We have magical news for you, readers! (Alas, it will not be delivered by owl.) J.K. Rowling has announced that she is considering releasing a “director’s cut” of the Harry Potter books. Commence your freak out accordingly.
In an interview with the BBC, Rowling confessed that she wishes she’d had more time with some of the Potter books. “I read them, and I think ‘Oh God, maybe I’ll go back and do a director’s cut,’” Rowling said. “I don’t know.”
The 47-year-old author added that, while "where Harry's story is concerned, I'm done," she was considering a new story set in the same Potter universe.
"I don't want to go mechanically back into that world and pick up a load of odds and ends and glue them together and say, 'Here we go, we can sell this,'" Rowling told the BBC, Wednesday. "It would make a mockery of what those books were to me.
"But ... if I did have a great idea for something else, I probably would do it. I am very averse to the prequel-sequel idea. A sidestep could maybe ... well, we'll see."
While we would be interested to see another book set in the Harry Potter universe, what we’re most excited about is the idea of a director’s cut. The earlier Potter books are much shorter — which is likely because they were more heavily edited in the years before Rowling’s fandom reached epic proportions — so it would be fun to see more of what’s going on in those first few novels.
However, what I’d really like to read is more of Voldemort and Dumbledore’s backstories. Harry’s experiences felt sufficiently fleshed out for me, but I think there’s room to hear about more of the side characters. Enough about me, though, what would you like to see in a director’s cut?
Rowling is currently at work on a new book “for slightly younger children than the Potter books.” Her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, will be released tomorrow.
Two words: MARAUDERS PREQUEL. =(