was the castle, God knows. But I really had not thought that that’s what I was doing. And I think maybe the reason that it didn’t occur to me is that I’m not a huge fan of fantasy.” Rowling has never finished The Lord of the Rings. She hasn’t even read all of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia novels, which her books get compared to a lot. There’s something about Lewis’ sentimentality about children that gets on her nerves. “There comes a point where Susan, who was the older girl, is lost to Narnia because she becomes interested in lipstick. She’s become irreligious basically because she found sex,” Rowling says. “I have a big problem with that.”

Rowling certainly isn’t afraid of sex, as Order of the Phoenix–which had Harry making out with the beautiful, grieving Cho Chang–ably demonstrated. Harry and his friends are now 16, and it would just be weird if Harry didn’t have more on his mind than wands and snitches. “Because of the demands of the adventure that Harry is following, he has had less sexual experience than boys of his age might have had,” Rowling allows. “But I really wanted my heroes to grow up. Ron’s hormones get fuller play in book six.” Cue the throaty alto laughter. “Basically it dawns on Ron that Hermione’s had some action, Harry’s had some action and he’s never got close!”

It’s precisely Rowling’s lack of sentimentality, her earthy, salty realness, her refusal to buy into the basic clichés of fantasy, that make her such a great fantasy writer. The genre tends to be deeply conservative–politically, culturally, psychologically. It looks backward to an idealized, romanticized, pseudofeudal world, where knights and ladies morris-dance to Greensleeves. Rowling’s books aren’t like that. They take place in the 1990s–not in some never-never Narnia but in modern-day Mugglish England, with cars, telephones and PlayStations. Rowling adapts an inherently conservative genre for her own progressive purposes. Her Hogwarts is secular and sexual and multicultural and multiracial and even sort of multimedia, with all those talking ghosts. If Lewis showed up there, let’s face it, he’d probably wind up a Death Eater.

Granted, Rowling’s books begin like invitations to garden-variety escapism: Ooh, Harry isn’t really a poor orphan; he’s actually a wealthy wizard who rides a secret train to a castle, and so on. But as they go on, you realize that while the fun stuff is pure cotton candy, the problems are very real–embarrassment, prejudice, depression, anger, poverty, death. “I was trying to subvert the genre,” Rowling explains bluntly. “Harry goes off into this magical world, and is it any better than the world he’s left? Only because he meets nicer people. Magic does not make his world better significantly. The relationships make his world better. Magic in many ways complicates his life.”

And unlike Lewis, whose books are drenched in theology, Rowling refuses to view herself as a moral educator to the millions of children who read her books. “I don’t think that it’s at all healthy for the work for me to think in those terms. So I don’t,” she says. “I never think in terms of What am I going to teach them? Or, What would it be good for them to find out here?”

“Although,” she adds, “undeniably, morals are drawn.” But she doesn’t make it easy. In Goblet, the good-hearted Cedric Diggory dies for no reason. In Phoenix, we learn that Harry’s dad, whom he idealized, had been an arrogant bully. People aren’t good and bad by nature; they change and transform and struggle. As Dumbledore tells Harry, “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Granted, we know Harry will not succumb to anger and evil. But we never stop feeling that he could. (Interestingly, although Rowling is a member of the Church of Scotland, the books are free of references to God. On this point, Rowling is cagey. “Um. I don’t think they’re that secular,” she says, choosing her words slowly. “But, obviously, Dumbledore is not Jesus.”)

There are limits to Harry Potter’s sophistication. Since Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1998, world events have moved to the point where they threaten to ask more from the books than they have to give. By Phoenix, the fifth book in the series, Harry is embroiled in a borderless, semi-civil war with a shadowy, hidden leader whose existence the government ignored until disaster forced the issue and who is supported by a secret network of sleeper agents willing to resort to tactics of shocking cruelty. The kids who grew up on Harry Potter–you could call them Generation Hex–are the kids who grew up with the pervasive threat of terrorism, and it’s inevitable that on some level they’ll make a connection between the two.

Which isn’t a terrible thing necessarily. But the series’ major shortcoming to date is the flatness of Harry’s antagonist Voldemort (whose name Rowling pronounces with a silent t). In the past few books, Voldemort has managed to assemble a body, but he still lacks any kind of realistic motivation. You get no sense of where his boundless enthusiasm for being evil comes from. “You will,” Rowling says. “There is obviously a big gap there, and in six Harry finds out a lot of Voldemort’s history. Though he was never that nice a guy.” She laughs.

No, he wasn’t. Half-Blood Prince goes a long way, finally, to working through Rowling’s take on the psychology of evil, largely through a kind of Pensieve-aided documentary of Voldemort’s early life. Much of Rowling’s understanding of the origins of evil has to do with the role of the father in family life. “As I look back over the five published books,” she says, “I realize that it’s kind of a litany of bad fathers. That’s where evil seems to flourish, in places where people didn’t get good fathering.” Some of that must surely flow from her own experiences: her relationship with her father has been uneven, and the father of her oldest daughter is no longer part of Rowling’s life.

Despite her colossal success, which has run her personal fortune into the hundreds of millions, you can still feel Rowling’s enormous, churning ambition for her work, which seems to be fueled at least in part by lingering feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. Maybe it’s her well-known history as a onetime careerless divorced mom who spent nearly a year on public assistance, but she still constantly questions her writing, reviewing it like a boxer watching tapes of his fights. “I think Phoenix could have been shorter. I knew that, and I ran out of time and energy toward the end,” she says. She is worried that Goblet was overpraised. “In every single book, there’s stuff I would go back and rewrite,” she says. “But I think I really planned the hell out of this one. I took three months and just sat there and went over and over and over the plan, really fine-tuned it, looked at it from every angle. I had learnt, maybe, from past mistakes.”

This obsessive focus on perfection can leave Rowling a little unavailable to those around her. She tells the story of a conversation she had with her younger sister–Di, 38–about Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, who Di feels sometimes lacks compassion for his charges. “She said, ‘That’s like you.’ And I said, ‘What’s that supposed to mean?’ As sisters do. And she said, ‘Well, you are kind of detached.’ That was, you know, uncomfortable, and probably quite illuminating. I maybe wouldn’t find it as easy as she does to say, ‘That person is my very best friend in the world.'”

Rowling is about to say goodbye to a very good friend: Half-Blood Prince is book six of a planned seven, and then that’s all she wrote. “I’ll be so sad to think I’ll never write a Harry-Ron-Hermione sentence again,” she says. But her feelings aren’t entirely unmixed. “Part of me will be glad when it’s over. Family life will become more normal. It will be a chance to write other things.”

Hang on–other things? It’s disconcerting to think of Rowling stepping out on Harry and the gang with another set of characters. But at least we can say Harry is Rowling’s last wizard. From here on out, it’s Muggles only. “I think I can say categorically that I will not write another fantasy after Harry,” she says, making herself and her publicists, who hover nearby, visibly nervous. “Wait, now I’m panicking. Oh, my God! Yes, I’m sure I can say that. I think I will have exhausted the possibilities of that. For me.” Beyond that, she isn’t giving away many clues, but she’s approaching the project with her usual ruthless skepticism. “We’ll have to see if it’s good enough to be published. I mean, that is a real concern, obviously, because the first thing I write post Harry could be absolutely dreadful, and, you know, people will buy it. So, you know, you’re left with this real insecurity.”

But future insecurities can wait. Rowling still has book seven to worry about. She has already started writing. “It will be a very different kind of book,” she says, “because I kind of cue up the shot at the end of six, and you’re left with a very clear idea of what Harry’s going to do next.”

“And,” she adds in an uncharacteristic moment of hubris, “it will be exciting!” Then she immediately retreats into self-deprecation. “You don’t know! You might read six and think, Ah, I won’t bother.”

But that, for once, is pure fantasy. Obviously.

