J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript

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Jul 30, 2007

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J.K. Rowling has just answered a whole onslaught of post-DH question in a Web chat on Bloomsbury.com. We have reordered the questions so that it reads top-down; answers are here about the characters’ future lives, the state of the wizarding world, the other two title potentials for Deathly Hallows, and much, much, more. More than 120,000 questions were sent in; and as it’s the first time J.K. Rowling has been able to answer questions so freely in a fan chat, there are spoilers and details GALORE. Read on! But here is some…

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J.K. Rowling: I’m here and I can’t wait! Bring on the questions!

Leaky Cauldron: What, if anything, did the wizarding world learn, and how did society change, as a direct result of the war with voldemort? (i.E., not as a result of harry, ron and hermione’s future careers.)

J.K. Rowling: The Ministry of Magic was de-corrupted, and with Kingsley at the helm the discrimination that was always latent there was eradicated.

J.K. Rowling: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny et al would of course play a significant part in the re-building of wizarding society through their future careers.

Ryan Love: From your fans at thesnitch.Co.Uk. Weren’t we supposed to see ginny display powerful magical abilities in “deathly hallows” and find out why it’s significant that she’s the seventh child? Was her main role in the books only to be harry’s love interest?

J.K. Rowling: Hi Ryan! Well, I think Ginny demonstrated powerful magic in the final battle, and that for a sixteen year old witch she acquitted herself pretty well. I don’t remember ever saying that her ‘seventh child’ status would prove particularly

J.K. Rowling: important in the last book, though – are you sure I said that?!

J.K. Rowling: No, the Malfoys weaseled their way out of trouble (again) due to the fact that they colluded (albeit out of self-interest) with Harry at the end of the battle.
Georgina: Did lucius malfoy, and all the other escaped death eaters, go back to azkaban

Elisabeth: In the chapter of kings cross, are they behind the veil or in some world between the real world and the veil?

J.K. Rowling: You can make up your own mind on this, but I think that Harry entered a kind of limbo between life and death.

Renee: From reading about the original owners of the deathly hallows, the peverell brothers, i’m wondering if harry and voldermort are distantly related voldermorts grandfather ended up with the resurrection stone ring?

J.K. Rowling: Yes, Harry and Voldemort are distantly related through the Peverells.

J.K. Rowling: Of course, nearly all wizarding families are related if you trace them back through the centuries. As was made clear in ˜Deathly hallows’, Peverell blood would run through many wizarding families.

Fomy: What did you feel when you finally wrote the kiss, awaited so much by the fans, of ron and hermione

J.K. Rowling: I loved writing it, and I loved the fact that Hermione took the initiative!

J.K. Rowling: Ron had finally got SPEW and earned himself a snog!

Angela Morrissey: Why is it that albus dumbledore can see harry under his invisibility cloak at certain moments? (during the series is the cloak only infallible to those who do not own a deathly hallow).

J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore, who could perform magic without needing to say the incantation aloud, was using ˜homenum revelio’ -

J.K. Rowling: ’ the human-presence-revealing spell Hermione makes use of in Deathly Hallows.

Jamie Lewis: What ever happened to winky

J.K. Rowling: She’s still at Hogwarts, and she was one of the oncoming house-elves who attacked the Death Eaters in the final battle.

Katieleigh: Does hermione still continue to do work with spew and is life any better for house elves!

J.K. Rowling: Hermione began her post-Hogwarts career at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures

J.K. Rowling: where she was instrumental in greatly improving life for house-elves and their ilk. She then moved (despite her jibe to Scrimgeour) to the Dept. of Magical Law Enforcement

J.K. Rowling: where she was a progressive voice who ensured the eradication of oppressive, pro-pureblood laws.

Tineke: Did teddy grow up living with his grandmother?

J.K. Rowling: Yes, Teddy was raised by Andromeda.

J.K. Rowling: However, unlike Neville, who was also raised by his grandmother

J.K. Rowling: Teddy had his godfather, Harry, and all his father’s friends in the Order, to visit and stay with.

Blodeuwedd: Hi jk, first of all thank you for all the books I have enjoyed each and every one of them could you tell us what professions harry, hermione, ron, ginny and luna go on to have did the trio do their final year at school and take their newts who became hea

J.K. Rowling: Harry did so (just because Voldemort was gone, it didn’t mean that there would not be other Dark witches and wizards in the coming years).

J.K. Rowling: Ron joined George at Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes, which became an enormous money-spinner..

J.K. Rowling: After a few years as a celebrated player for the Holyhead Harpies, Ginny retired to have her family and to become the Senior Quidditch correspondent at the Daily Prophet!

Camille: What or who is peeves exactly, is he linked with the blood barons story?

J.K. Rowling: Thank you! I’ve already answered about Hermione. Kingsley became permanent Minister for Magic, and naturally he wanted Harry to head up his new Auror department.

Camille: What or who is peeves exactly, is he linked with the blood barons story?

J.K. Rowling: No, Peeves is not linked to the bloody Baron’s story.

J.K. Rowling: He is a spirit of chaos that entered the building long ago and has proved impossible to eradicate!

Jessie: Were the deathly hallows based on any realworld myth or faerie tale

J.K. Rowling: Perhaps ‘the Pardoner’s Tale’, by Chaucer.

Alicepie: What happend to luna, did she get married who to?

J.K. Rowling: She ended up marrying (rather later than Harry & co) a fellow naturalist and grandson of the great Newt Scamander (Rolf)!

Rosi: What does in essence divided mean?

J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore suspected that the snake’s essence was divided – that it contained part of Voldemort’s soul, and that was why it was so very adept at doing his bidding.

J.K. Rowling: This also explained why Harry, the last and unintended Horcrux, could see so clearly through the snake’s eyes, just as he regularly sees through Voldemort’s.

J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore is thinking aloud here, edging towards the truth with the help of the Pensieve.

Superhans: What was duldeys worst memory?

J.K. Rowling: I think that when Dudley was attacked by the Dementors he saw himself, for the first time, as he really was. This was an extremely painful, but ultimately salutory lesson, and began the transformation in him.

Superhans: What was duldeys worst memory?

J.K. Rowling: I think that when Dudley was attacked by the Dementors he saw himself, for the first time, as he really was. This was an extremely painful, but ultimately salutory lesson, and began the transformation in him.

Casey Kunze: Who killed remus and tonks I think if I knew this, I would get some closure over the very sad, but understandable, death of two of my favorite characters

J.K. Rowling: I’m so sorry! I met a couple on launch night who had come dressed as Lupin and Tonks, and I felt dreadfully guilty as I signed their books!

J.K. Rowling: Remus was killed by Dolohov and Tonks by Bellatrix.

Laura Trego: Was the absence of snapes portrait in the headmasters office in the last scene innocent or deliberate

J.K. Rowling: It was deliberate. Snape had effectively abandoned his post before dying, so he had not merited inclusion in these august circles.

J.K. Rowling: However, I like to think that Harry would be instrumental in ensuring that Snape’s portrait would appear there in due course.

Stephanie: If the wand chooses the wizard, then why do wands work when passed down from father to son eg neville had his fathers wand

J.K. Rowling: As established by Ollivander, a wizard can use almost any wand, it is simply that a wand that chooses him/her will work best. Where there is a family connection, a wand will work a little better than a wand chosen at random, I think.

James Farrell: How did umbridge manage to conjure a patronus while wearing the locket when harry wasnt able to

J.K. Rowling: Because she is a very nasty piece of work. She has an affinity for this horrible object, which would help rather than hinder her.

Tineke: What happened to percy did he return to his job at the ministry

J.K. Rowling: Yes, the new improved Percy ended up as a high-ranking official under Kingsley.

Su: How did neville get the gryfindor sword, is there a link to the hat

J.K. Rowling: Yes, there is very definitely a link to the hat!

J.K. Rowling: Neville, most worthy Gryffindor, asked for help just as Harry did in the Chamber of secrets, and Gryffindor’s sword was transported into Gryffindor’s old hat

J.K. Rowling: – the Sorting Hat was Gryffindor’s initially, as you know.

J.K. Rowling: Griphook was wrong – Gryffindor did not ‘steal’ the sword, not unless you are a goblin fanatic and believe that all goblin-made objects really belong to the maker.

Steph: Will azkaban still use dementors?

J.K. Rowling: No, definitely not. Kingsley would see to that. The use of Dementors was always a mark of the underlying corruption of the Ministry, as Dumbledore constantly maintained.

Smallbutpowerful: On behalf of all harry potter fans who consider themselves to be hufflepuffs could you please describe the hufflepuff common room as it is the only common room harry hasn’t visited

J.K. Rowling: The Hufflepuff common room is accessed through a portrait near the kitchens, as I am sure you have deduced.

J.K. Rowling: Sorry – I should say ‘painting’ rather than portrait, because it is a still-life.

J.K. Rowling: It is a very cosy and welcoming place, as dissimilar as possible from Snape’s dungeon. Lots of yellow hangings, and fat armchairs, and little underground tunnels leading to the dormitories, all of which have perfectly round doors, like barrel tops.

Camille: How is george getting along without his twin

J.K. Rowling: Well, I don’t think that George would ever get over losing Fred, which makes me feel so sad. However, he names his first child and son Fred, and he goes on to have a very successful career, helped by good old Ron.

Jessica Lynn: Did hagrid have to be able to see thestrals in order to train them if so, whose death did hagrid witness

J.K. Rowling: Hagrid has seen many deaths in quite a long life, so yes, he can see Thestrals.

Allie: What did dumbledore truly see in the mirror of erised

J.K. Rowling: He saw his family alive, whole and happy – Ariana, Percival and Kendra all returned to him, and Aberforth reconciled to him.

Snapedinhalf: You promised that someone will do magic late in life in book 7. I’ve now read it three times but cant work out who it might have been! Please help!!

J.K. Rowling: I’m sorry about this, but I changed my mind!

J.K. Rowling: My very earliest plan for the story involved somebody managing to get to Hogwarts when they had never done magic before, but I had changed my mind by the time I’d written the third book.

Christiana: How did voldemort get his wand back after he was in was exile

J.K. Rowling: Wormtail, desperate to curry favour, salvaged it from the place it had fallen and carried it to him. I admit that would have been a bit of a feat for a rat, but they are highly intelligent creatures!

Amanda: Hiya, ive grown up with harry and the gang, did any of the characters change in any unexpected ways as they grew up

J.K. Rowling: They all became pretty much what I expected/planned them to become.

J.K. Rowling: Of course they changed as I wrote, but nobody surprised me very much!

Ravleen: How much does the fact that voldemort was conceived under a love potion have to do with his nonability to understand love is it more symbolic

J.K. Rowling: It was a symbolic way of showing that he came from a loveless union – but of course, everything would have changed if Merope had survived and raised him herself and loved him.

J.K. Rowling: The enchantment under which Tom Riddle fathered Voldemort is important because it shows coercion, and there can’t be many more prejudicial ways to enter the world than as the result of such a union.

Lechicaneuronline: Do you think snape is a hero

J.K. Rowling: Yes, I do; though a very flawed hero. An anti-hero, perhaps. He is not a particularly likeable man in many ways. He remains rather cruel, a bully, riddled with bitterness and insecurity – and yet he loved, and showed loyalty to that love

J.K. Rowling: and, ultimately, laid down his life because of it. That’s pretty heroic!

James Farrell: Voldemort never told anyone about his horcruxes, so how on earth did regulus black discover his secret

J.K. Rowling: Horcrux magic was not Voldemort’s own invention; as is established in the story, other wizards had done it, though never gone as far as to make six.

J.K. Rowling: Voldemort dropped oblique hints; in his arrogance, he did not believe anybody would be clever enough to understand them.

J.K. Rowling: (He does so in the graveyard of Little Hangleton, in front of Harry). He did this before Regulus and Regulus guessed, correctly, what it was that made Voldemort so convinced he could not die.

