I have found a site with not only the essay as it appeared here on LJ, but with all of the comments archived, as well. I'm saving the essay, but unless someone wants the comments, too, I'm not going to grab them.
On mugglenet.com is the Bloomsbury chat transcript that jk rowling participated in on July 30. We'll never know who because she changed her mind and cut that little piece of plot. Oh well, I still think it would have been Dudley.
Here is the relevant piece from the transcript,
"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."
First of all, Hi, I'm Piper [for now] and I am here via Helenangel. /waves
This epilogue business.
Personally, I think epilogues are like introductions - they're best kept short and to the point. In that sense, I think it's a very good epilogue, even though it does read more like, yes, an introduction.
Will there more Harry Potter books?
Honestly, I hope so. That's the fan in me, though, and not the writer. The fan in me is passionate about this world and the people in it. The writer in me would hate to see JK Rowling forced into the same eternal loop that writers like Anne McCaffrey have wound up in - Pern is the cash herdbeast that puts the food on the table - and it no longer matters if the books are good or bad, as long as they are Pern. It kills the imagination of the writer, and that kills the world.
I'd like to see JK take a long break. Maybe go to the moon, or into hiding, or back to school, or lay on her back on the roof of her house and do nothing for a while. Why not? But one of these days she'll get back to writing and when she does, she's given us a nice set up.
So that's one point - the epilogue is about 1/2 intro to what might be down the pike, if she gets the hankering to write about this some more.
What the epilogue is to me is a longed for scene that never happens between Harry and Snape: the one where they look and see each other clearly, for the first time. The one we can't have because of how it all ends. It's also about choices, and I like the way JK brings us gently back to that pivotal moment in the very first book - what Harry chooses under that hat determines everything that happens after.
Dumbledore tells Snape he thinks sometimes they sort too early. Perhaps Severus' path would have been different if the people in his common room had been different, if his friends had been other than they were. There were choices he wasn't given, choices Harry was. And when Snape got to a point where he started forcing those choices, or having them forced upon him, they came on the cutting edge of repeated loss and sacrifice. In a way, Snape didn't start making those choices until they no longer were choices, but the only clear path for a very broken heart.
What we get in the epilogue is vindication for Snape. We are now Snape's eyes and ears. We readers are the only way he will know he has been seen and understood. Through his words to, and the naming of, his son [with Lily's eyes and Ginny's hair!], Harry makes it clear that all is not only forgiven, it is embraced, accepted and cherished for what it was. And when he speaks to Al, it is to remind us all of the choices he was given through the sacrifices of others.
I like to think that when Al gets sorted, he'll have to choose between Ravenclaw and Slytherin and he'll go with Slytherin because at least it's familiar.
That's definitely me being all fanish.
Rowling has said in several interviews that two characters were killed in this book which she hadn't intended to die while one got a reprieve.
Anyone know who these characters are or ideas on who they are?
Total reading time (759 pages): 4 hours, 32 minutes
I started my list of predictions about the final book about 20 minutes after finishing reading Half-Blood Prince. I halted it at 50. In the interest of not Spoiler-ing, I won't post the list of predictions until Wednesday (though, if requested by email, I'll send it along to any who want it)
But I have to gloat. I'm damn good at this. 49 out of 50. 98% accuracy. Hoody Hoo! Maybe there's hope for me to make my living from writing after all?
- Location:Mooresville, MO
- Music:Bif Naked - I Love Myself Today (Not Like Yesterday)
I already posted this in bipolypagangeek
and in my own journal, but I had to put it here, too! Yes, it's making fun of HP and fans thereof, but if you can't laugh at yourself, what's the point in having a sense of humor?
Okay! First we put the text from the site: "July 2007 is like the most awesomest month ever: we get a new Harry Potter movie AND a new Harry Potter book within days of each other. Go ahead - start wetting your pants now. Here's a little something to accompany the warm feeling: a parody of Smash Mouth's 'All Star.'
Now, we embed... Hee!
- Location:Mooresville, MO
- Music:Robert Lund - You've Got Hogwarts
Did anyone else take the WOMBAT on J. K. Rowling's website? The results were just posted over the weekend, I think.
I got an Outstanding.
I think this means I'm a true Potter maniac.
Okay, so... there are folks trying to make this happen, with the necessary changes. Apparently, some old guy in Scotland had the original idea, but some geeky folks I know here in the states have actually built the Quidditch field and worked with the rules. There are 28 of them -- three teams of 7, 2 extra on each team (in case of injury or just switch-out) and one referee. I'm trying to talk them into filming a match, but apparently they want it "perfect" first. This is not to be confused with the actual ( Muggle Quidditch )
that's already established. This is some friends of mine being geeky and seeing if they can get it closer to the "real" thing
- Broomsticks become unicycles. Yep, that's right, you wanna play, you learn
- For a Quaffle, you use one of those easy-grip dodgeballs
- Keeper and Beaters are on foot, instead of unicycles
- For Bludgers, they're using two homemade balls and the Beaters use pieces of dowel-rod, but I think softball-sized wiffle balls and the cheapy wiffle bats would work fine (just have a few extra on hand for if they bend). You can throw the Bludgers at the folks on the other team, but you have to defend teammates with the bats
- Play field works much like hockey -- enclosed completely
- If the Keeper leaves the goal area, they must mount a unicycle within 10 seconds
- The Snitch bit is the part that'll be hard to duplicate. The edge of the field has a series of 2-inch diameter holes, one series at 6 inches high, one series at 2 feet high and one series at 5 feet high. Holes are spaced around the perimeter of the field in each series 5 feet apart. The Seekers, on their unicycles, have essentially, whack-a-mole bats and the Snitch will pop out of one of these holes at random, and stay out for a random interval of 5 to 120 seconds, always out of one hole or another
- Location:Mooresville, MO
- Music:Pat Benatar - Love is a Battlefield