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Harry marries Ginny and then has three kids. J.K. explained that this created the family and the peace and calm that Harry never had as a child. An often asked question is what are Harry, Ron and Herione doing now? J.K. said that Harry, along with Ron, is working at the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic, and after all these years, Harry is now the department head.

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J.K. Rowling has just now announced in brand new interviews with the Today show on NBC TV today that the epilogue of Book Seven, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was actually vague on purpose. She said it was her innate desire for it to be "nebulous," something "poetic," and that she wanted the readers to feel as if they were looking at

Platform 9 3/4 through the mist, unable to make out exactly who was there and who was not. She admitted her original epilogue was "a lot more detailed," including the name of every child born to the readheaded Weasley clan. For example, Victoire, who was snogging Teddy, Lupin and Tonks' son, is Bill and Fleur's eldest child. "But it didn't work very well

as a piece of writing," J.K. said. "It felt very much that I had crowbarred in every bit of information I could. In a novel you have to resist the urge to tell everything." But now that Book 7 is in our hands, J.K. no longer has to hold back any information about the famous Potter. With 14 fans crowded around her in Edinburgh Castle in Scotland earlier this week, J.K. has now told

us the following exciting information: In the book, Voldemort meets his end and Harry lives. But J.K. said Harry's survival was not always a certainty. "In the very early days, almost everything was up for grabs," she told USA Today. "But early on I knew I wanted Harry to believe he was walking toward his death, but would survive." The epilogue tells us that

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"Harry and Ron utterly revolutionized the Auror Department," Rowling said resolutely. "They are now the experts. It doesn't matter how old they are." Meanwhile, J.K. said that Hermione, Ron's wife, is "pretty high up" in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, despite the fact that she laughed at the idea of becoming a lawyer in the scene with Scrimgeour in Deathly Hallows. "I would imagine that her brainpower and her knowledge of how the Dark Arts operate would really give her a sound grounding," J.K. said. An important point for J.K. was that Harry, Ron and Hermione don't join the same Ministry of Magic they had been at odds with for years. In joining it, they revolutionize it and help evolve the Ministry into a "really good place to be." "They made a new world," Rowling said today. Luna Lovegood, the eccentric Ravenclaw girl who was fascinated with Crumple Horned Snorkacks and Umgubular Slashkilters, continues to

march to the beat of her own drum after leaving Hogwarts. "I think that Luna is now traveling the world looking for various mad creatures," J.K. said. "She's a naturalist, whatever the wizarding equivalent of that is." But she isn't completely crazy. J.K. said that Luna comes to see the truth about her father, eventually acknowledging there are some creatures that don't exist in real life. "But I do think that she's so open-minded and just an incredible person that she probably would be uncovering things that no one's ever seen before," Rowling said. When she was first asked about the possibility of Luna hooking up with Neville Longbottom several years ago, Rowling's response was "Definitely not."

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But as time passed and she watched her young characters mature, Rowling started to "feel a bit of a pull" between the unlikely pair. Ultimately, Rowling left the question of their relationship open at the end of the book because doing otherwise "felt too

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neat." J.K. told the fans that, sadly, there is no chance that Neville's parents, who were tortured into madness by Bellatrix and Rudolphus Lestrange, will ever leave St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies. "I know people really wanted some hope for that, and I can quite see why because, in many a way, what happens to Neville's parents is truly even worse than what happened to Harry's parents," J.K. once said. "The damage that is done, in some cases with very dark magic, is truly done permanently." However, she said Neville finds happiness in his grandmother's acceptance of him as a gifted wizard and as the new herbology professor at Hogwarts. In earlier interviews, J.K. had said that there were was a character she claims she had intended to kill in book 5, Order of the Phoenix, but didn't. She admits now that character

was Ron's dad, Arthur Weasley. "He was the person who got a reprieve. When I sketched out the books, Mr. Weasley was due to die in Book Five. I swapped him for someone else, and I don't want to say who for the people who haven't read it. But I made a decision as I went into writing Phoenix that I was going to reprieve Mr. Weasley and I was going to kill someone else."