Jaclyn: Did lily ever have feelings back for snape

J.K. Rowling: Yes. She might even have grown to love him romantically (she certainly loved him as a friend) if he had not loved Dark Magic so much, and been drawn to such loathesome people and acts.

Boggo: Would you choose the hallow that is the cloak, like youre supposed to, and would you be tempted to use the others

J.K. Rowling: My temptation would be Harry’s, ie, the Stone. But I believe, as does Harry ultimately, that the greatest wisdom is in accepting that we must all die, and moving on.

Cornersoul: So what happens to all the dementors where will they go will they be destroyed if so, how

J.K. Rowling: You cannot destroy Dementors, though you can limit their numbers if you eradicate the conditions in which they multiply, ie, despair and degradation. As I’ve already said, though,

J.K. Rowling: the Ministry no longer used them to torment its opponents.

Michael: Why didnt fawkes come back to help harry I would have thought that since harry was so loyal to dumbledore, fawkes would have been harrys new pet

J.K. Rowling: Something had to leave the school for good when Dumbledore died, and I decided that would be Fawkes. Dumbledore was a very great and irreplacable man, and the loss of Fawkes (and the fact that he was ‘non-transferable’!) expresses this symbolically

Roseweasley: Why was colin creavey still a student at hogwarts when he was muggleborn surely he would have been locked up and interogated, not allowed back to school therefore, he shouldnt have died

J.K. Rowling: Colin wasn’t a student. He sneaked back with the rest of the DA, along with Fred, George and the rest. He ought not to have stayed behind when McGonagall told him to leave, but alas – he did.

Delailah: How does dumbledore understand parseltongue?

J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore understood Mermish, Gobbledegook and Parseltongue. The man was brilliant.

Jessie: Will lockhart ever recover?

J.K. Rowling: No. Nor would I want him to. He’s happy where he is, and I’m happier without him!

Annie: Does the wizarding world now know that snape was dumbledores man, or do they still think he did a bunk

J.K. Rowling: Harry would ensure that Snape’s heroism was known.

J.K. Rowling: Of course, that would not stop Rita Skeeter writing ‘Snape: Scoundrel or Saint?’

Vio91: Is teddy lupin a werewolf

J.K. Rowling: No, he’s a Metamorphmagus like his mother

Nippy23: We see socks a lot throughout the series, such as dobby’s love for them and dumbledore’s claim to see them in the mirror of erised, what’s the reason behind all the socks

J.K. Rowling: Nothing deep and significant, I’m afraid. They’re just a comedy item.

Lady Bella: Whose murders did voldemor use to create each of the horcruxes

J.K. Rowling: The diary – Moaning Myrtle. The cup – Hepzibah Smith, the previous owner. The locket – a Muggle tramp. Nagini – Bertha Jorkins (Voldemort could use a wand once he regained a rudimentary body, as long as the victim was subdued).

J.K. Rowling: The diadem – an Albanian peasant. The ring – Tom Riddle snr.

Sampotterish: Why did dumbledore want ron to keep his deluminator

J.K. Rowling: Because he knew that Ron might need a little more guidance than the other two.

J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore understood Ron’s importance in the trio. He wasn’t the most skilled, or the most intelligent, but he held them together; his humour and his good heart were essential.

Carol: Do dementors have souls

J.K. Rowling: No, that’s what makes them frightening!

Jess Mac: What was the third smell that hermione smelt in the amortentia potion in hbp (ie the particular essence of ron)

J.K. Rowling: I think it was his hair. Every individual has very distinctive-smelling hair, don’t you find?

Natalie: Are house divisions as prevalaent in harry’s children’s hogwarts as in the previous generations

J.K. Rowling: Slytherin has become diluted. It is no longer the pureblood bastion it once was. Nevertheless, its dark reputation lingers, hence Albus Potter’s fears.

Nithya: Lily detested mulciber,averyif snape really loved her,why didnt he sacrifice their company for her sake

J.K. Rowling: Well, that is Snape’s tragedy. Given his time over again he would not have become a Death Eater, but like many insecure, vulnerable people (like Wormtail) he craved membership of something big and powerful, something impressive.

J.K. Rowling: He wanted Lily and he wanted Mulciber too. He never really understood Lily’s aversion; he was so blinded by his attraction to the dark side he thought she would find him impressive if he became a real Death Eater.

Alborz: What does it mean to be the master of death

J.K. Rowling: As Dumbledore explains, the real master of Death accepts that he must die, and that there are much worse things in the world of the living.

J.K. Rowling: It is not about striving for immortality, but about accepting mortality.

Barbara: I was very disappointed to see harry use crucio and seem to enjoy it his failure to perform that kind of curse in the past has been a credit to his character why the change, and did harry later regret having enjoyed deliberately causing pain

J.K. Rowling: Harry is not, and never has been, a saint. Like Snape, he is flawed and mortal.

J.K. Rowling: Harry’s faults are primarily anger and occasional arrogance.

J.K. Rowling: On this occasion, he is very angry and acts accordingly. He is also in an extreme situation, and attempting to defend somebody very good against a violent and murderous opponent.

Nicole: What do you think is the funniest moment you have written in the series

J.K. Rowling: It sounds very vain to answer this! My favourite in this book is probably that line of Ron’s ‘really captures the scope and tragedy of the thing, doesn’t it?’

Courtney: What child did harry give the marauders map to if any

J.K. Rowling: 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.

Karin: What did petunia wanted to say to hary at the end of the dursleys departing

J.K. Rowling: I think that for one moment she trembled on the verge of wishing Harry luck; that she almost acknowledged that her loathing of his world, and of him, was born out of jealousy.

J.K. Rowling: But she couldn’t do it; years of pretending that ‘normal’ was best had hardened her too much.

Leaky Cauldron: Please pose and answer the question you’d most like to address about the series! (a ha, turned it back on you.)

J.K. Rowling: Oooo, you’re tough.

J.K. Rowling: I must admit, I always wondered why nobody ever asked me what Dumbledore’s wand was made of!

J.K. Rowling: And I couldn’t say that, even when asked ‘what do you wish you’d been asked…’ because it would have sign-posted just how significant that wand would become!

Nora: Is auntie muriels tiara important

J.K. Rowling: No, sorry… except to illustrate what an old bat she is.

Nigel: Can harry speak parseltongue when he is no longer a horcrux?

J.K. Rowling: No, he loses the ability, and is very glad to do so.

Nikki: How did sirius twoway mirror end up with aberforth or is it another twoway mirror

J.K. Rowling: You see Aberforth meeting Mundungus in Hogsmeade. That was the occasion on which Dung, who had taken Sirius’s mirror from Grimmauld Place, sold it to Aberforth.

Tierney Roth: If moody got a magic eye, and wormtail got a magic hand, couldnt there be some way to form a magical ear, if only to cover up the hole and make george look more symmetrical

J.K. Rowling: Yes, he could wear a false ear (I’m starting to giggle at the thought. Perhaps he’s better off with the hole!)

Lucy: What is dumbledores boggart?

J.K. Rowling: The corpse of his sister

Pablo: What is toadface umbridge doing now

J.K. Rowling: Glad to see you like her as much as I do!

J.K. Rowling: She was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for crimes against Muggleborns.

Tina: Do the muggles notice that there arent any weird things going on now that voldemorts gone

Tina: Do the muggles notice that there arent any weird things going on now that voldemorts gone

J.K. Rowling: Yes, the world seems a much sunnier place (literally – with the Dementors gone the weather gets better!)

J.K. Rowling: We are having a heavily Dementor-influenced summer here in the UK.

Katie Mosher: How exactly do muggleborns receive magical ability

J.K. Rowling: Muggle-borns will have a witch or wizard somewhere on their family tree, in some cases many, many generations back. The gene re-surfaces in some unexpected places.

Maggie: Is rita skeeter still reporting

J.K. Rowling: Naturally, what could stop Rita? I imagine she immediately dashed off a biography of Harry after he defeated Voldemort. One quarter truth to three quarters rubbish.

Maggie Keir: Was hermione able to find her parents and undo the memory damage

J.K. Rowling: Yes, she brought them home straight away.

Lola Victorpujebet: Was minerva in love with albus

J.K. Rowling: No! Not everybody falls in love with everybody else…

Rachel Nell: Jkr, thank you for such amazing books! I would like to know how come noone seemed to know that lily and snape were friends in school they were obviously meeting for chats, etc didnt james know their past

J.K. Rowling: Thank you for your thank you!

J.K. Rowling: Yes, it was known that they were friendly and then stopped being friends. Nothing more than that would be widely known.

J.K. Rowling: James always suspected Snape harboured deeper feelings for Lily, which was a factor in James’ behaviour to Snape.

Abbey: Will the chuddley cannons ever win the quidditch world cup

J.K. Rowling: Bless them, perhaps. But they’d need to replace the entire team and down several cauldrons of Felix Felicitas.

Hayleyhaha: Why did regulus have a change of heart

J.K. Rowling: He was not prepared for the reality of life as a Death Eater. It was Voldemort’s attempted murder of Kreacher that really turned him.

Stephval: Is scorpius as misguided as his father, or has draco improved and taught his child(ren) better

J.K. Rowling: Scorpius has a lot going against him, not least that name. However, I think Scorpius would be an improvement on his father, whom misfortune has sobered!

[The previous question was posed after the answer appeared.]

J.K. Rowling: Sorry, technical hitch – just answered a question before seeing it!

J.K. Rowling: I am clearly getting better at Legilimency.

Lona: Did draco and harry lose their animosity towards eachother when voldemort died

J.K. Rowling: Not really. There would be a kind of rapprochement, in that Harry knows Draco hated being a Death Eater, and would not have killed Dumbledore; similarly, Draco would feel a grudging gratitude towards Harry for saving his life.

J.K. Rowling: Real friendship would be out of the question, though. Too much had happened prior to the final battle.

Hannah: Why was snape so badly groomed

J.K. Rowling: Hmm. Good question. Poor eyesight? Did he look in the mirror and believe he was gorgeous as he was?

J.K. Rowling: I think it more likely that he valued other qualities in himself!

J.K. Rowling: I think not. I imagine that it was squashed into the ground by a centaur’s hoof as the centaurs dashed to the aid of the Hogwarts fighters, and thereafter became buried.

Adwait313: Has the jinx on the dada teaching post at hogwarts been lifted

J.K. Rowling: Yes, at last! Incidentally, I know some have asked about Quirrell with regard to this question.

J.K. Rowling: He was teaching at Hogwarts for more than a year, but NOT in the post of D.A.D.A. teacher. He was previously Muggle Studies professor.

Emily: What ever happened to aberforth

J.K. Rowling: He is still there, at the Hog’s Head, playing w

Lee: I recently purchsed nimbus twothousand it has a terrible knack of veering left is their anything I can do (wihout the use of a wand it was broken by a hippogriff) to repair it back to it original straight flying state

J.K. Rowling: Hm. I would advise a trip to Arkie Alderton’s Kwik-Repair Shop. Never attempt to mend a broom at home, the consequences can be disastrous.

Abjoppotter: Is narcissa malfoy really a death eater

J.K. Rowling: No, she never had the Dark Mark and was never a fully paid-up member. However, her views were identical to those of her husband until Voldemort planned the death of her son.

Emzzy: Did mr weasley ever get around to fixing sirius motorbike

J.K. Rowling: Of course, and it ended up in Harry’s possession.

Lulu: Do you think dumbledore was a little more fond of ron than either ron or harry believed

J.K. Rowling: Yes, I do. Through Harry’s account of Ron, and from reports of the professors who taught Ron, Dumbledore understood Ron better than Ron ever knew, and liked him, too.

Chelatina: Was firenze ever welcomed back into the herd

J.K. Rowling: Yes, the rest of the herd was forced to acknowledge that Firenze’s pro-human leanings were not shameful, but honourable.

Kristy: What was your favorite scene to write in deathly hallows?

