12:05 am - 03/09/2013

JKR: A 'Harry Potter' Prequel About the Marauders Will Never Happen

Harry Potter and The Casual Vacancy author J.K. Rowling spoke this evening at the Bath Literature Festival and made clear that if she ever returns to Harry Potter, she won’t write a prequel.

Rowling was asked about if she would return to the Harry Potter series like so many fans have hoped since 2007 to write about, as an example, the Marauders. She responded by saying that although she has no current plans to return to the series, if she did it would not be about the Marauders. The reason? She doesn’t find prequels to be any good. This would mean no stories about James, Lily, Sirius, Pettigrew, etc.

Elsewhere during the evening she said…
- Grindelwald never loved Dumbledore and used him.
- Her own first kiss came when she was 12 years old.
- Her next book will be aimed at 8-year-olds, but she’s still busy writing it.
- Her proudest moment was when she outed Dumbledore (as gay), and following the revelation in New York City a fan came up to her straight afterwords and revealed that he or she too is homosexual.

Hypable co-founder Richard Reid attended tonight’s event and reported back on the comments Rowling made. This is the author’s only planned public engagement in 2013.
The news of no Maurader prequels may come as a disappointment to fans who had hoped or thought that would be the perfect part of the Potter world to head into with a new book. Fans could also see her writing about Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s children – and luckily she hasn’t ruled that idea out (yet). Regardless, it’s nice to hear her still considering the idea of returning to the Wizarding World.

This is breaking my heart rn. </3  I never really thought she would, but I hate having it confirmed. What does she mean it wouldn't be "any good." I would read 500 pages of Sirius throwing spit balls at Snape, tbh...

andthenwevomit 9th-Mar-2013 06:11 am (UTC)
I suckkkkk, they sound so try hard, maybe I should just write dialogue 'cause I seem to be good at that, how do people describe a room in detail that shit is hard ahhhhhhh
ok rant done
arrowtoes 9th-Mar-2013 06:47 am (UTC)
I remember someone saying a good way is to think of how to engage the five senses when describing stuff. But I know when I'm reading a story I get pissed off when things are described that aren't important to the story, like if it doesn't push the story along, it doesn't belong there. For example describing a character's sweater as yellow--why is that important for the reader to know? Like, it doesn't matter to tell us the story visually...you're telling the audience what's important like a tour guide would. Some details are there to detail the time period, set the mood, give hints about the character, sometimes it's symbolism..

basically I have no idea lol but these are my thoughts. :P
andthenwevomit 9th-Mar-2013 06:52 am (UTC)
lol, comment still appreciated though <3
mrsdracula 9th-Mar-2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
I am exactly like that. I also hate it when authors take detours in the middle of their stories that we could have lived without.
homicidalslayer 9th-Mar-2013 07:54 am (UTC)
Late to your rant, but description & analysis is kind of my wheelhouse:

1) Add in descriptors as they become relevant: Go one wall at a time, and prioritize; no1curr about carpet lint.
2) Vary the voices of the description: Describe basics (wall color, floor, lighting level) in the 3rd person passive voice (The room was blah, with blah walls and blah floors), bring in details (furniture/decor) as they fall in your character's gaze (see #1), and add some flavor to your writing by having them occasionally react to what they observe.

(Character#1 smiled fondly as his eyes fell upon the porcelain figurines that lined the polished expanse of the oak wood mantle that jutted out above the stone fireplace. The delicate little statues stirred forth memories of bedtime stories and games of make-believe from rainy afternoons indoors; their presence bringing a much-welcomed homey feeling to the otherwise somber cabin)

Or you could go the C.S. Lewis/J.R.R. Tolkein route and compensate for long-winded, tediously detailed accounts of your settings with a strong vocabulary (yet at the same time, not too verbose), well-developed story structure, and good dialogue. Drinking while you write descriptive passages could also help immensely with feeling too insecure about this tactic.

Edited at 2013-03-09 07:58 am (UTC)
andthenwevomit 9th-Mar-2013 08:05 am (UTC)
(All Andthenwevomit could do was stare at how elaborate the comment was. Despite frustrations, an unknown, yet very helpful user by the name of HomicidalSlayer had given a pretty good basis to what a descriptive sentence might look like. "Wow," Andthenwevomit sighed. "I'll never be able to write anything like that.." All that was left to do was bow to Illyria.)

Also, this thread has a white background with 3 shades of purple and blah... floors.
mistyraven 9th-Mar-2013 08:21 am (UTC)
That was beautiful tbh. I'd buy that book
andthenwevomit 9th-Mar-2013 08:24 am (UTC)
Thank you kindly for your charity, you shall be blessed all-throughout the week, amen
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