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Entrevista a dois com J.K. Rowling

Tradução: Sammy
Revisão: Adriana Snape

Coad, Emma. One-on-one interview with J.K. Rowling, ITV, 17 July 2005

Transcript by Deborah Skinner

Emma: Why did you start writing the series?

JK: Well, the idea hit me on this train journey, when I was travelling from Manchester to London in England. And it just came out of nowhere, the idea of a boy who didn’t know he was a wizard and received a letter telling him he had a place at a wizards’ school, and from that lots of the plot that appears in the seven books evolved on that train journey, so that by the time I got off the train I was so excited at the idea of writing this book that I just couldn’t wait to get home, and that’s how it started.

Emma: What was the very first thing that inspired you to write the books?

JK: Well, I think that first idea was one that engaged me so much, it made me so excited about the possibilities of that plot, that it gave me the motivation to persevere with it. I think that most people, erm … it can be quite discouraging writing when you haven’t got a publishing deal, you’ve got to have a lot of faith in what you’re writing just to keep going and finishing the novel and I just love the story so much so that’s what kept me going really.

Emma: Are any of the characters in the story like some of the people you met at school or when you were a kid?

JK: Not, ummmm, not, not very obviously. I think, I think the exception would be I’ve often said Ron Weasley is a lot like a boy I was at school with called Sean, who is now obviously a grown man and he’s, he’s an…Ron isn’t really Sean. I mean they’re not the same, but I noticed as I wrote Philosopher’s Stone, the first book, that he sounded like Sean and that certainly wasn’t a coincidence. Some of his humour is very Sean-ish.

Emma: Do you think you’ll be writing more books featuring some of the other characters from the Harry Potter series, like Snape and what he did before?

JK: I don’t think so, no, I’m pretty sure I won’t. My feeling is that I planned the, this series as a seven book series, that in book seven I think your questions will be answered. People will always have a few unanswered questions that they wonder, things about the characters and those things will probably be answered in fan fiction, you know, people get a lot of enjoyment writing their own stories about my characters and good luck to them. If they enjoy it then that’s fantastic, and some of it’s very good!

Emma: [Question unintelligible]

JK: Yeah, definitely. I think we’ve all met people like Draco Malfoy. In fact, nearly every reader of your age I’ve ever met has said ‘I know someone just like Draco Malfoy’ and sometimes it’s a girl. Many of my hopes and fears are Harry’s hopes and fears, in that we all want to just, we’re anxious about the same kind of things, although we’d rarely admit it. So we’re anxious about fitting in, we’re anxious about coping with work and we’re anxious about friendships and being made fun of and all of these things. Sometimes you want to be different, sometimes you want to be just like everyone else. So I think Harry goes through all of those things.

So I was very influenced by … I was also influenced by fantasies I’d had in my childhood. I had a fantasy about flying horses and a flying coach and eventually I used that in Goblet of Fire, as you know.

Emma: How do you think of the names in all the books like Gringotts and Hogwarts?

JK: Erm, Gringotts, really, I think, came from Ingots. you know you get ingots of gold, those bars? So I just liked the sound of it, so to me it sounded, ‘gr’ words can sound quite aggressive or quite, erm, or even sinister. So I really combined Gringotts. I just thought it sounded that little bit intimidating, but it had that allusion to gold in it.

Hogwarts, I always wanted Hog to be there, for some reason. I messed around with various different versions of Hogwarts until I settled on Hogwarts. I like it. I think it sounds comical and inviting at the same time. So you think about words like that and you try lots of different things and then suddenly one fits and you’re happy with it.

Emma: What one spell would you like to bring to life and why?

JK: Ooh, there are so many, aren’t there? So many. Erm, I think for me there … the outstanding spell is ‘Expecto Patronum’, and you know what that does don’t you? It creates the Patronus, it creates a kind of spirit guardian in a way. And that’s partly because of what it does. It’s the protector, and you could protect yourself and other people that you cared about with a Patronus, but it’s also because it’s such a beautiful spell. you know, the image of the silver Patronus emerging from a wand. I really like that.

Emma: How do you keep inspired as there be so much pressure on you trying to make each nook better than/of the one before it?

JK: Well there is pressure but I’m lucky in that I planned all the books so long ago now that, erm, I can’t really be deflected by much. I mean, I know what I’ve got to do next. It would be much harder if I didn’t really know what the next book would be about and I had a lot of pressure on me to as you say, make it good or make it exciting and I was sitting there think ‘Oh God, *gasps*, what do I make him do this time?’ well, luckily for me, my plans are there and I know what he’s going to do next time, so I really just have to sit down and do the whole book and make it into a book.

Emma: Will Harry and Hermione start dating, or will it be Ron and Hermione?

JK: What do you think?
Emma: Harry and Hermione.

JK: You will get more clues on that in this book (indicates HBP). In fact you’ll half of it, half of your answer is will come in this book.

Emma: Do you ever get writers’ block?

JK: Very, very, very rarely.

Emma: Really?

JK: Yeah, Erm, I once..I think I’ve only actually had one case of what I would call true writers’ block, and that was during the writing of Chamber of Secrets, and that was related entirely to the fact that Philosopher’s Stone had a lot of success which really took me aback and temporarily paralysed me so I didn’t…I was just plain scared I think, you know, I thought ‘I can’t keep this up, I can never keep this going’. I felt very insecure an very frightened by what was happening around me and that got me temporarily. And I can’t now remember how long that lasted for, I think a couple of weeks. That’s a very long time for someone like me, who writes pretty easily on a day-to-day basis.

Emma: Do you enjoy going to the movies to see your books come to life?

JK: I do enjoy it. It’s a funny feeling. One of the most disturbing feelings, and yet wonderful as well, was the first time I visited the film set. They were showing me around the set, just incredible, and there were two things. I walked into the great hall, and I’d drawn the director, Chris Columbus, sort of a rough diagram of how I saw the great hall and we’d really discussed, and the production design manager had just done the most astonishingly good job, and that felt like walking into my own head. I just walked into this place that I had imagined for so long and there it was and it really looked exactly as I imagined it and it was astonishing. And then later that day they showed me the chamber where Quirrell faces Harry at the end of Philosopher’s Stone, and there was a spooky, spooky moment when I was stood in front of the Mirror of Erised seeing myself, of course, exactly as I am — and you know what that means in the book. And so I was seeing myself as a successful, published author. Wow, so that was a very, almost embarrassingly symbolic moment, you can imagine.

Emma: Did you ever expect your books to be so popular with adults and children?

JK: No, I, I never dreamed that I would be where I am now, it’s just been incredible. I never dreamt that people would like the book so much. Erm, I often get asked the question about adults and all I can say in that is that I … I … I write these books and I don’t sit down and think ‘right, now what would an eight year old like to read and what would a twelve year old like?’ I really do write what I’d quite like to read. So from that point of view it doesn’t surprise me that other adults like them because I’m an adult, obviously, and I like them, but the scale of it obviously, is breathtaking.

Emma: the story seems to be drawing to a close, how will you feel when the books actually stop?

JK: I’ll have very mixed feelings, because, I’ll certainly have a big sense of loss and it will almost be like a bereavement because I’ve been living with Harry since 1990, so it’s 15 years so far and that’s a very, very long time to be with anyone and certainly longer than a lot of marriages, so it’s, erm, that’ll be painful, the idea that I won’t write about him anymore. On the other hand, you’ve just mentioned there is a certain amount of pressure that comes with being the writer of Harry Potter, and it would be nice to write something without any of that pressure. Although, I don’t really feel the pressure when I’m writing Harry Potter, then at some point I have to emerge from writing the book and then I really, I feel the weight of it a little bit. Erm, so there are things connected with the whole world of Harry Potter that I won’t miss so much.

Emma: What is your favourite wizards’ sweet?