J.K. Rowling: Chapter 34: The Forest Again.

Chely: James patronus is a stag and lilys a doe is that a coincidence?

J.K. Rowling: No, the Patronus often mutates to take the image of the love of one’s life (because they so often become the ‘happy thought’ that generates a Patronus).

Jon: Since voldemort was afraid of death, did he choose to be a ghost if so where does he haunt or is this not possible due to his horcruxes

J.K. Rowling: No, he is not a ghost. He is forced to exist in the stunted form we witnessed in King’s Cross.

Angela Morrissey: Were there seven horcruxes not six as dumbledore intimated to harry if so, does this mean that voldemort had an 8 part soul not a 7

J.K. Rowling: Yes, Voldemort accidentally broke his soul into eight parts, not seven.

Laura Trego: Did hermione really put a memory charm on her parents she says she did but then about 50 pages later tells ron shes never done a memory charm

J.K. Rowling: They are two different charms. She has not wiped her parents’ memories (as she later does to Dolohov and Rowle); she has bewitched them to make them believe that they are different people.

Maura: How come voldemort was no longer employing occlumency against harry, as he was in the 6th book

J.K. Rowling: He is losing control, and unable to prevent Harry seeing into his mind. The connection between them is never fully understood by Voldemort, who does not know that Harry is a Horcrux.

Gandalfxj9: Did krum ever find love

J.K. Rowling: Of course, though he had to go back to his native Bulgaria to do so.

Twinkletoes: Why did you feel that hedwigs death was necessary

J.K. Rowling: The loss of Hedwig represented a loss of innocence and security. She has been almost like a cuddly toy to Harry at times. Voldemort killing her marked the end of childhood. I’m sorry… I know that death upset a LOT of people!

Lecanard: Will we see harry and his friends having their own history on chocolate frogs cards

J.K. Rowling: Definitely, and Ron will describe this as his finest hour.

Mike: What is the incantation for creating a horcrux

J.K. Rowling: I cannot possibly tell you. Some things are better left unsaid.

Samantha: Was snape the only death eater who could produce a full patronus

J.K. Rowling: Yes, because a Patronus is used against things that the Death Eaters generally generate, or fight alongside. They would not need Patronuses.

Jess: How did nagini could see harry and hermione if they were under the invisibility cloak

J.K. Rowling: Snakes’ sense are very different from human ones. They can detect heat and movement in a way that we can’t.

Chucky: Have you had another alternatives as book title apart from deathly hallows

J.K. Rowling: The two other possibilities were ‘the Elder Wand’ (used instead as a chapter title) and ‘the Peverell Quest’, which I decided against quite quickly. I think the word ‘Quest’ is a bit corny!

Iglooanne: What would your patronus be

J.K. Rowling: I’d like an otter, like Hermione, but I’ve got a feeling it might be a large dog.

The Stoic Cycle: Why is it that voldemort is unaware that the gaunt ring is a hallow, when he has worn it (such as in the memory the diary shows harry in book 2)

J.K. Rowling: Wearing the ring would not make the stone work. The stone existed outside the ring originally, and to use it you had to turn it three times in your hand.

Finchburg: Does the dark mark remain on those that voldemort has branded after his death or does the tattoo dissapear now he is gone thanks for considering my question!

J.K. Rowling: My pleasure, Finchburg! The Dark Mark would fade to a scar, not dissimilar to the lightning scar on Harry’s forehead.

J.K. Rowling: Like Harry’s, these scars would no longer burn or hurt.

Katie Mosher: How is the quibbler doing these days

J.K. Rowling: Pretty well, actually. It has returned to its usual condition of advanced lunacy, and is appreciated for its unintentional humour.

Camille: Dear mrs rowling, while im here I want to thank you for making me laugh, cry (a lot! Most of all for sirius!) since im 11 quite a long time for me as im 20 harrys magic and yours will be with me forever! Thanks!

J.K. Rowling: Thank you very much, Camille, and I’m sorry about Sirius. That man’s got a lot of fans.

J.K. Rowling: Mostly female, I might add.

Nicofr: Does winky still drink a lot of butterbear

J.K. Rowling: She’s dried out a bit now.

Isabel: Did bellatrix ever love her husband, or did she have love only for voldemort

J.K. Rowling: She took a pureblood husband, because that was what was expected of her, but her true love was always Voldemort.

jenny: How did snape keep his patronus secret from the rest of the order?

J.K. Rowling: He was careful not to use the talking Patronus means of communication with them. This was not difficult, as his particular job within the Order, ie, as spy, meant that sending a Patronus to any of them might have given away his true allegiance.

Darchey: Did voldemort ever love a girl

J.K. Rowling: No, he loved only power, and himself. He valued people whom he could use to advance his own objectives.

Leo: What would your wand be made of

J.K. Rowling: I’d like Harry’s wand – holly and phoenix feather.

Brian: Did the da keep the coins?

J.K. Rowling: Naturally. They would be like badges or medals of honour – proof that the owner had been at the heart of the fight against Voldemort from the start! I like to imagine Neville showing his to his admiring pupils.

Tracie: How relieved are you that you can finally talk about the series no more secretkeeping!

J.K. Rowling: I’m elated! It is great to be able to do this at last, I’ve looked forward to it for so long!

Lou: How did snape get into grimmauld place to get the second half of the letter, if there were protection spells on the house stopping snape getting in

J.K. Rowling: Snape entered the house immediately after Dumbledore’s death, before Moody put up the spells against him.

Koen Van Der Voort: Why is the scar on harrys forehead lightning shaped

J.K. Rowling: To be honest, because it’s a cool shape. I couldn’t have my hero sport a doughnut-shaped scar.

Louie: Did mariettas pimply formation ever fade

J.K. Rowling: Eventually, but it left a few scars. I loathe a traitor!

Katie B: Why was kings cross the place harry went to when he died

J.K. Rowling: For many reasons. The name works rather well, and it has been established in the books as the gateway between two worlds, and Harry would associate it with moving on between two worlds (don’t forget that it is Harry’s image we see, not necessarily

J.K. Rowling: what is really there.

J.K. Rowling: We seem to have over-run. We’ve had over 120,000 questions, I’ve been told!

J.K. Rowling: What can I say? Thank you so much for sticking with me, and with Harry, for so long. You have made this an incredible journey for Harry’s author.

J.K. Rowling: I like this question, so I’ll take it for my last.

Tess: What muggle song do you imagine would be played at dumbledores funeral

J.K. Rowling: Surely ‘I did it my way’ by Frank Sinatra.

J.K. Rowling: I’m very aware I haven’t answered everything… keep an eye on my website, and I’ll try and answer some more questions in due course!

J.K. Rowling: Thanks very much everybody, I’ve had a great time, and I hope I’ve covered some of the outstanding questions (I hear a distant roar of ‘YOU DIDN‘T GET TO MINE!’)

J.K. Rowling: That’s it… I’m Disapparating. Bye!





274 Responses to J.K. Rowling Web Chat Transcript

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Bit choppy in places but there’s some great answers there. Although I’m sure she said in the NBC interview that Ron joined Harry in becoming an auror.

Great question from leaky though.

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didn’t she previously say that ron became an auror like harry and that they radically change auror department??

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Yeah, she kind of contridicted herself on Ron (twice, I think) but I don’t blame her: all these questions coming at her so quickly, it’s hard to keep things straight.

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This is what you missed. Hope this helps! Starts at the bottom.

Jamie Lewis: What ever happened to winky J.K. Rowling: – the human-presence-revealing spell Hermione makes use of in Deathly Hallows. J.K. Rowling: Dumbledore, who could perform magic without needing to say the incantation aloud, was using ‘homenum revelio’ - Angela Morrissey: Why is it that albus dumbledore can see harry under his invisibility cloak at certain moments? (during the series is the cloak only infallible to those who do not own a deathly hallow). J.K. Rowling: Ron had finally got SPEW and earned himself a snog! J.K. Rowling: I loved writing it, and I loved the fact that Hermione took the initiative! Fomy: What did you feel when you finally wrote the kiss, awaited so much by the fans, of ron and hermione J.K. Rowling: Of course, nearly all wizarding families are related if you trace them back through the centuries. As was made clear in ‘Deathly hallows’, Peverell blood would run through many wizarding families. J.K. Rowling: Yes, Harry and Voldemort are distantly related through the Peverells.

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Well Ron might have done both? I like him joining George, Hermione did more than one thing so maybe Ron did too. But Great chat, can’t wait for more!

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Geeez…it makes me upset when people ask questions she’s already answered!!!!!

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thanks for that post Marissa

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Yea! JK answered my Q! Snape is a hero and Harry’s told the world :-)

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He helped out Goerge and then became an auror obviously. Why would we have to have the same job for 19 years? People change jobs all the time

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Haha. I loved what you posted about what question she didn’t get asked. =] Splendid!

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She didn’t really answer the question about Dumbledore’s wand, did she? We know that it’s the Elder Wand, but do we know the wood and core?

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I tried to get on the live chat. I thought it was tonight at 9:00 pm. I can’t get through it says initializing…... I wanted to ask “Who does magic later in life?” I read the book so fast I think I must have missed it.

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Thank you Melissa and other fans for posting the webcast to The Leaky Cauldron. I tried for two hours to get onto the Bloomsbury site and was unable to, much to my dismay. Thank you for sharing the joy with those of us with insufficient access.

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@ Sarah – I believe elder is a type of wood, so that might answer the question of the material. As for core, I’ve no idea, but my instincts say a phoenix feather. However, we know it would not have come from Fawkes, unless Ollivander was lying or simply did not know.

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I watched and taped that interview last night! I really loved her thoughts on Teddy Lupin! I love Jo Rowling and I’m so thankful for the day she was on the train and Harry Potter just “dropped” into her head! I hope she gets the rest she so deserves!

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Not enough questions about Sirius, I thought. Or from my selection of 50 or so.

Oh well; you can’t win them all.

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She changed her mine: She doesn’t put a person who does magic later on in life. She changed her mind after she wrte book 3!!

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I believe that Ron working in WWW was the answer to “What did the trio do immediately after Book 7?” Since they couldn’t exactly become aurors immediately.

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Well, gotta say: I’m so happy Teddy is a metamorphmagus.

but there were some horrible q’s out there, gotta say…

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wooohoo!! she got my question!!! Some great answers there!!!

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That was quick posting! I watched the whole thing. Jo is still my hero in all her amazingness!

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Thanks for the transcript. I missed the start of the webchat so glad I could read the earlier questions. Still didn’t answer a lot of the things I’ve been wondering about but I’m sure she will in the end! Glad there is more to come on her website!

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Maybe the Elder Wand didn’t have a core… Maybe it was just powerful itself? ....... o_O;

There were a lot of good questions!! < - >

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Ron could have started working at WWW and then gone onto the Auror department, so JKR may not have contradicted herself.

But I’m glad to see a few questions answered! This could just be me, but some people ask quite obvious questions. Ack.

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Thanks for the transcript. I missed the start of the webchat so glad I could read the earlier questions. Still didn’t answer a lot of the things I’ve been wondering about but I’m sure she will in the end! Glad there is more to come on her website!

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Maybe the Elder Wand didn’t have a core… Maybe it was just powerful itself? ....... o_O;

There were a lot of good questions!! < - >

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That was great!

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Great! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get onto Bloomsbury either; my connection’s always really bad. But luckily most of my questions got answered. A bit hard to read a times, but that’s okay. Thanks so much for posting as it comes!

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A lot of the questions were great.. JK is a wonderful story teller!

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Thanks for the transcript. I missed the start of the webchat so glad I could read the earlier questions. Still didn’t answer a lot of the things I’ve been wondering about but I’m sure she will in the end! Glad there is more to come on her website!

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A lot of the questions were great.. JK is a wonderful story teller!

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wooohoo!! she got my question!!! Some great answers there!!!

