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Video: 1999 "60 Minutes Overtime" Interview with J.K. Rowling

JKR Interviews
Posted by: Rosi
November 11, 2010, 11:06 PM

In a remarkable act of time travel, CBS News' "60 Minutes Overtime" has posted a video interview with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling conducted by Lesley Stahl in 1999. The interview took place in Edinburgh before Daniel Radcliffe had even been cast as Harry Potter. Rowling explains her writing process, sets straight rumours that she was so poor she couldn't afford paper and produces "Box 1," a cardboard box stuffed to the brim with notes. The author further spoke about her feeling that children are "grossly underestimated."

Stahl also speaks to Rowling's literary agent, Christopher Little, about finding the manuscript in the slush pile. Lastly, there is footage of Rowling reading to children in Edinburgh and answering questions, commenting that she is "writing book four at the moment and Hermione gets her first date!" The author describes the series as one huge novel, divided for the reader's convenience, into seven.

You can watch the video at this link or below:

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Very cool! Any way to directly download this interview?

Posted by scallenger on November 11, 2010, 11:23 PM report to moderator
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very nice. “hermione gets her first date” – true, but also her first kiss, apparently!

Posted by abandonedboyjon on November 11, 2010, 11:24 PM report to moderator
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cool. i just watched harry potter and me a few nights ago. it was awesome. :D

Posted by Gryffindor1991 {ROAR!!!} on November 11, 2010, 11:51 PM report to moderator
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This is gorgeous.

Posted by Elena on November 11, 2010, 11:56 PM report to moderator
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Awesome! :D
Its hard to believe how far Harry Potter has come… Thanks JK Rowling __

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on November 11, 2010, 11:59 PM report to moderator
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Not related, but is anyone else having trouble getting the Leaky News RSS feed? I’ve been missing up to the minute headlines on my homepage for nearly a week.

Posted by Noble Birth Descending on November 12, 2010, 12:00 AM report to moderator
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My favorite parts: More than 8 million copies sold, maybe 9 million by tomorrow. And, JKR may make $100 million dollars from Harry Potter. I believe that if I added up all of the charitable gifts I’ve read on Leaky that she has made, those contributions would be over $100 million.

Posted by Noble Birth Descending on November 12, 2010, 12:19 AM report to moderator
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That was interesting to take a look back and see what it was like 10 years ago. A lot has happened since then.

Posted by Ratorr on November 12, 2010, 12:39 AM report to moderator
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A gem from the past…loved the last bit. :)

Posted by Scarlette on November 12, 2010, 01:17 AM report to moderator
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In 1999 I had no idea what Harry Potter was, I knew that it existed but nothing else.

Posted by MJB™ on November 12, 2010, 01:55 AM report to moderator
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I love the last part “Just tell the kids I said don’t but them.” JKR is really an awsome person.

Posted by MJB™ on November 12, 2010, 02:00 AM report to moderator
5389 Points

Awesome interview thank you guys

Posted by Azaad Potter The Chosen One [ROAR] on November 12, 2010, 02:33 AM report to moderator
3455 Points

That is so cool!!!!!! its like a blast to the past!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on November 12, 2010, 07:19 AM report to moderator
113 Points

So amazing. J K Rowling… you made our childhood! <3

Posted by spikester93 on November 12, 2010, 09:25 AM report to moderator
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Aw, I love going back into the past. What she says about the series and her writing are very consisent when you watch interviews over the years. She has such a strong belief in her own world that she has created. I love her!

Posted by Smitch on November 12, 2010, 11:40 AM report to moderator
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