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"And if you finish the book, I expect you probably know and someone else who is a father. I couldn't bear to kill him," J.K. admitted. But there were also two characters that died who J.K. had not originally planned to kill in the finale. She said, "Fred, Lupin and Tonks really caused me a lot of pain. Lupin and Tonks were two who were killed who I had intended to keep alive. It's like an exchange of hostages, isn't it?" The pastry puff monthly • 19


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future of Hogwarts. J.K. said that "McGonagall was really getting on a bit," and nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, there is a new headmaster. Moreover, there is a whole new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and that position is now as safe as the other teaching posts at Hogwarts, since Voldemort's death broke the jinx that kept a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor from remaining for more than a year. J.K. didn't clarify about whether any of Harry, Ron and Hermione ever return to school to finish their seventh year, but she did say she could see Harry making an appearance every now and again to 20 • pastry puff monthly

give the "odd talk" on Defense Against the Dark Arts. The confusing ending, and more info to come. And for those readers who found chapter 34, when Harry enters the forest to face Voldemort once and for all, difficult to read, J.K. said she understands. It was extremely difficult to write, she says, the most difficult of all the chapters in the seven books. "I had this enormous explosion of emotion and I cried and cried and cried," she said. And while ending the series was also sad, it was also a bit of a relief, she stated. "It was this amazing cathartic moment, the end of 17 years' work," Rowling said of finishing the series, adding that

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Harry will "always be a presence in my life, really." J.K. again confirmed she may eventually reveal more details in a Harry Potter encyclopedia, but even then, it will never be enough to satisfy the most ardent of her fans.

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"They will not rest until they know the middle names of Harry's great grandparents," she said. Not that she's discouraging the Potter devotion! "I love it," she said. "I'm all for that." On Monday, July 30, J.K. Rowling gave a live online webcast interview. She gave out a bit more information in regards to what happens in the time of the epilogue. J.K. said the

world was a happier place after the seventh book and the timely death of Lord Voldemort. Harry Potter, who always voiced a desire to become an Auror, or someone who fights dark wizards, was named head of the Auror Department under the new wizarding government headed by his friend and ally, Kingsley Shacklebolt. His wife, Ginny Weasley, stuck with her athletic career, playing for the Holyhead Harpies, the all female Quidditch team. Eventually, Ginny left the team to raise their three children, James, Albus and Lily, while writing as the senior Quidditch correspondent for the wizarding newspaper, the

Daily Prophet. When asked "What child did Harry give the Marauders Map to if any," J.K. said, "I've got a feeling he didn't give it to any of them, but that James sneaked it out of his father's desk one day." Contrary to a quote in an earlier interview, J.K. says Ron Weasley joined his brother, George, as a partner at their successful joke shop called Weasley's Wizard Wheezes. George Weasley named his first child and son Fred after his twin, and he goes on to have a very successful career, helped by youngest brother Ron. Hermione Granger, Ron's wife, furthered the rights of subjugated creatures, such as house elves, in

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the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures before joining the magical law enforcement squad. The couple had two children Rose and Hugo. Harry and his friends have their own history depicted on Chocolate Frogs cards. Ron will then describe this as his finest hour. A new and improved Percy ended as a high ranking official in the brand new Ministry of Magic under Kingsley Shacklebolt.