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That was quick posting! I watched the whole thing. Jo is still my hero in all her amazingness!

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Will leaky put all this juicey post DH info together somehow and organize it by character and catagory.. so there is a place we can study and refer to all this canon in one place one day?

Not that you guys aren’t already up to your eyeballs in work!!

Thanks for keeping us updated. I looove this stuff!

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Great! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get onto Bloomsbury either; my connection’s always really bad. But luckily most of my questions got answered. A bit hard to read a times, but that’s okay. Thanks so much for posting as it comes!

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It’s over. I wish she would have answered the question about the secret-keeper. Her answer on her FAQ and the one in the 7th book are the complete opposites of each other in my opinion…

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Thanks for the transcript. I missed the start of the webchat so glad I could read the earlier questions. Still didn’t answer a lot of the things I’ve been wondering about but I’m sure she will in the end! Glad there is more to come on her website!

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What a great interview and I’m so glad it ran over…to bad it couldn’t go longer! Great questions Leaky!! I thought it was interesting about Ron and WWW, but I definatly could see him doing that and being an Auror as well. I loved her answer about Luna, though I still think she should marry Neville or Dean. : )

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That was a great chat…A lot of new information. AND I got my question answered! I scremed when it came up ;)

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So Ron didn’t become an aurora? He worked with George? hmm.. THIS is why she needed to write a LONGER epilogue..contradictions galour!

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Will leaky put all this juicey post DH info together somehow and organize it by character and catagory.. so there is a place we can study and refer to all this canon in one place one day?

We won’t, but Accio-Quote will! We’ll provide links to it all, though, if you like.

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There is a reason that Leaky is the number one in news! You had the full transcript up as soon as that chat was over! Nice going!

What I think Jo was trying to say about Ron was that he went straight into working with George and Harry went straight to the Auror department but 19 years latter Ron was working in the Auror department with Harry as well.

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Wonderfully Done. Thank-you!

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Thanks for posting the transcript. I only got to watch about five questions before I had to leave for swim team practice, and there were only about two left when I returned.

I’m glad that she answered about Remus and Tonks, even though she didn’t answer it from me specifically.

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That was excellent, most questions were great. shame she didn’t answer mine.. JKR is the best! good luck to the lexicon to organise everything from there and DH

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I loved the fact that we found out about Luna. I’m glad she ended up happily married, if a little later than the trio =)

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I’m a little sad my question wasn’t answered…it was a general one about magic. Maybe I’ll have to discover the answer for myself and write about it! Thanks Leaky for posting the transcript. Overall I felt the questions showed people had read the series with a great deal of thought…perhaps that is the greatest gift JKR has given us…

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That was an amazing!!!! hour and a half.

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In relation to the Ginny question I asked-the second question-Jo says “did i say that?!”...well yes Jo you heavily implied it during the interview two years ago with Melissa and Emerson! Its on Accio Quotes…Im very disapointed with the answer lol! I dont think Ginny demonstrated a huge amount of talent at all.

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Gosh..i didn’t think i could hate Bellatrix even more, but i do now that i know it was her that killed Tonks. sob

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Thank you all @ Leaky for this blow by blow transcript. I failed to access the Bloomsbury link, don’t know why :( Thanks so much to Jo for having the patience to answer those Q’s. I’ve still got loads in my head, just niggling little things but I hope she will keep her promise to post more on her site and esp. to do the Encyclopaedia, ASAP :-)

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The thing abour Ron working at WWW was in response to ‘did the trio do their final year?’. Harry did and I think we know Hermione well enough by now – of course she did! – but Ron did not take NEWTS, he went to join George.

Then it sayd Kingsley wanted harry to head up his MLE – and I doubt Ron needed NEWTS to join Harry as an Auror under Kingsley Shacklebolt.

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Damn! She didn’t get to my question on how Grindelwald became master of the Elder Wand if he merely stole it from Gregorovitch.

Next time I guess…

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How come some girl called Camille got 2 questions and one thankyou? Considering there were 120,000 questions it seems unlikely that the same person would get chosen 3 times. Something smells very fishy to me. Not that I’m bitter or anything.

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I really prefer Ron working with George and I was glad to read that he (George) had a son named Fred. For the people talking about stupid questions and repeated questions let us just remember that this is a series loved by the young and old. None of these chats or threads discriminate against age and let us not insult the initiative of a ten year old who has asked a question considered by an older teen or adult to be simple. I am gratifide to know so many younger people are at least reading and have inquiring, investigative minds!

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Hello, Wow Melissa your good… you got that up fast!!!lol… i loved the Leaky question!!!I can’t wait to check her site and see what see puts on there!!!

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She did say Ron was an auror in her Dateline interview, so this is different. Also, Ted Tonks (who is a muggle, right?) says he healed “fixed” Harry’s ribs and tooth in DH. I thought that might be the magic at at late age, but now she said she changed her mind… Thanks for the transcript!

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John: remember that the questions could be send prior to the start of the chat. Maybe all the questions were put in order by time of submission and so this person was able to pull that off.

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OR it could be two people named the same. Camille isn’t such a rare name.

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Forgive me for saying this, but this transcript is full of errors and ommitted phrases. We appreciate you sharing this us so quickly, but it needs to be edited and proofread, because it is full of holes and dropped quotes, etc. cheers mates!

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I couldn’t get it to come up on the bloomsbury site, so I just came back here and read them. Great chat! Most of my quetions I wanted to know got asked. Not the ones I put in, but other people had the same. And she will answer more on her site. YEAH! And she gave us the other two titles. Made the right move. Those were good, but DH is better. Thank You Jo!

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I doubt that Bloomsbury would have done it on a ‘first come first served’ basis, as they knew that a lot of people would ask questions, so it would be unfair to just use the first ones that they received. And I think that Camille is a relatively rare name.

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Great transcript TLC thanks for getting it up so fast…there was a small, yet understandable glitch in it I noticed at this point….

Camille: What or who is peeves exactly, is he linked with the blood barons story?

J.K. Rowling: Thank you! I’ve already answered about Hermione. Kingsley became permanent Minister for Magic, and naturally he wanted Harry to head up his new Auror department.

The Camille Question got repeated the first time with part of the answer to what Harry, Ron and Hermione do, and the second time with the correct answer.

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So Jo already contradicted herself about Ron’s future job?

I’m going to assume he’s working as auror (I prefer that option) and also helps George with WWW.

Ugh.

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First answer from Jo to Blodeuwedd (before the “Harry did so”) was: J.K. Rowling: Thank you! I’ve already answered about Hermione. Kingsley became permanent Minister for Magic, and naturally he wanted Harry to head up his new Auror department. :)

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In relation to the Ginny question I asked-the second question-Jo says “did i say that?!”…well yes Jo you heavily implied it during the interview two years ago with Melissa and Emerson! Its on Accio Quotes…Im very disapointed with the answer lol! I dont think Ginny demonstrated a huge amount of talent at all.

She never implied that it was particularly significant. She said that Ginny being powerful was the significance of her being the 7th – but not in any way that that would be a big factor in the seventh book.

And, I don’t know, I think Ginny did really well for herself in battle, particularly since she was only 16 or nearly 17.

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Haha Anotherweasley you were a minute faster I see. ;)

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She answered two of my questions! I nearly died when I saw my name up there…hopefully my questions weren’t too stupid. Especially the Muggleborn one, I thought I had remembered her saying something about it before but I forgot, so I decided to ask it again.

Sorry to those who didn’t get their questions asked! I am sure they’ll be answered in time.

I don’t think they counted the questions asked before the interview (I had posted over a hundred, I’d wager!) That’s a bummer, because those were the better ones in my opinion.

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There are two pieces missing in the transcript on Leaky…. Here they are. (answering a question about snape’s hair) J.K. Rowling: I think it more likely that he valued other qualities in himself! ????? J.K. Rowling: I think not. I imagine that it was squashed into the ground by a centaur’s hoof as the centaurs dashed to the aid of the Hogwarts fighters, and thereafter became buried.

and then also….

Emily: What ever happened to aberforth J.K. Rowling: He is still there, at the Hog’s Head, playing w??????

Did anyone catch it? I am unfortunetly at work and didnt get to watch the whole thing. (stupid work meeting) Thanks!!!!!

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This is incredible. It’s almost made me glad that the series is complete, because we get all of this wonderful information! (Especially about my late husband) ;)

By the way, this isn’t the most proper place to note this but I can’t think of another outlet to let people know in such quick fashion but….Jo’s site is being weird. Nothing is showing up for me on the news or diary, and the date on the calendar is 30/11/99. Perhaps my internet is just being special right now.

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Good chat! Always fun to learn more about the series. Stass – Ted Tonks was a muggle-BORN, not a muggle. In other words he was like Hermione – a wizard with muggle parents. Go back and read “The Most Ancient House of Black” in book 5 – Sirius clearly says in that chapter that Ted was “muggle-born.”

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Snapes_Angel_23: Jo’s site is working fine for me, I would suppose it’s your Internet being “special.” :) Becy: The question was about the Resurrection Stone, not Snape’s hair. JKR’s answer to Emily was that he was playing with goats.

Anyone else really want to now EXACTLY what’s up with Aberforth and his goats?!?

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I must have got really lucky then. I posted my question last Wednesday to Bloomsbury, it was just the one question and I never imagined it would get answered (Q. Did the WW get to hear of Snape’s actions or did they just assume he’d bunked off) to which JKR gave me the most succinct and nicest of replies… happy happy happy :-)

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Oh thank you, JK! I feel loads better now that the gaps have been filled up in my brain. The gears were in total overdrive this past week from figuring out everything!

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I must have got really lucky then. I posted my question last Wednesday to Bloomsbury, it was just the one question and I never imagined it would get answered (Q. Did the WW get to hear of Snape’s actions or did they just assume he’d bunked off) to which JKR gave me the most succinct and nicest of replies… happy happy happy :-)

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Oh thank you, JK! I feel loads better now that the gaps have been filled up in my brain. The gears were in total overdrive this past week from figuring out everything!

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Great chat – I had thought in the NBC interview JK said she had considered the idea of Luna and Neville together but it seems from this chat that maybe she decided against it? I actually like the thought of them together, though. In that case, I wonder who Neville may have ended up with?

Anyway, I’m glad to be able to know more about what happened with everyone.

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Becy, it was:

J.K. Rowling: He is still there, at the Hog’s Head, playing with his goats.

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I don’t think in the on-air portions of the interview she mentioned Luna and Neville, though I do rememeber reading an article and I know she said she had felt a “bit of pull” toward pairing them together, but had left it open ended because doing otherwise felt “to neat”. So, she could have easily thought more about it and changed her mind on it.

And for a few that have mentioned a contradiction between the Dateline/Today interview and the chat today in regards to Ron’s career, just remember he could be doing both or changed somewhere along the way. She mentioned Hermione switching between the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures to the Department for Magical Law Enforcement. Personally I’d rather see him working more with George.

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Melissa: one question that is really not answered or asked as far as I read, is how does Harry know that the Hufflepuff’s cup may be in the Lestrange vault? Pg. 537 say “He had described Hufflepuff’s cup to Ron and Hermione, but if it was the other unknown Horcrux that resided in the vault, he did not know what it looked like”. Could anyone e-mail me an answer? I looked carefully through several chapters before the Gringotts chapter and can’t find a connection other than a suspicion that Bellatrix’s anxiety that the vault had been entered suggested a concern beyond the sword of Gryffindor, i.e. a possible Horcrux, but whicih one??

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Do you think she was the one answering the questions? I just wasn’t sure, particularly after she answered a question before it got posted up.. I hope it was her though, I loved some of her answers, really funny! lol

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Jessica, I think it was her…it just seemed like her, the way she would act, etc. I think she (or someone else) probably got to chose the questions very quickly before the were shown just to make things go faster.

I really do think it was her!

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If Ron worked with George for a time then went on to become an auror, I will be happy.