JK: Oh, my favourite wizards’ sweet? I have a very soft place in my heart for Cockroach cluster. I enjoyed inventing that and yeah, I do like that!

Emma: What makes a good writer?

JK: Oooh, there’s a question. Erm, many many many different things make a good writer. For me, I like books but, erm, if you combine characters that you care about with a really intriguing story than I think, then you’ve generally got something I’d like to read. So, those are things I appreciate in other writers. Erm, but I like a number of very different writers and you could find very few things that they had in common, so it’s one of those…it’s so subjective because your favourite writer, someone else would loathe.

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Tradução: Debora Black
Revisão: Adriana Snape

Edinburgh “cub reporter” press conference, ITV, 16 July 2005

[Editor’s note: this press conference featured “cub” reporters — fans between the ages of 8 and 16 selected from around the world].

Gillian MacKay for BBC Radio Scotland – Is there a potential question you have not been asked that you would be expected to ask, and what would it be?

JK Rowling: I touched on that the last time I gave a reading from Phoenix at the Edinburgh Book Festival and I said that I had never been asked why didn’t Voldemort die when he attacked Harry. Has anyone finished Half­Blood Prince yet? Good going! Well those people will now know the answer. But at the time, no one had ever asked me that, they only ever asked why did Harry survive, and I had said that explicitly the killing curse rebounded on Voldemort that no one thought to say why didn’t he die.

Alice Cudmore, The Bookseller – How many hours a day do you spend writing?

JK Rowling: It varies, I think at the end of Half-Blood Prince, I was certainly doing eight hours a day and I would have been doing longer but at that point I was very heavily pregnant and there comes a point when you are absolutely huge, you have to get up and walk around because it literally gets uncomfortable.

I have done ten hour days in the past, which is not that practical any more with a young family, and I used to work all the night, which I really liked doing, but, again, that is not practical with a young family any more.

Edward Hollet representing W H Smith – If Voldemort ever encountered a boggart what would he see?

JK Rowling: The thing that Voldemort fears more than anything else is his own death. It its the quest of his life to cheat death, so we would have to see himself lying dead on the floor.

Bethan Roberts reporting for The Times Educational Supplement – In the second book, if you see a basilisk and you are wearing glasses, will they protect you? And if they do, why did Moaning Myrtle die, and if they don’t, why not?

JK Rowling: That is a really good question. And I have been asked that before. I had to decide the glasses couldn’t protect you. I just had to, because obviously there would be quite a few people at Hogwarts who were wearing glasses and I thought that might cause me plot difficulties, so I decided that glasses alone wouldn’t protect you.

But as you know, I had Justin protected by the camera lens, so I think I am open for criticism there, but the way I explained to myself he was looking through several lenses and wasn’t actually seeing the thing directly, it wasn’t through his eyeline, when you look through a camera you are looking through the lens, it is a little distorted. You can argue with me on that and I wouldn’t blame you but that is how I explained it to my self at the time.

Kirsten Weir for The Scotsman – There has been a lot of speculation about the book considering good and evil. Do you feel Harry Potter is a good role model for a generation?

JK Rowling: I see Harry as someone who is struggling to do the right thing, who is not without faults, who acts impetuously as you would expect someone of his age to act, but who is ultimately a very loyal person, and a very very courageous person. So, in as much as he has qualities that I admire most I would say he is a good role model. That doesn’t mean that he is saintly, but then frankly, who is? But I think you do see enough of Harry’s inner life, the workings of his mind in the books to know that he is ultimately human, struggling to do the right thing, which I think is admirable.

Michael Artist from the Australian Sunday Telegraph – Does it concern you as it is taking longer to write each book that some of your fans are growing up and growing away from Harry Potter and growing into other books?

JK Rowling: Well honestly I really hope that they are. I’m not saying I want to be abandoned by my fans or anything, but if it is the case that people are moving from Harry to other books then nothing could make me prouder, particularly if those people were not particularly keen readers before they encountered Harry Potter. In fact it is not taking longer to write each book.

There has been a two year gap between the last 3 books, between Goblet and Phoenix and Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. That is because, partly because I took a break at one point because I had been working very hard for about 8 or 9 years and partly because I have had 2 more children and I want to spend time with my children. If I lose fans because of the wait, then I just have to take it on the chin. I have been extremely happy to keep fans as long as I have. That is my choice. I can’t really say fairer than that.

Rosa Jenkins for The Observer – What made you want to start writing Harry Potter books?

JK Rowling: I had the idea as I have said many a time before on the train, and I just loved the idea so much I couldn’t wait to start writing it, which is the best. Iris Murdoch said writing was like getting married, you shouldn’t commit yourself until you can’t believe your luck. That is how I felt about Harry.

Alice Gurney for the Daily Herald – In all the other books, it starts off as Harry at the Dursleys and then he was to school but in this book it is not like that. Is there any particular reason for that?

JK Rowling: There is a another book where I didn’t start from Harry’s point of view which is Goblet of Fire. If you remember you started off at the Riddle house. Without wanting to give too much away to people who haven’t yet read Half-Blood Prince I was trying to say in the first two chapters of Half-Blood Prince that this conflict is really widening now, right out into the wizard world. This is no longer just Harry’s secret struggle to be believed everyone now knows that Voldemort is back, everyone now knows that a lot of people are being affected and they know who is behind it. So that was a useful device to show that.

George Moore for The Times – How old is Dumbledore?

JK Rowling: I see him as about 150 I have said before that wizards unless they contract some horrible magical disease which does happen… They didn’t grow up together, in case you didn’t hear that that was a question about whether Flamel and Dumbledore why they were friends if the man was alive 600 years ago. They became friends during Dumbledore’s lifetime, they hadn’t been friends from boyhood otherwise Dumbledore would be a bit of a rarity.

So how old is he?

JK Rowling: About 150.

Trisha Mittal for the Hindustan Times India – My question is why is the Weasleys’ clock set at Mortal Peril?

JK Rowling: Mrs Weasley is right, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, the Weasleys have a clock in which each of the 9 hands represents a member of the family and they point at things like at work, travelling and so on. Well at the beginning of this book all 9 hands are pointing at mortal peril. Mrs Weasley is right, she hopes that everyone is now in danger and she is correct. Well if the deaf eaters had clocks their hands wouldn’t point at mortal peril. And the Weasley are what are called blood traitors; in other words they are pure blood but don’t act that way. They consort and like muggles. Therefore they are in the firing line, they would not be among Voldemort’s favourite people?

Cara McKenzie for Radio Forth – Every year since Harry has been to Hogwarts the defence against the dark arts teacher has left Hogwarts or died every year. Does that mean that something will stop Snape from being the defence against the dark arts in book 7?

JK Rowling: Yes. I really can’t say more than that. That is because one of those questions that is a very good question and everyone would like to know the answer but it gives a lot away. There must obviously be a new one.

Vhari Leishman for – I was wondering at the end of the seventh book would we get into a glimpse of Harry and Hermione post-Voldemort lives, in an epilogue or accompanying book (assuming they live through the book 7)?

JK Rowling: That is very good that, is assuming that anyone survives, I may kill the whole lot ­ not really, don’t write me letters. There is already a chapter written in which you find out about the survivors post Hogwarts fates, so, I will have to re­write it when I get there, because that was written years ago and it wasn’t really written on the assumption that I would use it as it is written in the hooks, it is really an act of faith, it was me saying to myself “I will get here and this information is the end point and that is where I’m trying to get to. So yes, there will be.

Rebekah Todd for Teen Titles – Will you write another characterized book?

JK Rowling: I don’t know, honestly I really don’t know what I will write after Harry Potter. I read recently in the newspaper I’m going to write Detective novels ­­ it was slight news to me but good idea, who knows? Honestly I don’t know I have things kicking around in drawers that I may go back to or write something completely different, I couldn’t say at the moment.