Dolores Umbridge was arrested, interrogated and subsequently imprisoned for crimes against innocent Muggleborns. Teddy Lupin grew up living with his maternal grandmother. Neville, who was also raised by his grandmother, Teddy had his godfather, Harry, and all his father's many friends in the Phoenix Order, to visit and stay with in Hogsmeade. Luna Lovegood, Harry's airily distracted friend with a love for imaginary animals

who joins the fight against Voldemort becomes a famous wizarding naturalist who eventually marries the grandson of Newt Scamander, the author of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which has since been made into a highly successful feature length film with a sequel on the way. In the end, J.K. said, Dobby the house elf came back to life along with Lily and Hedwig. The magical world existed in harmony with Muggles, and Hermione became Minister of Magic after a distinguished career in law enforcement. Harry and Ron managed to not get into too much trouble, at long last. All was well. ◆

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hen one finishes the seventh book, I expect that readers probably know someone else who is a father. "I couldn't bear to kill him," J.K. said. But there were also two characters that died who J.K. had not originally planned to kill in the finale. She said, "Fred, Lupin and Tonks really caused me a lot of pain. Lupin and Tonks were two who were killed who I had intended to keep alive. It's like an exchange of hostages, isn't it?" The future of Hogwarts. J.K. said that Minerva "McGonagall was really getting on a bit," and nineteen years after the Battle of Hogwarts, there is a new headmaster. Also, there is a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and that position is now as safe as the other teaching posts at Hogwarts, she stated. Thus, Voldemort's death broke the jinx that kept a Defense Against the Dark Arts professor from remaining for more than a single year of school. J.K. didn't clarify whether any of 22 • pastry puff monthly

Harry, Ron and Hermione ever return to school to finish their seventh year, but she did say she could see Harry making an appearance every now and again to give the "odd talk"

difficult to read, J.K. said she understands. It was extremely difficult to write, she says seriously. "I had this enormous explosion of emotion and I cried and cried and cried," she said. And while ending the series was also sad, it was also a bit of a

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on Defense Against the Dark Arts. The confusing ending, and more info to come in full. And for those readers who found chapter 34, when Harry enters the forest to face Voldemort once and for all,

relief. "It was this amazing cathartic moment of the end of 17 years' work," Rowling said of finishing the series, and adding that Harry will "always be a presence in my life, really." J.K. again confirmed she

may eventually reveal more details in a Harry Potter encyclopedia, but even then, it will never be enough to satisfy the most ardent of her fans, who follow her every move. "I'm dealing with a level of obsession in some fans that will not rest until they know the middle names of Harry's great-greatgrandparents," she said. Not that she's discouraging the Potter devotion! On Monday, J.K. Rowling gave a live online webcast interview, and she gave out more information as to what happens in the time of the epilogue in Book 7. J.K. said the world was a sunnier, happier place after the seventh book and the death of Voldemort. Harry Potter, who had always voiced a desire to become an Auror, or someone who fights dark wizards, was named head of the Auror Department under the new wizarding government headed by his friend and ally, Kingsley Shacklebolt. Among other details, this explains why Veritaserum couldn't be used to weed out the real Death Eaters from those who claimed they had only done Voldemort's bidding

under the influence of the Imperius Curse following the First Wizarding War. However, some fans have pointed out that since described by Rowling on her website as, "an oldie about Chamber of Secrets that I've been asked at least once a week for nine years," the mystery in question concerned the Horcrux inside Harry surviving his encounter with the Basilisk in the second book of the series. Of course, the ever wise Rowling was able to shed some light on the matter. And when a fan pointed out that the Resurrection Stone still worked for Harry after Dumbledore used Godric Gryffindor's sword to destroy the Horcrux inside Marvolo Gaunt's ring, the author provided some further explanation. "Only Dumbledore [could] have extracted the soul fragment but left the original charm intact. It is, but wizards can avoid its effects by using antidotes. A gifted Occlumens could also resist Veritaserum," referring to longtime professor Severus Snape. But now that Book 7 is in our hands, J.K. Rowling no longer has to hold back any more information. And while ending the series was also sad, it was also a bit of a relief. "It was this amazing cathartic moment and the end of 17 full years' work," Rowling said of finishing the series, adding that Harry Potter and company will "always be a presence in my life, really." • Articles by Adeline Banks. Tom Banks also contributed research.

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