If Ron left the aurors to work with George, or never became an auror at all, then… ugh…. That would be massively disapointing.

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The answer to the question about Lucius Malfoy got missed in your transcription. Can someone tell me if he had to go back to Azkaban? (Please tell me she said yes!)

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“If Ron worked with George for a time then went on to become an auror, I will be happy.

If Ron left the aurors to work with George, or never became an auror at all, then… ugh…. That would be massively disapointing.”

I agree. Wish we’d get an answer to this.

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JIM – Thanks for the answer on Ted Tonks. I do recall “The Most Ancient House of Black” in 5. I guess before she answered I was just searching for “the late in life person” and got confused about him actually being a muggle or “muggle-born wizard”.

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Jim: Remember that Harry had seen the cup in the Pensieve, so he could identify it.

It was definitely Jo answering the questions – what probably happened is that she typed the answer before hitting the button that showed the question to the audience. I’ve done a chat like this before and almost did the same thing once.

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I really think Melissa has to go back to Edimburgh and ask the questions that really need answering. I need closure.

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There isn’t necessarily a contradition about Ron’s job. I would imagine that when Harry became head of the Auror Department (which was likely several years after he left school, probably more than a decade), he offered Ron a job there, to help him out. Before then, Ron was working with George at the Joke Shop. Easy.

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I thought Dudley’s display of “affection” (if you can call it that) may have made him considered the one who did magic later in life, but I guess not. I was a tad disappointed by her response to that one, I was really expecting it!

Sorry if my grammar is atrocious this morning. I need to get more sleep. I was a bit too giddy for today’s festivities.

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“I really think Melissa has to go back to Edimburgh and ask the questions that really need answering. I need closure.”

I second this idea!

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JIM: Harry went looking for the horcruxes he knew about first…and so with the concern Voldemort felt about the Vault, and knowing he was trusting Bella with the sword, he figured out that Gringotts would be a good place to look for Horcruxes. And specifically the cup, as it was the only founders object they knew about at the time.

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Katie Mosher – I refreshed Jo’s site about 20 times, and I even restarted my computer, but it’s still giving me the blank news and diary and a calendar date of 30/11/99. :Kind of scared!:

Also, Ginny played for the Holyhead Harpies? Did I read that right?! LOL.

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Thanks for answering all those questions, Jo! I definitely think a longer epilogue was needed in the book though!

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I can imagine that Ron did both jobs—working as an Auror and co-owner of WWW! And wow, if sharing a Patronus means you’re destined for each other? I guess Kingsley Shacklebolt is my one true love, because I’ve always known my Patronus would be a lynx! Narcissa was ‘never paid in full’—gigglefits

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I think Ron could have easily had both jobs. I mean, a lot can happen in nineteen years. Personally, I prefer Ron and Harry revolutionizing the Auror department better than Ron and George working together in WWW.

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No one asked about what Jo saw in POA movie that scared her to think the whole enchilada was given away. I would really like to know that. I guess I need to watch it – again!

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Something that has really been bugging me and hasn’t been asked is this: when Voldemort went to Godric’s Hollow that night to kill the Potters, why did he not take something with him to make into a horcrux? He was one short of the 7 he wanted at this point, and the deaths would have been significant enough to have appealed to him as an opportunity. Also he never did get to the desired number of 7 (to his knowledge as he didn’t know about Harry being one); the diary had already been destroyed (and he knew of this) by the time he made Nagini into a horcrux.

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Best chat ever!!! Love all the questions :) despite Ron’s job will cause a bit of confussion, I think we have to believe the one of the chat before the auror job.

Luna Scamander? Sounds a bit weird :P

thanks, JO!!!!!!! And incredible amazing and wonderful chat!

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Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…Ron’s hair!!!!I knew Hermione smelt Ron…but how the hell did she what Ron’s hair smelt like?

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She answered my question last!!!!! I was SO INCREDIBLY HAPPY about that! And pretty shocked, considering I asked that question about 5 mintues before she answered it! :D:D:D And now I’m listening to “I did it my way”! Hahaha.

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Why is she avoiding questions on the Department of Mysteries ? What’s inside the locked room ? I’m pretty sure out of the 120 000 there were many questions on this subject ?

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My Qs didn’t get answered- but with 120,000 of them, what chance did I have? :) However, lots of good info. I actually prefer Ron working with George to him becoming an Auror. Liked the answer about Dudley. Glad Jo said Snape’s a hero here at least. Too bad about Remus and Tonks :((((( I still think she made a terrible mistake killing them! It would have felt really good to see them take down Fenrir and Bellatrix, actually. I never really liked Molly’s ‘hour of triumph’- it felt odd- after all, all we saw so far is her being an excellent cook… O well, I’ll stop grumbling.

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I was really hoping Bellatrix had not been the one that killed Tonks. I feel like she somehow won. Like she got her wish. :’(

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We still don’t know what Snape’s boggart was, do we? So many questions!! I hope Jo can somehow get hold of all of these. It would be tremendously helpful to her when she gets going on that Encyclopedia!

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Fred and George were already helping the Auror department with their products, so I guess if Ron worked at WWW and cooperated with Harry who became an Auror you could still say Ron revolutionized the department.

I’m glad she didn’t answer what happened to Snape’s body in the end. I hope she’ll leave that open.

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VERY contradictory….. kind of disappointing…..................

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Ron could have easliy had more than one career! Maybe he started off as an auror and afterwards decided he wnated a change of pace and became an inventor instead. Sounds fine to me!

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Thanks TLC for z transcript…it was AWSM cuz i came late for z chat..And for GOD’S sake ppl she isnt CONTRADICTORY!! Ron worked firstly with George and then moved onto the MoM and must be helping George when he can… Its annoying to see people confuse things and try to make it look like even more things need to be answered when the answers are right in front of you..! Can’t we just be grateful that Jo took the time for us to answer what she could, instead of blaming her of being ‘contradictory’... All in all great chat and THNX again leaky… Im jus so happy Jo said she’d answer more questions in the future… Also sad that Bela killed Tonks…

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J.K. Rowling: I think it more likely that he valued other qualities in himself! ? J.K. Rowling: I think not. I imagine that it was squashed into the ground by a centaur’s hoof as the centaurs dashed to the aid of the Hogwarts fighters, and thereafter became buried.

that was the answer about the stone from the ring-the hallow, she was asked if the stone was found.

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Yay! I’m one half of the couple dressed as Tonks and Lupin that JKR mentioned. I’m pleased she remembered us. She seemed to really love the costumes on the night!

Here’s us: http://flickr.com/photos/lhall/863885995/

And here’s my whole set from the evening: http://flickr.com/photos/lhall/sets/72157600937002647/

She also told us that she was “glad to see the two of us looking so well.”

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That was great. I have only one complaint: she still hasn’t confirmed/debunked the Hufflepuff-Elf Debate.

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can somebody tell me who’s the naked child in kings cross,please? Is it Voldemort? (maybe its easy to answer,but understand me i’m a 14years-old german) thx jkr for hp!!! you made me laugh and cry!! thx

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Maggi: the naked child in King’s Cross was the bit of Voldemort’s soul that was inside Harry.

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When Harry potter started to really become super famous, what was the thing that changed the most and effected you most? Are you used to all the fame?

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Ok J.k., my family and i just finished listening to the DH tapes on our trip to yellowstone and the grand tetons. We were really into it and loved every second of the book. ok, my question, last night my family and i were watching the lovely you and the lovely merideth (or however you spell her name) viara (sp?) and you mentioned how you were hesetaint (again sp) at first about making the movies. Is that how you felt at first about the tapes? Also, my dad would love to know if how you found the man….james something i think…..who reads the tapes on the harry potter tapes. We really get a kick when ever he is reading hermione’s part and says harrrrrrrrrrrry. Last but not least, Do any of the charaters have and simularities to your family, such as your kids or husband? tata! p.s. you are the reason i read! no lie! p.p.s. you should go on the ellen show. I bet it would be fun! p.p.p.s. your hair was very cute during the interview!

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Good post, Nazran!

Fantastic!! Thanks, Melissa and company, you are true gems. And lovely that JKR answered some questions I have always thought of too.

By the way, Melissa, I met(and have a picture with) Wally from Scribulus at the B&N in Murray, Utah. Just wondering if I can send the photo to Leaky.

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg i woke up about around 6 for this thing…lol…even though it started at 9…lol…it was ABSOLUTLY amazing to be there w/ jkr. AND SHE EVVVEENN ANSWERED ONE OF my questions. I practically fell off my chair of excitement. I’m also glad someone asked about how Lupin N Tonks died. IT always bothered me not knowing HOW they got killed. OH n leaky, amazing questions.

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Thank you for sharing the transcript so quickly. After being so excited to hear that Ron and Harry were both Aurors, I am a bit disappointed by the lack of clarity regarding Ron’s future career. Hopefully, as others have said, he worked both at WWW and as an auror.

Getting confirmation about that one way or the other would be excellent, though.

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Hedwig’s Dead!!

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I agree that Ron probably worked at WWW after school, and then became an Auror. But what bothers me is that JK implied that Harry and Hermione went back to school, but Ron didn’t. I find it hard to believe that Ron wouldn’t go back to be with Harry and Hermione (who I presume would be his girlfriend). Hopefully JK will clarify this!

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It was a brilliant interview and my heart skipped a beat when I saw my name up there – she answered my question about Voldemort being born under a love potion. It wasn’t my favorite of the questions I submitted but I’m still immensely grateful and my day has been made.

I really get that sense of closure after those gaps being filled. Though of course, there are many more, and that is the fun, that we don’t learn everything at once..

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SHE ANSWERED MY QUESTION

yay

I always wanted to know why snape has permenently greasy hair

SO HAPPY at all the extra info but jk REALLY neaded to write a longer epilougue

xx

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Please, Leaky—get Jo to tell us how James and Lily hooked up. Inquiring minds want to know!

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Leaky, just wanna thank you guys for all your hard work.

Now, I can just cut, paste, print, read away from my office. Magic!

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Is TLC going to interview JKR again? Ever? Because this interview was lovely but I think the only way we’re ever going to get juicy answers out of her is in a one-on-one format with a fan…

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hmmm. did she answer what Lily and James potter did for a living?

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First and foremost, we really do owe a lot to JKR herself for doing all the interviews, her willingness to spend so much time with her fans is actually unprecidented and far beyond the usual marketing gimmicks.

Second, thanks to Melissa, the entire TLC staff, and the wider world of Floonet and Mugglenet…and I endorse the idea of Melissa and Emerson going back to inerview JKR with a short list of crucial unanswered questions.

And to that end, here are two dangling questions:

1. What happened to the Dursleys? Were they and their protectors the five muggles killed in Gaddley (ch 22, page 439 of US edition)? [Please note, this was asked in the DH discussion, but I don’t recall who posted the question. I wish I could give credit to that fan!]

2. In the Department of Mysteries, what more can you tell us about the Veiled Arch and the Locked Room?

While naturally curious, I think asking questions beyond the books (ie, did George marry the pretty girl in the village) can wait until the promised Encyclopedia is released.

Best to all

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Spanish Translation: http://bloghogwarts.com/2007/07/30/preguntas-y-respuestas-sobre-harry-potter-dadas-en-el-chat-con-jk-rowling/

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I realized there was never any answer about the family of James Potter. It says in the book that he was “well cared for” and we know from the invisible cloak that he came from a wizard family – but what happened to his family? Did he never have brothers or sisters? What happened to his parents? I think that Lily’s parents had dies (thats why Harry went with her awful sister) – but there was never any real answer!

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Ah, old age, the hair goes, the mind…

3. Eileen Prince, Snape’s mother, would have been at Hogwarts during some of the same years as Tom Riddle. Was she a Death Eater, or close to Riddle?

We can assume that since her marriage to the muggle Tobias Snape was difficult (page 667 US edition), her son had ‘pure-blood’ leanings that brought him closer to Riddle and his supporters, esp if Lucius Malfoy served as a role model.