Kieran Wright for Amazon – As a Bristolian myself I understand from… As a Bristolian myself I understand you came from Winterbourne?

JK Rowling: I did.

Did you base any of the characters or areas from your time in Bristol?

JK Rowling: Let’s think. I got the name Potter, which I have said before, from people who lived down the road from me in Winterbourne. Their family name is Potter, there was a boy and a girl in that family and I liked the surname so I took it I didn’t take anything else from that family. But we left Winterbourne when I was 9, 8 or 9, and no, I didn’t really base any character on anyone in Winterbourne.

Megan Calcott for the Daily Mirror – What are you going to do with your life after you have finished the final Harry Potter book.

JK Rowling: With my life? I have got to find some meaning after Harry Potter. I will enjoy spending some time with my children which I do anyway, obviously, but it would be nice to spend maybe a bit more time with them for a while. I know I will keep writing. But what I will write, I don’t yet know. And I think I will have to get over the shock of the fact that Harry is not in my life any more. It really will be a shock, because I have been writing about him for 15 years so far and by the time I finish obviously it will be 16, 17, I don’t know when the seventh book will be published. It is going to be a wrench, definitely.

Madeleine Farquhar for the Globe and Mail, Australia – My aunt’s a writer, she sticks with one type of book. And if you write any books after Harry Potter, are you going to like stick with fantasy, fantasy books.

JK Rowling: That is one thing I can definitely rule out I don’t think I will write any more fantasy books. The reason for that, obviously I have now written a huge long fantasy which will be longer when it is finished and I think I have really put my best fantasy ideas into Harry potter and if I try to write another fantasy I would feel it was second best. And I love the characters I have written in Harry Potter so much, maybe it will feel like a slight betrayal if I did a second fantasy. I would like to just, that to be my one and only brave stab at that genre, I think.

Declan Peter for Scotland on Sunday – What books did you read when you were a child and did they inspire you to write Harry Potter?

JK Rowling: I have said I wrote Paul Gallico and Elizabeth Goudge I read. I read a lot of stuff that my mother handed on to me, for example Enid Blyton, who is not my favourite author but when I was young I did read things like The Famous Five. Lets think, what else? I actually didn’t read a lot of fantasy, funnily enough, and although I did read the Narnia books but I never finished the series, I never read the final book and I still haven’t read it.

Maybe probably should go back and complete my education there. But I read a lot of adult books, and my mother never forbade me, I what never forbidden from reading anything on the bookshelf so I read everything and anything. I didn’t just read children books.

Jasmine Lane for the Sunday Mail from Brisbane – How many pages have you planned for the seventh book and are you thinking of finishing Harry Potter off or leaving the ending open for the future?

JK Rowling: I do not yet know really how long the seventh book will be, although I have a plan, I have not yet plotted it out chapter by chapter, so I cannot really tell you. I do not think it will be as long as Order of the Phoenix, but I am going to reserve the right to make it as long as that if I want to. Am I going to finish Harry off? I cannot possibly tell you that, I’m sorry.

Francesca Donnelly for Borders – In Harry Potter and the Half­Blood Prince, Harry and his friends grew up a lot. How did you feel about this change into adulthood throughout the book and did you regret the loss of childhood innocence?

JK Rowling: I did not regret the loss of childhood innocence because I have always found it slightly sinister when you read children’s books in which the children are not allowed any romantic feelings and are not allowed to get angry, in other words are not allowed to be normal human beings.

I think that in Order of Phoenix you have seen them grow up, seen them grow up gradually throughout the series. Certainly one of the three does a lot of growing up, he has always been the most immature in some respects and takes a big leap forward and that was somewhat intentional.

Peter O’Brien for Easons Ireland – Are you going introduce any new characters in the final book?

JK Rowling: There will be some characters who you don’t know particularly well, and there may be a couple of new characters, but nobody really major. You know pretty much the cast list by now.

Zoe Brennan for The Sun – If you could choose to be anyone in history, who would you be and why?

JK Rowling: Anyone in history?


JK Rowling: Oh gosh. You see, the people I admire most, people like Jane Austen, I do not think had particularly happy lives, so I would not really want to live their lives. Then you could be selfish and choose to be someone like Henry the 8th who lived for pleasure, but I would not want to do that either.

To be honest with you, I am a very happy person, I can’t think of anyone I would rather be at the moment.

Emmy Chahal for CBC, Canada. – I was just wondering what the most valuable piece of advise you would give to an aspiring writer?

JK Rowling: Read as much as you can, I think that there is nothing as important, because that will really show you what makes good writing in your opinion, obviously it’s very subjective. You will probably go through a phrase when you imitate your favourite writers and I think that is necessary and a good learning process.

After that, you just have to accept it takes a phenomenal amount of perseverence and the people who deserve to make it … you probably will not like 90 per cent of what you like, one day you write a single page you like and build on that.

Sam Howells for the Sunday Mirror – Is there a certain person, author or childhood experience that influenced your talent and style of writing in children’s books?

JK Rowling: Another author did you say?


JK Rowling: I do not think there is a single author. I have said before, there is a writer called Elizabeth Goudge who wrote The Little White Horse. She described in minute detail the food everyone ate. The fact that the feasts at Hogwarts are fulsomely described I think. I think the fact I know what my characters are eating, I do not know what that says about me. I can’t think of anyone who has really, you know, directly influenced it, more than that, really, sorry.

Katie MacDonald for the Edinburgh Evening News – Is there anything that you wrote in books one to five that you wished you could have changed for the plot of Harry Potter and the Half­Blood Prince?

JK Rowling: I have now been writing Harry Potter for 15 years, so have had lots of time to refine the plot, the course of the narrative, so I do not think I would change that.

Ross Cowan for Scotland Today – What was your favourite book when you were a child?

JK Rowling: My favourite book, it varied a lot. There are so many. A book I really liked and that my daughter has really enjoyed … is Manx Mouse by Paul Gallico, a book for slightly younger children. I still think it is a very good and intriguing book. Give it a look if you fancy something slightly different.

Karis Ronaldson for Historic Scotland Magazine – Do the Harry Potter films meet your expectations?

JK Rowling: Yes, they do. I mean there are obviously things that are not the same as the books but that is because if you did every scene in the book and translated that into films, the films would be about 24 hours each, so they have got to prune and change things slightly. By and large they meet my expectations.

I have spoken about walking into the Great Hall, I have worked with Chris Columbus, the director of the first two films, and he asked me quite a lot about how things looked, it was really like walking into my own head, it was a very peculiar experience.

Helen Carron for ITV – My favourite characters are Fred and George, because, like, they are really funny and I like all the inventions they make, my favourite being the extendable ears. Which Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes inventions from their joke shop do you like best and why?

JK Rowling: From the joke shop, well, my favourite has to be the day dream charm, you know where you sort of plug yourself into this day dream and you escape from your school lesson which I could do without a magical product quite easily and I am sure many of you could, it appeared to be that they boxed a fantasy and you could do it to a boring class. I liked that one the best.

Lizzy Atkinson for The Guardian – Harry’s parents died but he was comforted by the Mirror of Erised. Now Sirius has gone but there is no hope of seeing him again, are the books getting darker and closer to real life?

JK Rowling: Well, in a sense, they are because but I think that reflects real life in that Harry is older now so he has more comprehension of what loss means, very young people are sometimes I think anaesthetised, it is not to say it is not extremely painful but they perhaps receive more comfort because of their youth. Harry is very isolated now.

Having said that, I am sometimes surprised people say that the books are becoming darker because obviously Philosopher’s Stone started with a double murder and I think there is some very gruesome imagery, the back of the head on Quirrell’s head, I still think is one of the creepiest thing I have written, I can’t think the first books were devoid of dark things.

Sorley Richardson for Publishing News – Why did you have to kill Sirius when it was the best thing that happened to Harry for years?

