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Great Time article on Rowling

July 19, 2005

Great four pager on Jo.  Some great quotes:

Here’s a look at the real Jo Rowling (rhymes with bowling, by the way,
not howling) at work five years ago on Harry Potter and the Goblet of
Fire: "Goblet–oh, my God. That was the period where I was chewing
Nicorette. And then I started smoking again, but I didn’t stop the
Nicorette. And I swear on my children’s lives, I was going to bed at
night and having palpitations and having to get up and drink some wine
to put myself into a sufficient stupor."

Harry and his friends are now 16, and it would just be weird if Harry
didn’t have more on his mind than wands and snitches. "Because of the
demands of the adventure that Harry is following, he has had less
sexual experience than boys of his age might have had," Rowling allows.
"But I really wanted my heroes to grow up. Ron’s hormones get fuller
play in book six." Cue the throaty alto laughter. "Basically it dawns
on Ron that Hermione’s had some action, Harry’s had some action and
he’s never got close!"

"I was trying to subvert the genre," Rowling explains bluntly. "Harry
goes off into this magical world, and is it any better than the world
he’s left? Only because he meets nicer people. Magic does not make his
world better significantly. The relationships make his world better.
Magic in many ways complicates his life."

"But, obviously, Dumbledore is not Jesus."

The kids who grew up on Harry Potter–you could call them Generation Hex–

Rowling still has book seven to worry about. She has already started
writing. "It will be a very different kind of book," she says, "because
I kind of cue up the shot at the end of six, and you’re left with a
very clear idea of what Harry’s going to do next."

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