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Laura, you and your other half look so cute!

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Amanda, I think Jo answered these questions in her interviews, James was the only child and his parents died of natural causes. here is the exact qoute “James was born to parents who were elderly, even by wizarding standards, and died from a wizarding illness”

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4.Got Albus Severus in Slytherin or in Hogwarts?

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So many questions had already been answered, in interviews or the book itself…

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4.Got Albus Severus in Slytherin or in Hogwarts?

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I think we could add the question

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Sry, my internet doesn’t work as it should:( Daniela: Give us the answers if you’ve got them.

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So if I read the question right, Harry did go back and finish his 7th year at Hogwarts? Can anyone confirm that?

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I want to know what happened to the Dursleys and their relationship with Harry, please?

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The Hufflepuff common room is a hobbit hole: tunnels, perfectly round doors, general coziness. Squee!

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@ regina: Blodeuwedd: Hi jk, first of all thank you for all the books I have enjoyed each and every one of them could you tell us what professions harry, hermione, ron, ginny and luna go on to have did the trio do their final year at school and take their newts who became hea

J.K. Rowling: Harry did so (just because Voldemort was gone, it didn’t mean that there would not be other Dark witches and wizards in the coming years).

(Yes, Harry finished his 7th year at Hogwarts)

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NO, she never mentioned whether or not any of them went back to Hogwarts. TLC is missing a piece of their transcript. Here is what she actually said regarding that question:

Blodeuwedd: Hi jk, first of all thank you for all the books I have enjoyed each and every one of them could you tell us what professions harry, hermione, ron, ginny and luna go on to have did the trio do their final year at school and take their newts who became hea

J.K. Rowling: Thank you! I’ve already answered about Hermione. Kingsley became permanent Minister for Magic, and naturally he wanted Harry to head up his new Auror department.

J.K. Rowling: Harry did so (just because Voldemort was gone, it didn’t mean that there would not be other Dark witches and wizards in the coming years).

J.K. Rowling: Ron joined George at Weasleys’ Wizarding Wheezes, which became an enormous money-spinner..

J.K. Rowling: After a few years as a celebrated player for the Holyhead Harpies, Ginny retired to have her family and to become the Senior Quidditch correspondent at the Daily Prophet!

“Harry did so” was referring to the job he took up in the auror department. SHE AVOIDS SAYING WHETHER OR NOT HARRY WENT BACK. So I take that as a no, he did not.

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maggi: What is up with your comment to me? I am disappointed that the chat had so many old questions that Rowling already answered. I am happy with the new answers, but I wish there were more of them. Please be polite.

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I’m so sorry. I didn’t want to give a wrong answer. SORRY! Daniela: I didn’t want to let it sound like this. I’m from Germany and I don’t know many interviews. This one I found as luck.

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I only know the text on this page about the interview.

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Yeah! She answered my question, it was the one about Hedwig. Not that important but I couldn’t think of anything else. I’m SO surprised that mine made it through 120,000…

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I’m glad she mentioned Hedwig. When I read that part, I was simply infuriated. I mean, the odds: a Death Eater is aiming for Hagrid, enormous part-giant, and instead hits Hedwig, a small, white owl?

By the way, how on earth did Dumbledore’s portrait know when Harry was leaving Privit Drive? Perhaps Snape forced Mundungas to tell him, then related the message to the portrait? I’m not sure…

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I hope Jo answers the questions about the Dursleys. Though Harry probably won’t want any contact with them, i wonder whether they’ve talked since the end of the war. It’s so gracious of Jo to spend time answering all these questions and she’s saying she’ll even answer some more on her website. Thanks Jo!

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The Hagrid training thestrals question made me think… Could Harry’s “death” cause someone to see thestrals? I know most present were Death Eaters and had probably seen many deaths, but now that JK’s answered all the big questions, my mind seems to pop up with the weird “what if” type.

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Thanks so much for the transcript! I tried to get into the chat, but after 15 minutes of trying to get in, I gave up the ghost. I wish she had answered one of the dozen questions I submitted, but maybe she’ll answer them on her website!

I think Ron could do both; he started out at WWW with George and probably once George seemed okay with it all, Ron went into Auror training.

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That was awesome, thank you Jo!!!!! Great to get some answers there…and I would suspect that Ron would help out George and then when Harry reached a certain point of leadership within the auror dept (if he did become head right away) perhaps he had Ron come and join him then…and like others have said, who is to say that Ron didn’t do both part-time? We’ll have to wait and see what Jo says about that later…

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What does ‘Homenum Revelio’ actually do? Based on the fact that the Death Eaters downstairs in Xenophilius’ room cast the spell and said, “someone’s definitely there,” I’m still wondering why Dumbledore could see Harry under the cloak. The cloak is completely impenetrable no matter what spell is cast on it. Even if Dumbledore silently casted the spell, he wouldn’t be able to see a silhouette of anyone under the cloak.

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I love when Jo answers our questions and I love how she said we should keep an eye on her website! :) Harry Potter has definitely brightened my life and given me so much.

Thanks Leaky for posting the transcript!

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Scott, I think Dumbledore cast the spell and guessed that it was Harry. He had just given Harry the invisibility cloak, he knew Harry was going to do wandering around the castle at night with it. Besides, he may have heard Harry whisper, “Mom? Dad?”

I think the spell just reveals if there’s a human presence. Perhaps if used by a stronger wizard like Dumbledore, it could reveal more, like if the wizard is underage (that is, if it measures people by magical ability like Voldemort’s boat). Who knows? It’s fun to think about, though.

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Scott—I think that since he used the elder wand to cast the spell, which is the strongest wand there is, he would have been able to penetrate the cloak. For all we know the cloak could have been created with this wand.

I wish she would explain more about Ron’s profession and on whether or not they returned to Hogwarts.

She didn’t say a word about the encyclopedia :(

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Scott, Homenum Revelio does exactly what Jo made it to do, it reveals a person under the cloak, does it really matter? sheesh, some people really can’t just trust the author. Why it’s still not enough for some people? Why there are so many complains? She took her time and answered so many great questions. Why do you still question her answers? It’s magic, and she intveted it. that’s her world, and it works the way she says it works. just accept it.

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Thanks Leaky for posting the transcript!!! I liked all the information provided.

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i lover her. she’s the coolest and the best. i only hope to remotely like her.

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Speaking of the Joke shop, I bet you Lee Jordan helped, too. He was a natural fit to me, although I’m glad Ron got involved. It is Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes, after all. I agree that he could have done that and the Auror bit. Maybe even at the same time. He wouldn’t have to be at the shop all the time. Fred and George had other staff when we saw the shop in HBP.

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I thought that LC would have a link to the webcast this morning. I was very disappointed when I could not find one and also could not access the old news to get in that way. I had to go to Mugglenet to get to the web cast and missed the first few questions. I even went to the Bloomsbury main site but the web cast wasn’t listed there. I was disappointed also that several of the questions that she answered were either answered previously in recent interviews or could be found in DH if it was read closely. I did learn several new bits of info and was extremely surprised and thrilled that JKR stayed online for an extra 1/2 hour. Our family loves everything HP and we are looking forward to the encyclopedia and the theme park.

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There were 2 Camille… Incredible, I wasn’t waiting for an answer, I just wanted her to know how much her work was important for me… I just dropped a “declaration of love” in the middle of the chat… Can’t believe it she’s so nice… Sorry it took questions’ place but it also shows she’s very warm and kind…

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That was awesome. I’m so looking forward to the encyclopedia. I think she always knew that she was going to write one, which is why she has still left us hanging with so much of the book.

Love it

Emma

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I was glad that she did this, I really wanted to know what career paths that they ended up on. the only thing i was sad to see that she didnt answer was did harry return to live in grummauld place (and did the poor house elf survive? could they ever get the screaming picture off the wall?)

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She’s the best. I was hoping she’d do something like this but I figured she would take a well deserved vacation but as she said herself, she must’ve been wanting to get these tidbits off her chest for a while.

As for Ron, he hardly seems like the kind of guy who can stick to one career. I can imagine he was an auror, a wizard weezer, and maybe even Minister of Magic in the more distant future. And that wouldn’t even make him too flaky, especially for that generation.

I was most impressed with Ginny being the star player for the Harpies. She’s so cool.

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Okay Leaky, the first question was rubbish. I’m sorry, but that is my honest opinion. The second one? Excellent. I wouldn’t have thought of something that good if you’d given me a week. I didn’t know you had two oppurtunities for questions, but what was lacking in the first, was redeemed in the second. Well done!! Long Live Harry!!

P.S. All this talk about Snape makes me want to rip my tear ducts out. I think that is, by far, the most tragic aspect of this story. She is just so cruel. But, I suppose it doesn’t matter what I think, for I am forever indebted to her for sharing this wonderful world with a lowly Muggle such as myself.

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How cool is it that J.K. Rowling did this. I mean, what other author has done something like this for their throngs of fans mere days after the book was released? Thank you Jo for all you have given us…and for showing that you truly aren’t in this for the money – though I’m sure it must be nice! ; )

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PS – all you with absurdly picky questions about the fact that she might have contradicted herself about what color socks someone wore or didn’t wear or some such nonsense, you just need to RELAX and appreciate the art!

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urm didnt she say that ron was an auror? maybe he worked with george for a while and then became and auror…

fantastic answers tho! loved the bit about sirius’s fans… “I’m sorry about Sirius. That man’s got a lot of fans. Mostly female, I might add.” HILARIOUS! i was laughing so hard… i could just see her face…

i know its not that funny… but to me it is…

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who had the Elder wand in the final duel between Harry and Voldemort? Didn’t Voldemort take it from Dumbledore’s tomb? But Harry tells Voldemort he disarmed Draco of it, who had disarmed Dumbledore

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She said that Harry went back to Hogwarts, but Ron went to work with George. Later she said that Shacklebolt wanted both of them in the Auror department. She never said WHEN they joined the Aurors. Could have been a year later. Could have been five. She also didnt mention what Hermione did in that intermediary year. Knowing her she probably went back to Hogwarts.

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gus, Draco disarmed Dumbledore, but never claimed the wand. The wand would have still recognized Draco as its master. Later when Harry disarmed Draco, despite the fact that the elder wand was not used, it’s master had been defeated, thus making its new master Harry.

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Do you thnk Ron and Hermione getting married

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Do you thnk Ron and Hermione getting married

Posted by Katie on July 30, 2007 @ 06:06 PM

Havne’t you read the book?

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first i must say Thank you for writing these enchanting words of fiction that have grasped every readers heart.After finishing this book i couldnt help but have that sadness that you get after a story is complete…and finite…yet i do have a question…the mangled “baby” in kings cross..was the part of voldemorts soul in harry that died when he used the killing curse, correct?

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Why are people posing questions to Jo here in the comments? Technologically challenged?

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Re. Ron being an Auror and working with his brother. Where’s the disconnect? Think about it, an Auror, hunting down the bad guys. Supplemented with a full bag of tricks from Fred and George’s (and later Ron’s and whomever else’s) wildest dreams. It’d be like a wizard world James Bond backed by Q’s department… With the costs outsourced so it doesn’t hit your Auror department budget. Come on now…

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Thank you Jo, for sharing so much of your work, and yourself, with the rest of us. :)

Tonia, just to add to Melissa’s reply: there is no better source for organized info on Jo’s Wizarding World than the Harry Potter Lexicon. The link doesn’t seem to work at th emoment, but it’s up there. Jo was known to refer to it herself :)

Katie, about Aberforth and his goats? Beyond “inappropriate charms”... I’d rather not know more, actually…

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maggi: It’s ok. The news on Leaky, Mugglenet, HPANA, harrypotterfanzone.com always give links to interviews. And http://www.accio-quote.org/ and hp-lexicon have lots of answers, too.