JK Rowling: We are back to me being a murderer, aren’t we? People have asked me this a lot. I have been repeatedly told Sirius was my favourite character, why did he have to die? You can imagine how bad that makes me feel and in fact after I killed Sirius I went on the Internet and somehow stumbled across a fansite devoted entirely to Sirius and I killed him in the last 48 hours, so that wasn’t good.

I think you will realise why he had to go in terms of plot when you read the seventh book. It wasn’t arbitrary although part of the answer is the one I have given before. It is more satisfying I think for the reader if the hero has to go on alone and to give him too much support makes his job too easy, sorry.

Harry Malinson for Red House – When you are writing Harry Potter, how often do you find the story taking you somewhere you never expected to go?

JK Rowling: It has happened. It happened much more in the earlier books than it happens now, because these days things are sort of becoming tighter and tighter. I have now plotted the books over such a long time that I don’t really have much leeway to stray from my plot and once I reach book 7, there has to be no margin because I know exactly what I have to do now and I am going to go ahead and do it. But in the early days things did wander off and sometimes still characters want to go one way and I want them to go another way and sometimes the best thing to do is write that way out of your system and put it to one side and carry on. Hermione often goes wandering.

Ani Morison for Sunday Star Times New Zealand – My question is why does Harry keep going back to the Dursleys, when he is closer to the Weasleys than he is to them?

JK Rowling: That has been explained in the books to an extent, it has been explained in the books but possibly you haven’t yet finished this book when it is made very clear. Harry receives magical protection from his mother’s sacrifice as long as he remains close to her blood. In other words, Aunt Petunia. That protection won’t continue to hold once he is a man, once he turns 17 – he is no longer given that protective aura by his mother, so Dumbledore wants him to go back one more time to ensure the protection continues to his 17th birthday and after that he really is on his own.

Owen Jones for ITV – What has happened to Umbridge?

JK Rowling: Well obviously we would all like to hear that she met a horrible accident but she is in fact alive and well and working at the Ministry.

Why doesn’t she get arrested for trying to use an Unforgivable Curse?

JK Rowling: She has good contacts at the Ministry. She is one of those people, and they do exist in real life, who will always side with the established order. As far as she is concerned authority cannot be wrong so she doesn’t question it, and I would go as far as to say that whatever happened and whoever took over at the Ministry, Umbridge would be there, she likes power. So she is going to side with the people who give her the authority.

Sarah Wallace for the Irish Independent – How did you think of the bond between Harry and Lord Voldemort?

JK Rowling: That is another one of those questions that goes right to the heart of the series. I can’t answer. It touches way too closely on book 7. Sorry. Good question.

Harriet Falshaw for Tescos – How did you come to think of Harry Potter?

JK Rowling: The basic idea was of a boy who didn’t know he was a wizard, and then received this letter out of the blue. So that was the idea that came to me, Harry as a character was very real to me from the start. And as a character was entirely imaginary and he came first. Harry came first and then everything came out from Harry. So I thought: His parents are dead, how did they die? Who killed them? And that is how, and it spread out and from Harry.

David Moulds for the News of the World – How does Aunt Petunia know about dementors and all the other magical facts she knows?

JK Rowling: Another very good question. She overheard a conversation, that is all I am going to say. She overheard conversation. The answer is in the beginning of Phoenix, she said she overheard Lily being told about them basically.

Is that true?

JK Rowling: Yes. The reason I am hesitant is because there is more to it than that. As I think you suspect. Correctly, but I don’t want to say what else there is because it relates to book 7.

Amy Rice for the Daily Record – If you could have one more thing, what would it be?

JK Rowling: If I could have one more thing? I don’t deserve anything else, I have everything I could possibly want. Do you mean in terms of the books or my life?


JK Rowling: Am I allowed to ask for things like world peace? Obviously, who wouldn’t want that? But personally, I would be unbelievably greedy if I asked for anything more. I am a very lucky person.

Alexandra Le Couteur Williamson for the South Australian Advertiser – When you start, do you do a complete plan before you start writing, or do you just have an idea from the start and then just keep writing.

JK Rowling: I do a plan. I plan, I really plan quite meticulously. I know it is sometimes quite boring because when people say to me, “I write stories at school and what advice would you give me to make my stories better?” And I always say ­­ and people’s face often fall when I say ­­ “You have to plan,” and they say “Oh, I prefer just writing and seeing where it takes me”. Sometimes writing and seeing where it takes you will lead you to some really good ideas but I would say nearly always it won’t be as good as if you sat down first and thought: Where do I want to go, what end am I working towards, what would be good, a good start? Sorry, very dull.

Stephanie Chapman for Woolworths – If you were placed in a House, which would it be and why?

JK Rowling: Well, I would want to be in Gryffindor and the reason I would want to be in Gryffindor is because I do prize courage in all its various ramifications. I value it more highly than any other virtue and by that I mean not just physical courage and flashy courage, but moral courage.

And I wanted to make that point in a very first book with Neville, because Neville doesn’t have that that showy macho type of courage that Harry shows playing quidditch. But at the end, what Neville does at the end of Philosopher’s Stone to stand up to his friends and risk their dislike and approval is hugely courageous so I would want to be in Gryffindor. That is not to say I would be there. I think there is a good bit of Hufflepuff in me.

I was wondering, I heard you cried when you killed off Sirius, did you cry at the end of this book.

JK Rowling: I was a bit teary with Sirius, but I was seriously upset at the end of this book.

Joseph Rawlins for the BBC World Service – Which book was hardest to write for you?

JK Rowling: Goblet of Fire.

Is that true?

JK Rowling: Between Goblet of Fire and Chamber of Secrets, that was very hard. At one third of the way into writing it, Philosopher’s Stone had this huge success which was totally unexpected. I was happy about that, but it also frightened me because I thought I cannot reproduce this, it is a flash in the pan, I was temporarily blocked in writing Chamber of Secrets.

Goblet of Fire was difficult because by that time I was exhausted. I had been writing as well as being a single mother, as well as trying to hold down a succession of day jobs, I was very tired, Goblet was a bit of a struggle. By the end of that book I really knew I had to take some time off and relax a bit.

Tristan Kent for the Victoria Herald Sun, Australia – Why did you need to kill people that are close to Harry?

JK Rowling: Do you mean – Why are you such an unpleasant woman? Well, I do not enjoy doing it, obviously, but when you have a hero who is growing up and growing to fulfil a certain destiny, which Harry now is, the ruthless answer is it is much more interesting for him to do that alone. So in terms of your story and your plot and also when you are trying to show the journey of a child into a man really which is what Harry is, the next book he is going to come of age within the wizarding world, so legally actually a man, that is a dramatic and poignant way of showing that journey is to strip him of the people closest to him.

That and I am nasty obviously!

Daniella Hayman for the Sunday Times, South Africa – When you started writing the books, did you always plan for Harry Potter to want to be an auror or did you have something else in mind?

JK Rowling: I always planned for him to want to be an auror but that was an ambition he could not have early on in the book because he had never met them and it was much more interesting for him to discover what they are and then conceive the ambition.

I did not have the name auror early in the books. I always wanted to be that, join the ministry and fight, with his feelings at the moment possibly he will not have that ambition in book seven but…

Huw Jones for the Financial Times – As an author, what was your favourite moment whilst writing Harry Potter? What idea pleased you the most?

JK Rowling: That is a really difficult question to answer. In this book, you know when ­­ if you have not read it, have not finished it yet, forgive me, have you finished the book?

I’m on the last two chapters.

JK Rowling: Then you have got to Luna Lovegood commentating at the Quidditch match, that amused me. The things I often remember best imagining are the funny moments because they tend to come very suddenly, you suddenly think of the joke so that is very satisfying. I also love writing dialogue,… between Harry, Ron and Hermione particularly.

