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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, July 24, 2005

Harry Potter creator anticipates series' end

Associated Press


LONDON — J.K. Rowling, whose literary creation Harry Potter has drawn millions of fans of all ages worldwide, is filled with dread at the thought of ending her popular series when the seventh and final edition is released.

In her lone British interview, aired after the July 16 release of the sixth volume, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," the billionaire author told the 14-year-old Owen Jones on ITV that she planned to start work on the seventh book as early as the end of this year.

Jones interviewed Rowling inside a medieval castle in Edinburgh, Scotland where 70 select children from around the world heard her read an excerpt from the new book.

Rowling said eagle-eyed readers of the current novel would find clues about the next one in the final pages.

She also said she had mixed feelings about ending the saga of the boy wizard.

"I am dreading it in some ways. I do love writing the books and it is going to be a shock, a profound shock to me," she said. "Even though I have known it is coming for the past 15 years, I have known that the series would end, I think it will still be a shock."

Before she sits down to start the seventh book, Rowling said she would take time off to spend with her 6-month-old daughter, Mackenzie Jean.

"I have already done some work on it and I am still doing little bits and pieces, but realistically I have still got a very young baby, so I think probably next year I will do the proper writing of book seven."

As for writing non-Harry Potter fiction, she hinted she might consider a pen name.

"A fake name is very attractive," Rowling said. "I'll have less pressure and I can write any old thing I want and people won't be clamoring for it and that might be nice."

Since Rowling introduced Harry and his fellow students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to the world in 1997, the books have become a global phenomenon, selling 270 million copies in 62 languages and inspiring a series of movies.