The part that touched me the most in the chat was the possibility that Lily could have loved Snape romantically, but didn’t because of his choices…

I had some questions that were dear to me, but perhaps would have seemed silly to others; whether Snape could see from the afterlife how Harry named his kid; whether he had any reunion with Lily in the afterlife, and did she slap him silly, and then thanked him; except that would be too painful, with James around (I want Snape’s story to go on at least a little bit); and whether Jo approves of Dumbledore’s comment that we sort too soon (which seemed to hurt Snape; perhaps, as headmaster, DD shouldn’t have shown a preference for a house?), etc.

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Could Leaky please clean this up? There are repeat questions and a part where the question isn’t even shown—the bit about the centaurs stampeding.

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I’m so happy that she took her time to do this and after reading some comments, some people aren’t. sighs I’ve got to quit reading comments.

Anyways, I’m so happy with three of the questions she answered because that means people can stop arguing. (Fawkes, Parstlemouth, what DD would see in the mirror of Erised)

Can’t we all just be content with the answers she gives us?

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I love you, J.K.

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Ron being both George’s partner at WWW and an Auror in 19 years is no contradiction – I can tell you there’s plenty of time for both. I’ve been out of college for over 19 years and have had several jobs ranging from mechanic to IT system administrator. By the way, I love the fact that Ginny became a pro Quidditch player, then a sports writer. I can definitely see the term “loser’s lurgy” popping up from time to time.

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my question got answered!!! i nearly had a seizure. my friend and i have been wondering what hermione smelt in amortentia for a long time, so it was awesome when she answered it. i thought hair was cute, although my friend was hoping for something like chess lacquer.

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Being a Sirius fan (and female) I would have liked her to answer a few more questions like – Do Harry and Ginny raise their family at Grimmauld Place? – Does Kreacher continue as their house elf? – Was the house at Godric Hollow that had become the memorial James’s family home – What was the veil and archway for? Bring on the encyclopedia!! Hopefully that may fill in a few more blanks … although I doubt JKR will ever be able to completely satisfy the questions of her avid (and sometimes obsessive) fans!

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And, Wild Sirius, perhaps in the future Encyclopedia she’ll tell us if all house elves are freed, and can choose who to work for?

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This is a great site – thanks for all the fantastic info and such a fast transcript of the chat.

I love that JKR took the time to do this for her fans; it’s very generous. And I thought that most of the questions and all of the answers were excellent. I love getting JKR’s thoughts about some of the nuances of the books (what Dubledore sees in the mirror, etc).

What I don’t understand, and it’s very difficult to phrase this without sounding snotty or snarky, for which I apologize, is why people care what JKR or anyone else says about events happening AFTER DH. If it’s not in the books – isn’t it whatever you want it to be? Again, I do not mean this to sound snotty – I am curious about the phenomenon I see oft-repeated here and elsewhere. If you want to believe that Harry, Ron, and Hermione finished Hogwarts then go ahead and believe it, right? I mean, I understand if there was to be a book 8, that people would have hopes about what would happen in it – but since events post-DH are unwritten can’t they be whatever we choose to believe?

The couple who dressed as Tonks & Remus? You looked amazing and how cool that JKR remembered you!

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that was interesting. a little bit scattered. but i swear that i read ron had become an auror along with harry in the interview with merideth viera

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SHE ANSWERED TWO OF MY QUESTIONS! today is actually the best day of my life. i asked like a million questions, and one of the one she answered (about Umbridge using a patronus while wearing the locket) wasn’t that exciting, but I was delighted about the answer to the question I asked about how Regulus found out about Voldemort’s horcruxes cos it had really been bugging me. How did they choose the questions, was she chooosing them? she can’t have been if there were 120,000 and some of us got two answered. i am sorry everyone else but i’ve it was the best thing that ever happened…can kind of say i interviewed jo now! anyway, the chat in general was amazing, can’t believe everything we know now! why didn’t she just write an epilogue the same size as book 5, that might have fulfilled us…or maybe not…

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I think she is wrong about the Sword of Gryffindor. Goblin theories of property rights are beside the point: Harry promised to give the sword to Griphook if he got them into the vault and he kept his side of the bargain. A better answer would be that you don’t need to own the sword in order to pull it out of the hat. After all, Harry didn’t own it yet when he did so in CS.

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Thanks for the transcript….. but really… after all the Canon Conundrums… unanswered questions and you ask THAT?????

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Wow, what an amazing amount of information and a wonderful resource to us fans. JKR is an amazing lady and tremendously nice to her many admirers. I am so happy many things I’d wondered about were answered. A couple of things I still wonder…who is headmaster of Hogwarts after DH? Were the names Hugo and Rose just family faves or something else? And like others, where did Harry and Ginny decide to live and raise their family?

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how come voldemort and the death eaters didn’t think to use a portkey to get in and out of hogwarts in the HBP? it would be a lot easier than fixing a broken cabinet…can anybody please give me your thoughts on this…thanks!

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I’m very happy about snape getting a portrait at hogwarts..

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Hey, Miss Jen—nah, we Leaky-lovers are not all that “technically challenged.” We just know Melissa’s reading this, and we’re hoping she can help get our questions answered. (And compared to the density of information Meredith Viera’s NBC interviews contained, we’re ‘way better off with Leaky! Thanks tons for the quick transcript!)

A plea for keeping it all civil, mates. I’m 48 and had never ever listened to a podcast ‘til last publication night. (Checked out Leaky’s last cast ‘cause I couldn’t get onto the midnight reading.) Consider myself a pretty well-read fan, but even I missed Snape looking into Lily’s eyes at the end! We’ve all been a bit tired . . . . three cheers for folks finding this site for the first time. Welcome!

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i think i died and went to heaven when i read this. FINALLY a Q and A with all the little plot details and fan scrutinies explained.

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Just for fun, I looked up the lyrics to “My Way” as sung by Frank Sinatra which JKR said was her idea for the muggle song that would be sung at Dumbledore’s funeral:

My Way Lyrics (P. Anka, J. Revaux, G. Thibault, C. Frankois)

And now, the end is here And so I face the final curtain My friend, I’ll say it clear I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain I’ve lived a life that’s full I traveled each and ev’ry highway And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Regrets, I’ve had a few But then again, too few to mention I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway And more, much more than this, I did it my way

Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew When I bit off more than I could chew But through it all, when there was doubt I ate it up and spit it out I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way

I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried I’ve had my fill, my share of losing And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing To think I did all that And may I say, not in a shy way, “Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way”

For what is a man, what has he got? If not himself, then he has naught To say the things he truly feels and not the words of one who kneels The record shows I took the blows and did it my way!

Yes, it was my way

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And while I’m in theme song mode, it occurred to me before we knew whether Harry would live or die that Harry’s theme would nicely put by “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of LaMancha”, or am I being overly sentimental? What do you all think?:

“The Impossible Dream” (music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion)   To dream the impossible dream To fight the unbeatable foe To bear with unbearable sorrow To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong To love pure and chaste from afar To try when your arms are too weary To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest To follow that star No matter how hopeless No matter how far To fight for the right Without question or pause To be willing to march into Hell For a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true To this glorious quest That my heart will lie peaceful and calm When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this That one man, scorned and covered with scars Still strove with his last ounce of courage To reach the unreachable star

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Wasnt Ron an Auror?

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So let me get this straight: Snape was an un-heroic vile bully on Today but on webchat he is a heroic vile bully? Oh but not good enough to have a portrait unless Harry says so?

Geez, she just keep turning the knife doesn’t she? We love you too, Jo.

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This is an interesting read but edited really badly. Jumped all over the place and kept repeating itself. You guys should really get better proof-readers.

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Wow! Leaky got to go first! Woot Woot! How many think, like I do, that Jo left stuff out purposley so we could discuss them with her. I love her humor.

EVERYBODY TOGETHER, “I DID IT MYYYYYY WAYYYYY!”

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She never did say that Snape was/wasnt a vampire (or at least have traits ). In DH she still references him to a bat when he flew out the window. Plus, he died by being bit…in the neck….with fangs…hmmmmm. I dont think he was, but even after the question came up years ago, she still felt to use this comparison. Did she change her mind over the years?

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I like thinking of Ron working with George. It suits him, don’t you think? And, it’s very nice for George, too. Actually, I can also see Molly getting a kick out of helping out there, too. The family business.

Perhaps Ron organizes Auror “workshops” with Harry?!...

I like thinking of Ginny as a pro Quidditch player and sportswriter! (I was sorry we couldn’t see more of her in DH, although we do hear about the DA actions at Hogwarts.)

Thanks again, Leaksters!

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Some people wonder if Harry & Ginny raise their kids at Grimmauld Place? Ick. Not without a very thorough housecleaning. What an unhappy place.

No. I don’t want them to live there.

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BUT I ASKED IT!!!! I ASKED IT!!!!! HERE ON LEAKY!!! I’VE NOTICED I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO’S CURIOUS ABOUT THE ELDER WAND’S LENGTH,CORE AND EVERYTHING!!!!!!! OH MY GOD!!! WILL SOMEONE PLEASE ASKED THAT QUESTION FOR ME!!!!!!???

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Laura-Tonks, you and your boyfriend-Lupin are just great. Lovely pix you put up on Flickr. How perfect what Jo said to you two then & recalled in the chat.

Heck, I’ll got ahead and repost your links for people who may have missed it:

http://flickr.com/photos/lhall/86388599

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BUT I ASKED IT!!!! I ASKED IT!!!!! HERE ON LEAKY!!! I’VE NOTICED I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO’S CURIOUS ABOUT THE ELDER WAND’S LENGTH,CORE AND EVERYTHING!!!!!!! OH MY GOD!!! WILL SOMEONE PLEASE ASK THAT QUESTION FOR ME!!!!!!???

happy bday to harry and jk rowling anyway

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how can Jo asked her question about the wand and not answer it!!!???

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I think Jk has well thought out all of Ron’s future. she said he helps not he works with him

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Does anyone remember if she explained what voldemort did to those two kids to traumatize them when they went to the cave?

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no, she does not say what happens to the kids in the cave. I think he practiced on them.

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No questions about Sirius? I’m pissed (in a not so-pissed kinda way ha ha ) but i think sh’s answered nuff Qs about him previously anyway. Great chat!

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“J.K. Rowling: We seem to have over-run. We’ve had over 120,000 questions, I’ve been told!”

Ah, isn’t that fantastic? If Jo does answer 1 question a day, that will be 328 years of fun! ;)

I would love to know what became of Filch, my guess was he would be the one doing magic late in life. I’d have loved it, he would finally have found some happiness.

I was shocked when I read that Snape didn’t get a portrait first, and quite delighted that Harry made it appear finally. Though there’s still the question – the heck, how are such portraits created?! DD’s appeared pretty fast, didn’t it? And now think about it, I would love to have seen Snape’s reaction about being helped by Harry. :D

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I think she is wrong about the Sword of Gryffindor Posted by Jack Of Clubs

Holly cow! Yeah I think you are right, Jo is wrong. Of course, you are reading the books, you are a great fan, and who is she? just an author who wrote these books, a person who invented this world. oh comon give me a break, why some people are so thick! I agree with the_twins_rock, just relax and appriciate everything that she’s done for us.

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Now, I’m not known to have the best memory in the world but wasn’t it stated somewhere in DH that the Elder wand had no core. It’s solid, right. If it isn’t mentioned, I guess I just assumed it.

As for the questions about Aberforth, I think she was saying playing with goats and I believe in a previous interview JKR confirmed that it means exactly what you think/fear it means.

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May I second Prowler’s request, which is constantly being made by some of us that post here or in the discussions: please, let’s be gentle with one another.

The Leaky Cauldron attracts a wide range of Potter fans, from the casual to the maniac, across all age groups (my own mum just finished DH, at age 76), and with different reading comprehension and educational levels. Be kind, be considerate …and if someone asks a question that irritates you, why answer at all? All you do is waste your own time, and create a second post that will irritate the rest of us. Just ignore it, and look for what interests you.

