Monday, July 30, 2007

Live Chat with J.K. Rowling

Okay, one last Harry Potter post.

SPOILER ALERT!

I'm currently watching Bloomsbury's live online "chat" with J.K. Rowling , author of the Harry Potter series. It's actually just a series of pre-submitted fan questions, answered one at a time, live, by Rowling. Here are a few revelations I found interesting (I'll be updating until I stop watching the chat page, or until my Net connection becomes too irritating):

  • Shortly after peace was returned due to Harry's victory, Umbridge was imprisoned for crimes against Muggle-borns. Yay!
  • Muggle-born wizards receive magic because they have at least one wizarding ancestor that their family has forgotten.
  • Hermione reunites with her parents. Yay!
  • Quirrell was teaching at Hogwarts for more than a year before his unlucky vacation, but he was NOT teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts back then. He was, in fact, the Muggle Studies professor. (We know now that he was probably replaced in that previous post by the late Charity Burbage.)
Update: Apparently I logged-on too late, and the last few questions were a bit...meh. I'll try to look for a complete copy of the answers (lazy programmer didn't even put a scrollbar on the chat page...)

Update: More interesting stuff found in this transcript here:

  • Before being "rather high up" at the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, Hermione worked at the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, doing more SPEW work, apparently.
  • Ron became George's new business partner. (Since Jo said in an interview that Ron was also an Auror, it's possible that what started out as the anti-dark arts sideline of Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes might have now been given a bit more focus.)
  • Ginny was a professional Quidditch player (for the Holyhead Harpies!), and a Quidditch journalist after retirement.
  • Luna married Rolf Scamander, grandson of the magizoologist Newt Scamander.
Update: Mugglenet has the complete transcript. Enjoy.