Peter Humphreys for BBC Newsround. – Who did Fawkes previously belong to and will he play a vital role in the next book?

JK Rowling: I am not going to answer about the role in the next books, which probably gives you a big clue, and he has never been owned by anyone but Dumbledore. You will notice that when Harry goes back in the Pensieve in this book, Fawkes is never there, and ­­ no, I am sorry, not in this book, I take that back. When Harry has previously seen the study with a different headmaster he saw it with Dippet and Fawkes was not there then. Fawkes is Dumbledore’s possession, not a Hogwarts possession.

Imogen Ni Ealai for Dubray Books, Ireland – How has your life changed since you became extremely successful?

JK Rowling: It has changed hugely. For a while I used to, if someone said to me, “What is it like being well known”, I used to say, “I’m not well known”, because I was in denial and found it quite scary for a while.

In one sense it has been incredible, because I have been to places that I would not have been otherwise. I have travelled a lot. I had never been to America, for example, before 1998 and the first time I went for a book signing, which as incredible.

I have been to Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and the White House. I cannot think how on earth I could have been to all of those places without Harry Potter, so all of that has been incredible.

Catherine Quinn for the Irish Times – If you played Quidditch, which position would you play and why?

JK Rowling: I have to say, there is no way anyone would allow me to play Quidditch, I am sure I would be lousy. I am not a sporty person.

If I absolutely had to play Quidditch, I think I would do least damage ­­ I do not like pain much, so I would say Chaser, but the Bludgers are an ever present danger, I might say could I be Keeper and just, you know, dodge around by the goalposts and keep out of trouble.

Seeker is way too skilful for me. Obviously everyone would aspire to be the Seeker but I couldn’t do it, no way.

Lydia Halls for the Funday Times in England – If you were given Veritaserum, what would you be most likely to divulge?

JK Rowling: What a horrific questions that, you are truly a budding Rita Skeeter. I mean that in a nice way.

I hope so.

JK Rowling: I mean deep probing. What I would tell people, you obviously mean something I maybe would like to conceal.

Or like the excuse to tell people.

JK Rowling: I see what you mean, I totally see what you mean. Probably, truthfully, I would tell everyone the plot of book seven, because there is always this huge conflict in my life in that half of me ­­ at least half of me ­­ would love to sit here and talk ­­ it is fun, it would be great to sit here and talk about book seven and enjoy it with you people who really know the other books. That would be so interesting, but obviously the other half of me is well aware I do not think you really want me to do that, you are going to contradict me, but I think you would rather read it, wouldn’t you?


JK Rowling: That is a relief.

Scott Ballard for The Bookseller – Will Lord Voldemort ever found out what the prophecy fully said?

JK Rowling: That is one of those very good questions that I don’t think I can answer. I am sorry, that is always very frustrating, but the most penetrating questions generally I cannot answer because they could give a lot away, so I would ­­ I am not going to answer that. Sorry.

Ailsa Floyd for the Times Educational Supplement in Scotland – How did you think up the motto “Never tickle sleeping dragons”, which appears under the crest? Is there a story about it?

JK Rowling: You know the way that most school slogans are thing like persevere and nobility, charity and fidelity or something, it just amused me to give an entirely practical piece of advice for the Hogwarts school motto.

Then a friend of mine who is a professor of classics – my Latin was not up to the job, I did not think it should be cod Latin, it is good enough for cod Latin spells, that is they used to be a mixture of Latin and other things. When it came to a proper Latin slogan for the school I wanted it to be right, I went to him and asked him to translate. I think he really enjoyed it, he rang me up and said, “I think I found the exactly right word, ‘Titillandus'”, that was how that was dreamt up.

Richard Wheatley for the RNIB – Blind children everywhere are delighted that they can read this book at the same time as sighted people, would you ever include a blind character in one of your Harry Potter books?

JK Rowling: Funny you should say that because at one point there was a blind character who went by the name of Mopsus, and I will let you look him up because there is a mythological connection there, but he sort of ­­ that was a very early character and he had the power of second sight, in other words he was a bit like Professor Trelawney, he was a very, very early character, this was when I was drafting Philosopher’s Stone, the reason I cut him was he was too good. As the story evolved, if there was somebody who really could do divination at the time that Harry was alive, it greatly diminished the drama of the story because someone out there knew what was going to happen.

So that is why Mopsus went and I have never really replaced him, although I suppose Mad-Eye Moody, had some of Mopsus’ characterisation. He has one magical eye because he lost an eye in a fight with a Death Eater, so good question.

Hannah Lawson for the Daily Telegraph – What job would you have if you were not a writer?

JK Rowling: There is no job I would particularly like to have after being a writer because I always wanted to be a writer, but the job I did that I liked best after being a writer was being a teacher. I liked teaching teenagers best, that was my forte, I do not think I was a brilliant teacher I have to say up front but I liked that best.

The alternative would be to be what I sometimes did, I worked as a temporary secretary and that was fantastic because it was a fairly dull job in places but I used to type up stories when nobody was looking so now I can confess.

Clare Fordyce for the Scottish Book Trust – What character would you hate most to be stuck on a desert island with?

JK Rowling: Oh my word. That is a good one.

Lockhart would get a little tedious after 30 seconds. Umbridge, Umbridge wouldn’t be good. I mean Voldemort would not be good in the sense that he would kill me, but I would rather die than be stuck on an island with Umbridge or Lockhart.

Who else? Vernon Dursley, oh no, in fact I have been places with people like Vernon Dursley, that is uncomfortable. Umbridge and Lockhart just for the ­­ I could not bear it, even thinking about it.

Robert Dawson for Asda – If you were an animagus, what would you like to be?

JK Rowling: This always amuses me this idea. You see, you do not know what you are going to be until you have done it, so you might spend half a decade trying to turn into an animal and then find out you were a slug or something, which would be most unpleasant.

I gave Hermione my favourite animal, which is an otter. If you wanted to be something impressive, you would probably be something like a stag or a tiger, would you not, I just suspect I might be a guinea pig or something which would be so embarrassing.

Emma Wilson for Young Scot – If on that train to London Harry Potter had not popped into your head, what do you think you would be like and what would you do today?

JK Rowling: That is a really strange thought, isn’t it? My feeling is that at some point I was going to think of Harry, because he did encapsulate so many things I liked.

I had been writing for years when I thought of Harry. My feeling is that my idea of Harry was going to come at some point. I love freakish names and I have always been interested in folk lore and I think it was a logical thing for me to end up writing even though it came so suddenly. Because of my interests, I probably would have had the idea at some point. The question is what would have happened if I had not persevered with it? Would I have been published with a different idea. Then my life would have been really different, I do not know, so the lesson there I suppose is just to keep working.

Laura Henderson for Sunday Times Scotland – Have you found it harder writing Harry Potter now that it is so famous?

JK Rowling: The actual writing is still nothing but pleasure, although I have said that Goblet was a bit of a stretch, but that was not ­­ well, no, I did feel the pressure during the writing of Goblet, definitely, but during ­­ I absolutely loved writing Half-Blood Prince, it was an enjoyable experience from start to finish, I would say the two books I have enjoyed writing most, and I have been most relaxed in my life at the time, were Azkaban and Prince. So there you are, it depends on a lot of different factors.

Lucy Adams for Radio Five Live – Did you have to rewrite any parts of your newest book?

JK Rowling: You always rewrite while you are writing it and then your editor sees it and will suggest things and I do not think I had to do any major rewriting after my editor had seen it, it was more a question of sometimes things are obvious to me as the writer and my editor will say, that might not be too clear to the reader, so I have to go back and sharpen things up or maybe need a little more exposition there to make people understand what is going on, so it is normally things of that order.

Sam Dordoy for Ottakars – Your books have a theme of racism with the wizards oppressing other races and half­bloods. Do you think this has changed how people think when they read them?