Cheers

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my interpretation/take on ron’s job:

that question said something about the trio taking NEWTS, and it looks like she said Harry did and Ron went to work with George. So maybe after that year they both joined/headed up the Auror office, like a gap year or something. Harry and Hermione took a year to study before entering the work force, and Ron hung out in London instead.

a more exact transcript will have to come out before we know, but that’s kinda what I thought she might have been saying.

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I will never dare to say it was a choppy section… That’s how chats works!! I love JKR humour!! and how she give herself to her readers. She’s the best!! I hope that, after her long break, she continues writing such wonderful work, even though will not be about the wizarding world. GOOD LUCK and hoe you have a very well deserve rest!!

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Maybe Ron first joined George then worked in the Auror office and only sometimes helped George. Think what you like to! But I think George is a bit helpless without Fred, perhaps he’s got fewer good ideas… But I’ve already said it: think what you want.

Let’s all say Happy Birthday to Harry and Jo!!!

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This may have been asked, if so, sorry. Haven’t had time to go through everything. What did Dumbledore mean when he told Harry’s aunt, “Remember my last, Petunia”?

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maggi: “Sry, my internet doesn’t work as it should:( Daniela: Give us the answers if you’ve got them.”

Hey, maggi, I must have misinterpreted this statement of yours. I seriously took it to be you calling me a “know it all.” Naturally, I asked you to be polite, but I guess I misread the tone, and you were not being impolite. You really thought I had all the answers. I don’t. I would have liked myself to find out in which house Albus ended up (for fun, at least). That is why in my post I mentioned how so many questions were old… Like about Peeves, etc. Your question is new. I would have liked to have seen it answered. But only Jo has those answers.

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Does anyone know why J.K. chose to use the diadem of Ravenclaw when she had never mentioned it before the 6th book? Why didn’t she use Ravenclaw’s wand, which was mentioned in the first book when Harry entered Ollivander’s? I think it was the single wand on the purple pillow at the front of the store. I was sure, when I read the 6th book, that that was the reason Ollivander was taken: to get use of Ravenclaw’s wand.

Is it true that J.K. is going to write Hogwarts, A History? What about an encyclopedia of everyone’s biographies?

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Jordan, No where in the books does it say that the wand in Ollivander’s window is Ravenclaw’s. That idea came from some of the discussions prior to the release of Deathly Hallows. In recent interviews, JKR has indicated that she will “probably” do an Encyclopedia, and donate the money to charity. She has not said when, however. I and others have joked about the books we’d like to see, such as Hogwarts A History, or Social Life of British Muggles, done in a format similar to Quidditch down the Ages and Fantastic Beasts. However, JKR has not given any indication that she will ever write such things. Some fans have tried to piece together the comments about Hogwarts found in the 7 books in an effort to sketch out what the history would look like

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What makes this world exciting is that, there are these gaps, left to us, for us to let our imaginations fly… HP’s world hits us because it takes us to a different world where there is a vast supply of imagination, and like every book HP, allows us to question and explore possibilities… And leaving these gaps, is a way of making HP immortal… as it leaves us hanging, always curious, and those question lingers on… like a book that never close…

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P.S. And I just realized, my first post looked like it was in answer to maggi’s question, but it was a comment on the chat. It went up at the same time as the question about Albus, which I hadn’t seen. I was not irritated by that question!

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P.P.S. And I guess I’ll go easy on the questions in the chat. I’m forgetting, like someone said earlier, that it’s probably children who have just started reading, and are happy to chat with Jo. So if it makes people happy, I’ll take back my nerdy unhappiness.

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i like to think Ron, Hermione, Harry and Ginny… all went back to Hogwarts for year seven… Ginny will get to join them, since she went back for her sixth yr and the trio skipped 7th…

I can imagine the impact of loss of Fred on George… Of all the Weasley bros., Ron would be the perfect one for the job, and running WWW with George would’ve helped a lot in coping with the loss… And with everything settled at WWW, Ron then went on and followed Harry as an Auror… and while Harry became Head of the Dept., Ron took his sweet time of being an Auror, and running/inventing stuff with George…

It’s cool too, i think, Ginny becoming a renowned Quidditch player… we all know the influence of celebrities to people… and with that influence plus working in the Daily Prophet later on… if you do the math, the four might’ve well held the most important positions in a country/world. ... The trio in key positions in the Ministry of Magic(government); the executive(Minister of Magic), legislative(Hermione) and judiciary(Hr/H) branches plus armed forces(Aurors, Ron and Harry)...; and Ginny working in the Daily Prophet, she would have great influence on media (we all know how powerful media is)... I imagine them rocking in the wizarding world!!!! Its a great world…

P.S. i don’t think Harry and Ginny would live in grimmauld place… they must’ve bought their own place… (Harry inherited quite a fortune from his parents and Sirius remember)

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Josephine, how about we agree that the fate of the Dursleys is not definitively answered in DH, and we hope that JKR will tell us soon? In another instance, Lavender Brown: did she get bitten by Greyback, or did Hermoine stop him in time (US edition, page 646)? The key phrase “a gray blur that Harry took for an animal sped four-legged across the hall to sink its teeth into one of the fallen”...ok, Greyback intended to, but was he stopped before he did becomes the question, since the wording can be interpreted either way. Perhaps in the Encyclopedia we’ll find out? Or we take up a collection for Melissa’s plane ticket? I have five bucks here…

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I liked that the questions and answers took us further than the 7th book. Hard to believe there won’t be anymore, but of course understandable.

I don’t know that I totally “get” the Colin Creavy answer. He didn’t come in with Fred & George and wasn’t in the room of requirement when Harry went in. He seemed to be with his house in the Great Hall which would be wrong.

Has anyone ever seen the movie “Troll”? It came out before the Harry Potter books and had a father and son named Harry Potter. Of course there was magic too.

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Laura had the same question I did…and I am so glad it got answered! I am sure Jo is going to write that encyclopedia sometime soon…but didn’t she say in another interview she had some other things she was mulling over?

If Jo’s Patronus is a dog…I wonder if it would be a Labrador. Did you notice in the movie OoTP that all their Patronuses were the same ones in DH?

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hi!.... i just noticed that rowling answered a lot of questions about the final book…. and she tell us what i was wondering about… how neville got the sword if the gnom stole it before?... but well… i know now… it´s good…. by the way… i expect that my english is understandable…. because my original languaje is spanish… but… anyway… see you!

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Anybody else wonder how all the reinforcements for the Battle of Hogwarts came in through the Hogs Head Inn, when Aberforth had just told the trio that they couldn’t apparate out until after curfew because of the Caterwauling Charm? I’m missing something . . . .

So has everyone filled in their handy-dandy chart with (1) which Horcrux; (2) destroyed by whom; (3) using what implement of destruction; and (4) associated with whose death?

Hey, Melissa—as several have mentioned: any hope of another chat with Jo to work through our accumulating pile of questions?

I thought I’d be bereft after finishing the last book. No way! Loving thinking through things!

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I wonder how would teach all the subjects at Hogwarts. I know Neville is teaching Herbology but who is the headmaster?

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You know, Ms. Rowling could have avoided doing all of these “What happened to (fill in the blank)” questions if the epilogue had been more than ten pages long. I would have liked to learn all of this in context.

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WHAT WAS THE HORCRUX THAT NEVER WAS? When Voldemort first tried to kill Harry and make his 6th horcrux, what decide did he plan to use before it backfired????? I haven’t seen this question anywhere..

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I meant to say device there.

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wow…

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How can I ask her questions?? mail me the answer if you know please… [email protected]

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I’m sooooooooo glad she did this for us…because im not left wandering about what happened to people’s lives as much…Thanx Jo!!!! For everything actually!!! Like, HARRY POTTER!!!! Which I’ve loved so much and always will!!!

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My question has to do with the vail in the ministry of magic. I have read and reread that part in the 5th book and i thought for sure it would of came up again in the 7th book. I don’t really understand what it is or why it is in the ministry of magic(She never really went into alot of detail about it). What is it’s purpose and why is harry (and I think Luna) the only one that can hear the voices behind it. And does Serius die from the killing curse or is it from falling through the veil. (I thought or hoped that he really wasn’t dead because some of the characters really never said he died in the 5th book only that he was gone and not coming back). If you could please answer this or help me find the answer I would really appreciate it.

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That was so nice of Jo to answer some of the questions in that way. I never really expected to get answers to those questions from J.K. Rowling herself so soon. I am so sad that I missed so much on web as mine computer got back after 20 days yesterday.

Answers in this webchat were not enough to satisfy me(or any big fan) but they did make some difference. “I really think Melissa has to go back to Edinburgh and ask the questions that really need answering. I need closure.” My vote for that. But will there be really a closure, I don’t think so. Rowling has deliberatly left lots of room for wild imaginations(that’s what every book in the series has done) and she is enjoying that the most.

“What does ‘Homenum Revelio’ actually do? Based on the fact that the Death Eaters downstairs in Xenophilius’ room cast the spell and said, “someone’s definitely there,” I’m still wondering why Dumbledore could see Harry under the cloak. The cloak is completely impenetrable no matter what spell is cast on it. Even if Dumbledore silently casted the spell, he wouldn’t be able to see a silhouette of anyone under the cloak.” POSTED by SCOTT on July 30. Wasn’t Mad-Eye’s eye in ‘Goblet of Fire’ able to spot Harry in cloak in Hogsmeade? Pg-282, ch-The Hungarian Horntail. UK edition.

“I was glad that she did this, I really wanted to know what career paths that they ended up on. the only thing i was sad to see that she didnt answer was did harry return to live in grummauld place (and did the poor house elf survive? could they ever get the screaming picture off the wall?)” POSTED by AMELIA on July 30 “Being a Sirius fan (and female) I would have liked her to answer a few more questions like – Do Harry and Ginny raise their family at Grimmauld Place? – Does Kreacher continue as their house elf? – Was the house at Godric Hollow that had become the memorial James’s family home – What was the veil and archway for? Bring on the encyclopedia!! Hopefully that may fill in a few more blanks … although I doubt JKR will ever be able to completely satisfy the questions of her avid (and sometimes obsessive) fans!” POSTED by WILD SIRIUS on July 30.

Fully agreeing with ‘Amelia’ and ‘Wild Sirius’ I want to add, Were they ever able to remove Mad-eye Moody’s curse for Snape from Grimmauld place? Jo, thanks very very much for taking us all with you along such a wonderful journey. Will miss new adventures of all the characters that we followed and lived with all these years.

P.S. Hope it isn’t too long, but couldn’t resist what I thought and felt.

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Jo, thanks very very much for taking us all with you along such a wonderful journey. Will miss new adventures of all the characters that we followed and lived with all these years.

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Thank you for this, it really answered some of the questions I might’ve asked. JKR, you’re a genious!

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I don’t know why no one has mentioned it in most of the discussions, but how can Dumbledore beat Grindenwald in their famous duel if Grindenwald had the Elder Wand(whick is an unbeatable wand). That doesn’t make any sense.

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You know, the 7th book is incredible, but for me there was just 1 thing missing: I thought that after overcoming Voldemort, Harry would go and find Ginny, and at least would say something nice to her, or smile, or hug her. Well, it’s obvious it was like that, because they got married, and still this little romantis moment is not described even in a few words. So this is what I thought would be in the end of the book for sure… And I didn’t find it there.

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I’m disappointed in Hermione’s future. She would be more suited to being an Auror than Ron or even, in a way, Harry. During Deathly Hallows, she exhibited brilliance many actual Aurors would perhaps never achieve. I quite like how she initially Department of Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures but I don’t like it at all that Hermione had a career in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement- it’s actually kind of beneath her. And not even the Head of Department? Pretty high up? Pfft.

Personally, I think she should have been Ministress of Magic after Kingsley Shacklebolt retired from the position.

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