J.K. Rowling, enough commenting on Harry Potter — it’s over!

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J.K. Rowling at White House Easter Egg Roll, 2010. Image courtesy Daniel Ogren, Wikimedia Commons.

J.K. Rowling at White House Easter Egg Roll, 2010. Image courtesy Daniel Ogren, Wikimedia Commons.

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J.K. Rowling changed her mind. Ron and Hermione shouldn’t have ended up together at all. If they did, she speculates, they would have needed some serious relationship counseling. “I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that,” Rowling told the […]

  • Except that she has said she is working on a spin off script for a new movie set in the Harry Potter world (but with different characters.) So while I agree with your basic sentament, I fear this is just the start of the changes and edits. ( http://www.entertainmentwise.com/news/140740/Daniel-Radcliffe-Emma-Watson-And-Rupert-Grint-To-Cameo-In-JK-Rowlings-Harry-Potter-Spin-off-Fantastic-Beasts )

    One of my favorite book, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game has been plagued with Card’s tinkering. The book started as a short story, then it was expanded to a full length book. There was a revised anniversary edition (which is what the audiobook is based on.) Then he started a whole new series based in the same world with the first book being told about the same basic events from a different character’s perspective. Then he added a new book to the Ender series which is takes place entirely between the last two chapters of the original Ender’s Game book. And then this year he released an audio play which was billed as a new edition that included some new characters and significant edits to plot points. That is in addition to the movie (which I haven’t seen yet) that is also significantly different.

    It is not that I am always opposed to changes. Some changes really are improvements. But many of the changes seem to be changes for change sake and do not actually improve the story. Many seem to make the story worse and muddle it up. I think authors have thought so much about their characters and world that it is hard for them to turn it off. And because they are the creator and ‘authority’ it is also hard for them to hear criticism from others about the changes.

    In Card’s case it seems clear that he either doesn’t listen to his editor or he doesn’t have an editor that tells him when story elements just don’t work.

  • Deane Stuart

    “Dumbledore is gay” – I suspect that this was a spur of the moment invention, roote boredom and irritation, made for the sheer joy and delight that the inevitably silly reaction would bring to her. Ok, maybe not, but that would have been the kind of thing I would have done, were I her.