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 08:59 am (UTC)
ok it's a stupid question, but can you do that? I'm not much of a reader, tbh, but I always figured you'd need some sort of description every once in a while, and I'm a little worried since I legit suck at anything like that
snggdsyreus 9th-Mar-2013 09:09 am (UTC)
You, as the author, are the God of your book. Maybe you'll start a new style or something. I'm sure you'd have to give SOME description if you're writing fiction, but you could definitely keep it concise and make it work.
andthenwevomit 9th-Mar-2013 09:13 am (UTC)
bookmarking this post for future references when I'm a billionaire creating a new style no one better steal this or I'll cut you all

(ty bb)
frenchoral 9th-Mar-2013 09:19 am (UTC)
Of course, you can do whatever you want! Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece is Blood Meridian and he decided he didn't want to use quotation marks at all in that book.

I think since you say you're good at dialogue you should definitely read a bit of Ernest Hemingway. His books are all about dialogue and what is and isn't said. I love this quote from him:

"If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of the iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water.”

So I guess in other words, don't feel like you absolutely HAVE to have loads of description if it's not something that comes naturally to you. I suppose this also depends a lot of the point of view you're writing in, but only include it if it's absolutely vital to the plot, if it implies something about your character noticing these descriptive objects, if you feel it adds something to the tone of that particular scene, etc. etc.

/sorry for the novel, I'm currently in the midst of writing one myself so I feel you. It's hard.
winegums 9th-Mar-2013 03:47 pm (UTC)
there's legit no real rules bb, a talented author can bend them all in pursuit of style. I mean, everyone says don't use run-on sentences, but Jose Saramago's sentences are fucking marathons and it still doesn't take away from his stories. They say don't use description, but look at L.M. Montgomery, she's the queen of describing everything, just does it with some humour and style.
mrsdracula 9th-Mar-2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
you should definitely pick up some books because you'll know what to do when you've seen what's possible.
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