J.K. Rowling attended the Independent Bath Literature Festival Friday night and, while there, was asked if she had any plans to write about the Marauders (James “Prongs” Potter, Sirius “Padfoot” Black, Remus “Moony” Lupin, and Peter “Wormtail” Pettigrew). Her response was, sadly, in the negative.
“I’m never going to say never but I have no current plans. I think prequels are not generally very successful,” she said.
During the festival, she answered many fans’ questions.
She said she had her first french kiss at a disco club when she was 12-years-old with someone who was much older than her.
She says she’s become adept at writing in the front seat of a car while her three kids and dog are with her.
She was very up front when asked about the more adult content in her latest novel, The Casual Vacancy, which the BBC are adapting for television.
“I have never ever sat down and thought… ‘now is the moment to write a book with a penis or with swearing in it’. This was a book I was burning to write… I draw on my own adolescence… and on my experience of adolescents as a teacher… I see adolescence as very fragile. When I watch my two young children, who are eight and 10, they will watch shows on Nickelodeon where teenagers are wholly false.”
She did speak a bit about the current book she’s writing, stating it’s more for the age group that is younger than that of the Potter books.
“It will be shorter. I’m very bad at estimating what sort of age group will like this… I think it might be for slightly younger children.”
She admitted that by the year 2000 she would never be able to write anything like the Potter books again. She spoke of some of the struggles she had when she first started writing the Potter books, stating she would put them away for up to two months at a time. Now she enjoys the solitude that writing provides her.
“One of my children said ‘if it was us or the books?’. I said ‘you, but I would be really grumpy’.”
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