JK Rowling: do not think I am pessimistic but I think I am realistic about how much you can change deeply entrenched prejudice, so my feeling would be that if someone were a committed racist, possibly Harry Potter is not going to be to have effect.

I would hope that it has made people think, I mean I do not write the books thinking what is my message for today, what is my moral, that is not how I set out to write a book at all. I am not trying to criticise or make speeches to you in any way, but at the same time, it would be great if the people thought about bullying behaviour or racism.

The house elves is really for slavery, isn’t it, the house elves are slaves, so that is an issue that I think we probably all feel strongly about enough in this room already.

Samatha Scattergood for Waterstones – Which is your favourite member of the Order of the Phoenix?

JK Rowling: I keep killing all my favourite members of the Order of the Phoenix, but there is one member of the Order of the Phoenix that you have not yet met properly and you will ­­ well, you know that they are a member, but you haven’t really met them properly yet and you will meet them in seven, so I am looking forward to that.

Chloe Anwyll for the Sunday Express – Voldemort has been involved some way or another in all the books, will he be throughout to the end of book seven or will there be a twist that means Harry books may continue?

JK Rowling: He will definitely be in book seven and that is as far as I am going to go on that.

Michael Farr for Indigo books and music – When is the seventh book going to finally come out because it took two years for this one to come out?

JK Rowling: I am going to say now I think it will be at least another two year wait (groans). Sorry, I think it probably will be just being realistic. My plan is to start writing seriously at the end of the year because I still have a very young baby, although I am doing some work on it at the moment.

Eun Ji An for, Canada – I was wondering why Harry had glasses?

JK Rowling: Because I had glasses all through my childhood and I was sick and tired of the person in the books who wore the glasses was always the brainy one and it really irritated me and I wanted to read about a hero wearing glasses.

It also has a symbolic function, Harry is the eyes on to the books in the sense that it is always Harry’s point of view, so there was also that, you know, facet of him wearing glasses.

Hannah Fenwick for Kingdom FM – I would like to know how you have time to write the book because you have got two children?

JK Rowling: I have three children now. Well, I am quite good at prioritising my time so I no longer write a five day week, I write sometimes I do, but most of the… or two and a half days a week, so I sort of work around my children, so I spend a lot of time with them.

Actually I probably more effective considered on a sort of words per hour basis when I have slightly less time. When I was writing Goblet of Fire, I had entire days at my disposal because I only had one child at school, and yet I do not think I was as productive as I am now, funnily enough.

Erin Bower representing the Sunday Herald – Wondering if you have ever written anything before that has complicated something you wrote afterwards? Like A tells B something and B is not meant to know that until later, how did you get around this problem?

JK Rowling: That is a very good question, it shows a lot of insight into the problems of having a very long plot.

I have normally caught things in time. During the writing of Chamber of Secrets, the story line of the Half-Blood Prince in this book was initially incorporated into the second book and I obviously do not want an elaborate on that in case people haven’t finished the book and that is why the working title of Chamber of Secrets was the Half-Blood Prince, it became clear to me during the writing of that book that I had two major plots here that really did not work too well together side by side, so one had to be pulled out, it became clear immediately that.

I could have soldiered on, included that information there and that would have been messed up the later plot, as you know if you have. I will be very careful, the revelations about the half-blood, for instance, would have blown a lot of things open…

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Editor americano Levine em EdP: ‘Há muitas respostas’

Tradução: Frede_Potter
Revisão: {patylda}

Anelli, Melissa. “American Editor Levine on HBP: ‘There are a lot of answers,’ The Leaky Cauldron, June 16, 2005

TLC attended yesterday’s unveiling of Scholastic’s 30-day countdown clock at its New York City store. Kids from a nearby elementary school gathered around the huge Half-Blood Prince display and answered trivia questions posted to them by Arthur Levine, the main editor of the Scholastic edition of Harry Potter, and Barbara Marcus, the executive vice president of Scholastic. The kids chanted Alohomora, and the two execs pulled back curtains to reveal the countdown clock.

See pics of the event here; cycle through by hitting “next” at the bottom of each! (These pics were taken by Leaky designer extraordinaire, John Noe.)

After Mr. Levine and Ms. Marcus were through with the event, they were kind enough to stick around to answer some of our questions. Levine said:

“[Fans] will like the fact that they are finally getting a lot of answers … You have moments when you say, ‘Wow, Harry is really growing up,’ which is not something you would have said three books ago. … Gosh, Hermione? You know, ‘You go girl.'”

There’s more in the video; we threw in a little uptempo music to reflect the mood of the day as well as the free, fun attitude of Mr. Levine and Ms. Marcus. (Make sure you watch to the end. There’s also a little joke for the sharp-eared fan in there, if you can spot it.) These files are brought to you by the good folk at Streamload.

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The Interview (transcription by Sue Upton)

After montage of event, Barbara Marcus and Arthur Levine together, waving at camera: “HI LEAKY CAULDRON!”

They turn to huge Half-Blood Prince Countdown clock and Book Cover: “And LOOK, look what’s about to happen!”

Barbara Marcus: “It’s incredibly exciting, and all the activities are starting to come in, and everyone is trying to get really creative now, and thats all very exciting. We just wanna make sure that it all, everything goes perfectly.”

Arthur Levine: “I think they will like the fact that they finally are getting a lot of answers. Definitely J.K. Rowling has paced the books in a very deliberate way, and this is book six. She only has two more, and so she really has to start (BM: “Including this one.”) yeah, and book seven ( BM: “Don’t get [inaudible], Melissa will write, “Oh my god, there’s a book eight!”) [Laughter.]

AL: “No, of all people, I know the Leaky Cauldron know what the score is! But, you finally, there are a lot of, there are a lot of answers.[He nods several times] And I think that is the most satisfying thing for fans.”

AL: “I guess for me the most satisfying thing is to see the continuing emotional development of the characters. To see them, to actually see them growing up, which is something that, as in with your children, you don’t neccessarily notice on an ongoing basis but you have moments that you say, ‘Wow,’ you know? ‘Harry is really growing up,’ you know. And it’s not something you would have said three books ago [laughter]or when he first got to Hogwarts, or… Gosh, Hermione? (Nods) You know, “YOU GO GIRL.” [laughter]

BM: “We knew that from the begining though.”

AL: “Right we knew that, but she didnt always – but she’s come a long way. So I think the character development is for me, the most satisfying.”

BM: “Aren’t we lucky? I mean that’s the word that always comes into mind, aren’t we lucky to have had this experience?”

AL: This may sound odd, but I’m just not that aware of the larger phenomenon. It’s not my job to be aware of the larger phenomenon. It my job to be focused on a book, on Jo as the author, and this, the sixth of a seven book cycle. [It’s like having the] sense of having been watching an artist paint, but the Sistine Chapel or something like that, and seeing the last bits color going, coming into the picture, finally. … Espeically the night of [the book release], that has always been the point of that I allow myself to feel that pleasure of seeing kids online, and adults, at midnight for a book.”

BM: “Mature worldly kids, and there are tons of worldly mature kids out there and adults who turn around and go go, ‘OK, the next Harry Potter is coming out. I’m gonna go back and read the first ones again.’ I mean that’s so [touches heart] How amazing? How amazing is that?”

AL: “The idea that a pub[lication] date is part of America’s cultural awareness is unique. This author has set up this incredibly elaborate puzzle, you know, putting a little piece here, a little piece there and still it’s continually amazing that this little tiny minor detail from book two suddenly becomes a plot point – I’m making that up by the way, that’s randomly chosen from my head [laughter].

BM: “You never know who the kid, that’s the other unbelievable thing, you never know who the kid that is gonna be connected and is so passionate about it. You think you do, but you don’t.”

