J.K. Rowling may write another Potter book — but should she?!
Yeah, this is a tease, just like all the other stories you’ve seen this week. J.K. Rowling told a child at the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday that she “doesn’t rule out” writing another Harry Potter book, reports the Washington Post. But not until “maybe ten years from now.” So no need to line up at the bookstore yet.
Rowling read to a group of children and answered questions. One child asked if she wants to write more books now. “Yes, I do, and I am,” Rowling said. “I’m quite sure in the not-too-distant future I will bring out another book.”
Unconfirmed rumors have had her working on a mystery novel for a couple of years now.
Rowling also revealed that she took the name “Potter” from a family she knew growing up. She liked it much better than her own name, which got her teased by friends and classmates, with other kids calling her “rolling pin.”
For more on Rowling and Pottermania, MTV Movie Blogs reports what Rowling has said, at various times, happens after the end of the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and speculates where a resumption of the series might go.
As Adam Rosenberg reports, we know that Harry marries Ginny Weasley and becomes an Auror — “the magic-world equivalent of a keeper of the peace.” Eventually he becomes head of the department — is that like director of the wizard’s FBI? Rowling could do something like Harry Potter and the Untouchables. Or Harry Potter and the X-Files.
Harry and Ginny have children, we know, and so do Hermione and Ron. Further books could follow them back to Hogwarts for fresh advenures — sort of Harry Potter: The Next Generation.
Rosenberg also suggests Rowling take a hint from George Lucas’s and his (mis)treatment of the Star Wars universe by delivering a series of prequels featuring Harry’s parents, James and Lily, as well as Snape, Tom Riddle, Sirius Black, and the other older characters: Harry Potter: Episode One.
Or Rowling could go even earlier, to tell the story of how Hogwarts came to be, and how the magical world and its uneasy relation to the Muggle world developed.
Perhaps the best of Rosenberg’s suggestions is that Rowling abandon Harry and his friends and relations to explore characters and aspects of the big magical world only hinted at in the first seven books. The possibilities for invention would seem to be endless.
I say: Don’t do it, Jo!
The Harry Potter series as we know it now — seven big fantasy books leading to an apocalyptic showdown — is close to perfect. Rowling’s wisest course might be to leave it alone — the magic might arise from this particular story — and create a new fantasy realm for her next book or books.
What do you think? Should Rowling return to Harry’s world? Or leave it alone? And if she does, what would you like to see happen?