J.K. Rowling Talks About “Who Do You Think You Are?” Episode with Radio Times

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Aug 01, 2011

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Author J.K. Rowling recently gave an interview to Radio Times magazine in conjunction with her upcoming episode for the BBC show, “Who Do You Think You Are?

As Leaky reported in June, Ms. Rowling decided to appear on the show to trace her mother’s French ancestry. Excerpts from her interview were published by the AP and can be seen below:

Rowling told the Radio Times that the experience was an upsetting and emotional one. She said taking part in her genealogy research made her so emotional that she cried several times.

“There were a lot of big surprises, some wonderful, and one rather upsetting,” she said in an interview.

“However, I went into the program wanting the truth, no matter what it was, because I knew so little about my French ancestry, and I don’t regret a moment of it. I loved the whole experience,” she added.

She said that she has undertook the project because her mother Anne Volant, who died in 1990, was very interested in her French roots but never got the chance to explore them.

“A huge motivation in looking into my family history is my mother. It’s very much bound up in that loss,” she said.

J.K. Rowling’s episode of “Who Do You Think You Are?” is expected towards the end of this month.





30 Responses to J.K. Rowling Talks About “Who Do You Think You Are?” Episode with Radio Times

Avatar ImageAllstar says: The American version of Who Do You Think You Are is my favourite show. I hope they import this episode from the BBC at some point, I know they've done that with some of the other British episodes. It would be absolutely awesome to see this one.Avatar ImageDlcohm7 says: Mine too! Great show and it's real stories.I would LOVE to see Jo's mum family history.I bet it was emotional for her like she said.Would make us love her even more,if that's possible.Avatar ImageCathrynOCamdentowne says: Yes, one of my favorites too. Have always thought I'd love to trace my roots too, but you never know what you'll be faced with. We had a branch of the family that seemed just gone completely after WWII, and you would have to be ready for what you might find -I suspect that could be the case for JKR as well. Very emotional thing for anyone to look into. I do hope they show it here too -who can we write to?Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Its a good show...Avatar ImageLoopeyLooneyLuna says: it will be interesting to watchAvatar ImageRadiance says: Hope they take this episode state side!Avatar ImageOxie says: Awesome :DAvatar ImageLivi22 says: I can't wait to see this, I can see that this is very important to Jo and it'll be great to see what she's found out!Avatar ImageEeyore says: It is a fascinating show. I hope that we will get to see this one about Rowling here in the US. Anyone know if they will show it, or will it only be in the UK?Avatar ImageJuleBule says: Can't wait to see this!! I love this show and I'd always hoped they'd one day do an episode with Jo. :-)Avatar Imagemencia says: well maybe I'll get to see it someday :(Avatar Imagemaddison says: This episode will be soo good love you J.K !!!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: coolAvatar ImageHogwartsForever says: Love that show.Avatar Imagealexweasley12 says: never seen it, but it looks really interesting ! Good job to JK for wanting to explore her roots !Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I think I'll be watching that :DAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: Can't wait to watch it! I love the show!Avatar Imageroonwit says: I have seen 17th August reported as the day the programme will air.Avatar Imagegexpert says: It is "upsetting"? I hope it isn't a bad experience for Jo.Avatar Imagekiwimci says: As with everyone else here I'll excitely watch anything with my hero in it! Can't wait to see it, please Leaky keep us informed of when it'll be on. It's a good show even though I've only seen two episiodes. The one with Stephen Fry and one with Sarah Jessica Parker. Both very very interestingAvatar ImageEmmaline10248 says: Very coolAvatar Imagemoisenallie16 says: this will be really cool! i hope it will be on for us in the states. J.K. never does celebrity things like this, so I am very excited.Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: I really would be forward to watching that! What channel is it on again? I never heard of it till now!Avatar Imageroonwit says: The series will be on BBC ONE at 9pm on Wednesdays in the UK. Jo's episode may be on 17th August.Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: Can't wait to see it. I just love everything about Jo, she's a real fighter and an inspiration!Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Well -- I am in the US so maybe it will be online someday.Avatar ImageSmitch says: Intriguing! Can't wait to watch it...Avatar ImageTarana says: I'm looking forward to watching it. Nice article in the Radio Times too, btw.Avatar ImageFinallyPJ says: I'm hoping this will get shown in the states as part of the version of the show on NBC. If not, fingers crossed it will be online.Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Gotta see the show

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