“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron. … I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”
Ron and Hermione shippers, what say you about J.K. Rowling‘s revelation — in Wonderland magazine — that she regrets pursing the love story between the two in the Harry Potter series? In fact, Rowling says that the smart and capable Hermione would have been “a better match” for Harry himself. Emma Watson, who covers and guest edits the issue of Wonderland, agreed with Rowling, writing, “I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.” Those fans certainly exist and these new comments from Rowling certainly have renewed that fight online, in the bowels of Harry Potter fandom. [Buzzfeed]
Exciting news, Potterheads! JK Rowling has announced that she has teamed up with British theater producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender to create a stage version of “Harry Potter.” The upcoming play will focus on an as-yet-unexplored time in Harry’s life: his early childhood years “as an orphan and outcast” before he received that fateful letter from Hogwarts. “Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production,” Rowling said in a statement, “but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage.” Rowling won’t be writing the script, but she will work closely with producers to ensure it matches her vision. I’ll raise my butterbeer to that! [People]
OK, it’s actually not quiiiiite that simple. Like, you can’t just go up to the counter and say, “Venti butterbeer, please!”, but thanks to the seasonal appearance of toffee nut syrup, you CAN order a Starbucks drink that tastes exactly like the butterbeer described in the Harry Potter books. Here’s the off-menu recipe for Muggles with a sweet tooth: Keep reading »
About a month ago, when J.K. Rowling announced that she was moving publishing houses and penning her first novel that wasn’t a part of the Harry Potter series in some way, that was pretty much all we knew. Little, Brown would be putting the book out, it wouldn’t be tied to the Boy Who Lived, and it was going to be written for adults, rather than the children’s or young adult market.
Today, however, Little, Brown has delivered a synopsis, release date, pricing and even a hint at how long the book is going to be on its own website. So read on, for some juicy details on J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. Read more…
J.K. Rowling celebrated Easter at the White House, reading to some kids and answering questions about the future of Harry Potter. According to the The Washington Post, Rowling said she doesn’t have explicit plans to write another Harry Potter tome, but she certainly hasn’t ruled out the idea. “Maybe 10 years from now,” she said. Eee! Even this possibility, no matter how slim, got us excited about the prospect of another book about the gang from Hogwarts. To help Rowling get started writing, we came up with some ideas for her next novel. Keep reading »