BM: “The readers drag you back to that moment of, ‘This is why this is such a big deal.’ It’s the readers, it’s the book, it’s having the opportunity to have known J.K. Rowling, all that, has been so amazing.”

AL, standing with Cheryl Klein, continuity editor on HP: And, the Half-Blood Prince is – [Cheryl clamps her hand over Arthur’s mouth and smiles smugly while Arthur reveals the secret behind her hand (or so we think)].

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Editora tem 10 milhões de livros de Harry Potter prontos

Tradução: Naty Granger
Revisão: {patylda}

Parsons, Claudia. “Publisher has over 10 million Potter books ready,” Reuters, June 5, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A stolen copy of the new Harry Potter novel may already have surfaced in Britain, but the book’s American publisher is confident the latest tale of the boy wizard’s adventures will be kept secret, at least on this side of the Atlantic, until next month’s publication.

Barbara Marcus, president of Children’s Book Publishing at Scholastic — author J.K. Rowling’s U.S. publisher — said 10.8 million copies of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” had been printed.

Most them will be in bookstores on July 16, with some held in reserve for restocking.

In an interview at the Book Expo America trade fair in New York, Marcus said security was tight but Scholastic was relying on booksellers to make sure there are no leaks or early sales.

“They really know what their responsibility is. The only thing we hold over people’s heads is that we say we can’t ship any more books,” she said, noting that the threat of being cut off from future supplies was keeping booksellers from breaking the rules.

“Everybody wants to be able to put this book in the hands of the children,” she said.

Marcus spoke shortly before news emerged that two Britons had been charged with firearms offenses on Saturday after reportedly trying to sell a stolen copy of the new Harry Potter book to the London tabloid the Sun for nearly $91,000.

The latest book is the sixth installment in the hugely popular series about the boy wizard and his friends. The fifth adventure, published in 2003, made publishing history, selling 5 million copies within 24 hours. Pre-orders have already made the new book the top seller on Amazon.

Marcus said she was one of just a handful of people who had read the book, including the editors responsible for Americanizing the text.

“I would say definitely fewer than 10 people have read it,” said Marcus, who bought the American rights to the series for $105,000 back in 1997. She said it seemed like a lot of money at the time “for an unpublished first book by an unknown British writer.”

Scholastic has sold 103 million copies of the previous five Harry Potter books and is providing promotional material for bookshops around the country which plan to hold midnight parties for fans to buy the book the moment it goes on sale.

“The booksellers have taken control and I would say there are going to be thousands and thousands of midnight parties at 12.01 on July 16,” Marcus said.

She declined to give away much about the new book, beyond repeating a few snippets that Rowling has already revealed.

“There’s a new minister of magic, someone dies but it’s not Harry or Voldemort, and the half blood prince is not Harry or Voldemort,” she said.

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Dentro da BookExpo America: Pistas de Harry Potter

Tradução: Beatriz Fernandes
Revisão: {patylda}

Jacobson, Aileen. “Inside BookExpo America: Hints of Harry Potter [excerpt],”, June 4, 2005

Alas, I was less successful wheedling any information about the new Harry Potter from the book’s editor, Arthur Levine. “There’s a new character named Maclaggen,” he said, and spelled the name. And …? And nothing. Levine clammed up. Jim Dale had mentioned yesterday that somebody dies. True? “I can neither confirm nor deny.” Does Harry have a girlfriend? “I can’t say … He’s definitely growing up in all areas of his life.” Later, he said he didn’t experience this book to be as dark as the last, though the overall arc of the series is that the “world is getting more pernicious.” This one, he said, “has more romance in general.” And then he and marketing VP Jennifer Pasanen, who was sitting in, started humming “Love is in the air.” Well, it’s a clue.

Unless someone swipes a copy of “HP and the Half-Blood Prince” (as two men already did in London, but they were caught), we’ll have to wait until July 16.

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Arthur Levine fala sobre o Enigma do Príncipe na CNN

Tradução: Rö. Granger

Hammer, A.J., “Arthur Levine talks Half-Blood Prince on CNN,” CNN, May 23, 2005

Transcription of television broadcast

A.J. HAMMER, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): We’ve gone straight to the top to uncover the secrets of the next Harry Potter book. Here at the publishing company’s own book store, we tracked down the publisher of installment No. 6, “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.” The magic trick we try to perform is to get even a hint of what’s in the story.

(on camera): Have you read the book?

BARBARA MARCUS, SCHOLASTIC: And it has a — I’m not at liberty to

HAMMER: You’re not at liberty to tell me if you’ve read the book?

MARCUS: No, we’re not at liberty to tell.

HAMMER: Well security pretty tight around here.

(voice-over): The editor wasn’t much help either.

(on camera): Does anyone die in the next Harry Potter book?

ARTHUR LEVINE, EDITOR: I can’t tell you that.

HAMMER: OK, I can see where this is going to go.


HAMMER: Do Ron and Hermione actually get together finally? There’s been sort of this, you know, a little tension between them. Are they…

LEVINE: You know it’s interesting that you should ask that because I can’t tell you that.

HAMMER: OK. Well, here’s one for sure you can tell me. Who’s the new Minister of Magic?

LEVINE: I can’t tell you that.

HAMMER (voice-over): There are some facts out there. The sixth book in the series releases July 16 worldwide, and preorders for the book have already put it at the top of and’s best seller lists.

It has been two years since the fifth book, which has sold more than 16 million copies in this country alone. And just like the last time, bookstores are planning parties and events to handle the crowds.

MARCUS: Last time, booksellers sold five million books over the first weekend. We, right now, have 10.8 million copies that are going to be coming off the press and being sent to book stores, because we know that there are millions and millions of families and children waiting to read the next Harry Potter.

HAMMER: But as for what’s in that book….

LEVINE: Well, I can tell you that there is a new character named McClaggan.

HAMMER (on camera): We got a little something.

LEVINE: You got a little something, something.

HAMMER: McClaggan. And McClaggan is?

LEVINE: McClaggan. I’m not going to tell you that.

HAMMER (voice-over): In this case, fans of the story will just have to read all about it.

A.J. Hammer, CNN, New York.


Source: Videotape, CNN

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Lutar em uma batalha que nunca será vencida

Tradução: thiagofpw
Revisão: {patylda}

Rowling, Joanne Kathleen. “Fighting In A Battle That Will Never Be Won” (Príncipe de Asturias Prize acceptance speech), 25 October 2003.

It was a big surprise and an even greater honour for me when I knew I had received the Príncipe de Asturias Prize of Concord. Indeed, I didn’t intend to teach or preach to children. In fact, I think that, except for some rare exceptions, fiction literature works for children lose interest when the author is more focused in teaching morals to their readers than in captivating them with his or her tale.

Nevertheless, I’ve always believed that Harry Potter books are highly moral. I wanted to portray the ambiguity of a society where intolerance, cruelty, hypocrisy and corruption are frequent, so I could better show how heroic it can be, no matter what your age is, fighting in a battle that will never be won. I also wanted to reflect the fact that life between 11 and 17 years old can be hard and confusing, even if one has a magic wand.

I started to write 32 years ago and I’ve never wanted to be anything else other than a writer. When I was a child I got lost in my books, which were something essential for me, and my appreciation for them has grown with time. Children need tales because they need to test their imagination, to try by themselves other people’s ideas, to live other lives, to send their minds to places where their bodies aren’t mature enough to go yet. There is no movie, TV show, computer game or videogame that can emulate the magic that exists when the imagination of a reader meets with that of the author to create and unique and private world.

The Príncipe de Asturias Prize means very much for me, for it celebrates the aspect of my books I’m most proud of: the fact that so many children, coming from so different circumstances and conditions, have chosen to follow Harry through his five years at Hogwarts so far. That’s why I will donate the money of this prize to the Developing Countries Fund of the International Reading Association, which promotes literacy worldwide.

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