Will JK Rowling Return to the Harry Potter Universe?

Lyn Francisco —  September 27, 2012 — 5 Comments

JK RowlingWill author JK Rowling return to the Harry Potter universe? Rowling, who just released her first book for adults, The Casual Vacancy, has not ruled out a return; however, she said in interviews that Harry’s story is over.

So what could she possibly write about? According to the BBC, Rowling admitted, “I’ve got to have a great idea. I don’t want to go mechanically into that world and pick up odds and ends and glue them together.

“It would make a mockery of what those books mean to me.”

She also admitted she would like to remake her own version of two of the later Potter films because she felt they were “rushed”.

She said, “There were a couple of the Potters and I definitely knew that they needed another year.

“I had to write on the run and there were times when it was really tough.

“I read them, and I think ‘Oh maybe I’ll go back and do a director’s cut’, I don’t know.”

If JKR were to write another book in the Potter universe, would you buy it? What would you like her to write about?

I would love to read a story that is set outside of Harry’s timeline, either in the past or the future. I would find a book about Hogwarts’ founding to be fascinating. Did the founders (Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, Salazar Slytherin) ever get along? What caused Slytherin to leave (and mark Slytherin’s future students as “the bad guys” in future generations)?

With regards to JKR’s possible film remakes or “Director’s Cuts”, which films do you think she’d redo if she had the chance? What would you like to see from her if such a “Director’s Cut” were to be made?

Let’s have a discussion about this by leaving comments below.

Lyn Francisco


I am a chemist by training and education, having completed a Ph.D. in Natural Products Chemistry in 2000 at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA. I was a Ruth Kirschstein NRSA post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I've been out of the chemistry field since 2007 and have been working as a church organist ever since then. I also serve as copy-editor for SQPN.com.

5 responses to Will JK Rowling Return to the Harry Potter Universe?

  1. My initial thoughts…

    JKR has written and is writing quite a bit of great background/backstory info for Pottermore. I find that the best part of the program/game. That could be compiled and published. I’m not sure how much exposure this info is getting in Pottermore. This info along with Potter encyclopedia type info would be interesting to Potter fans.

    I would be very interested in director’s cuts editions that included scenes from the books that were filmed, but not included in the theater release. I wouldn’t want to see “re-makes” of the films. They are what they are.

    Having read The Hobbit after seeing/reading The Lord of the Rings, I think JKR writing a prequel to The Harry Potter years is an interesting idea. And I would buy/read it.

    My question to blog readers: Have any of you read her latest book “The Casual Vacancy?” If so, your impressions?

    • Just finished it. It seems to me like Rowling set out to make as un-Potterish a book as possible, and that’s what this is. Morose, vulgar, unimaginative, every character hopelessly flawed… It’s an interesting story of how one man’s death just lights a bunch of powder kegs, but what a depressing view of life and humanity.

  2. While I would have liked the ending of Deathly Hallows Pt 2 to more closely resemble the book, as the previous poster stated, they are what they are. I’d rather Half Blood Prince be completely redone so that it actually resembles the book, but then, if they made that one correctly, they’d have to change the next two because the silliness of 6 wouldn’t ruin 7.1 and 7.2. Really? They had to make Harry hear/feel the Horcruxes? What nonsense. And Voldemort turning into ash? Wrong.

    I agree that a prequel, the story of the 4 founders would be interesting. I would definitely read it. I’d like the encyclopaedia more than anything. I’m leery of any more Potter books though, because I’m afraid something might be ruined. They were magical as they were/are, I’m not sure we really need more.

    I have read The Casual Vacancy, and while it wasn’t what I was expecting, I enjoyed it. Rowling is fantastic at creating characters and locations in a few sentences, there are a lot of characters in this book and it was easy to keep them straight because she is so descriptive. The story was far grittier than the Potter books, but very much what some parts of the real world are. I read it in just a couple of evenings, it’s 503 pages, but it went so quickly, it was easy to do. I will definitely read her next book too, whatever it is.

  3. Though it wouldn’t be a true novel (more like individual snippets), I’d like to read some of the aftermath of the Battle of Hogwarts. I’d like to see the trial of the Malfoys, how Harry would testify. The trial of Umbridge. I’d like to see what Harry’s return to Privet Drive was like (I’m assuming he went back to at least get some stuff). I’d like to see the train ride back to King’s Cross. Just some loose ends I’d like to know about.

  4. I’m late with my follow-up. I purchased a copy of The Casual Vacancy. It was the first book I ever returned for a refund because I just didn’t want to finish it. I was expecting an adult book. But, the images she painted in the first chapter or two left me NOT wanting to read anymore. I didn’t even get through chapter 2. And, I decided I had better things to read with my time. Michael, I think your descriptions pretty much sums it up. I was very disappointed. I wonder if it would have been a best seller if she published it under a pen name or it had been published by an unknown author.

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