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How did Neville get the Gryffindor sword, is there a link to the hat?
JKR: Yes, there is very definitely a link to the hat! Neville, most worthy Gryffindor, asked for help just as Harry did in the Chamber of secrets, and Gryffindor’s sword was transported into Gryffindor's old hat.

What happened to Percy did he return to his job at the ministry?
JKR: Yes, the new improved Percy ended up as a high-ranking official under Kingsley.

Will Azkaban still use dementors?
JKR: No, definitely not. Kingsley would see to that. The use of Dementors was always a mark of the underlying corruption of the Ministry, as Dumbledore constantly maintained.

Could you please describe the Hufflepuff common room as it is the only common room Harry hasn’t visited
JKR: The Hufflepuff common room is accessed through a portrait near the kitchens, as I am sure you have deduced. Sorry - I should say 'painting' rather than portrait, because it is a still-life.

If the wand chooses the wizard, then why do wands work when passed down from father to son eg Neville had his fathers wand.
JKR: As established by Ollivander, a wizard can use almost any wand, it is simply that a wand that chooses him/her will work best. Where there is a family connection, a wand will work a little better than a wand chosen at random.

How is George getting along without his twin?
JKR: Well, I don't think that George would ever get over losing Fred, which makes me feel so sad. However, he names his first child and son Fred, and he goes on to have a very successful career, helped by good old Ron.

Did Hagrid have to be able to see thestrals in order to train them if so, whose death did Hagrid witness?
JKR: Hagrid has seen many deaths in quite a long life, so yes, he can see Thestrals.

What did Dumbledore truly see in the mirror of erised?
JKR: He saw his family alive, whole and happy - Ariana, Percival and Kendra all returned to him, and Aberforth reconciled to him.

You promised that someone will do magic late in life in book 7. I've now read it three times but cant work out who it might have been! Please help!!
JKR: I'm sorry about this, but I changed my mind! My very earliest plan for the story involved somebody managing to get to Hogwarts when they had never done magic before, but I had changed my mind by the time I'd written the third book.

How did Voldemort get his wand back after he was in was exile?
JKR: Wormtail, desperate to curry favour, salvaged it from the place it had fallen and carried it to him. I admit that would have been a bit of a feat for a rat, but they are highly intelligent creatures!

Hiya, I’ve grown up with Harry and the gang, did any of the characters change in any unexpected ways as they grew up
JKR: They all became pretty much what I expected/planned them to become. Of course they changed as I wrote, but nobody surprised me very much!

How much does the fact that Voldemort was conceived under a love potion have to do with his nonability to understand love is it more symbolic
JKR: It was a symbolic way of showing that he came from a loveless union - but of course, everything would have changed if Merope had survived and raised him herself and loved him. The enchantment under which Tom Riddle fathered Voldemort is important because it shows coercion, and there can't be many more prejudicial ways to enter the world than as the result of such a union.

Do you think Snape is a hero?
JKR: Yes, I do; though a very flawed hero. An anti-hero, perhaps. He is not a particularly likeable man in many ways. He remains rather cruel, a bully, riddled with bitterness and insecurity - and yet he loved, and showed loyalty to that love and, ultimately, laid down his life because of it. That's pretty heroic!
[damn straight!]

Voldemort never told anyone about his horcruxes, so how on earth did Regulus black discover his secret?
JKR: Horcrux magic was not Voldemort's own invention; as is established in the story, other wizards had done it, though never gone as far as to make six.
Voldemort dropped oblique hints; in his arrogance, he did not believe anybody would be clever enough to understand them. (He does so in the graveyard of Little Hangleton, in front of Harry). He did this before Regulus and Regulus guessed, correctly, what it was that made Voldemort so convinced he could not die.

Did Lily ever have feelings back for Snape?
JKR: Yes. She might even have grown to love him romantically (she certainly loved him as a friend) if he had not loved Dark Magic so much, and been drawn to such loathsome people and acts.

Would you choose the hallow that is the cloak, like you’re supposed to, and would you be tempted to use the others?
JKR: My temptation would be Harry's, ie, the Stone. But I believe, as does Harry ultimately, that the greatest wisdom is in accepting that we must all die, and moving on.

So what happens to all the dementors where will they go will they be destroyed if so, how
JKR: You cannot destroy Dementors, though you can limit their numbers if you eradicate the conditions in which they multiply, ie, despair and degradation. As I've already said, though, the Ministry no longer used them to torment its opponents.

Why didn’t Fawkes come back to help Harry I would have thought that since Harry was so loyal to Dumbledore, Fawkes would have been Harry’s new pet.
JKR: Something had to leave the school for good when Dumbledore died, and I decided that would be Fawkes. Dumbledore was a very great and irreplacable man, and the loss of Fawkes (and the fact that he was 'non-transferable'!) expresses this symbolically

Why was Colin Creavey still a student at Hogwarts when he was muggleborn surely he would have been locked up and interrogated, not allowed back to school therefore, he shouldn’t have died.
JKR: Colin wasn't a student. He sneaked back with the rest of the DA, along with Fred, George and the rest. He ought not to have stayed behind when McGonagall told him to leave, but alas - he did.

How does Dumbledore understand parseltongue?
JKR: Dumbledore understood Mermish, Gobbledegook and Parseltongue. The man was brilliant.

Will Lockhart ever recover?
JKR: No. Nor would I want him to. He's happy where he is, and I'm happier without him!

Does the wizarding world now know that Snape was Dumbledore’s man, or do they still think he did a bunk?
JKR: Harry would ensure that Snape's heroism was known.
JKR: Of course, that would not stop Rita Skeeter writing 'Snape: Scoundrel or Saint?'

Is Teddy Lupin a werewolf
JKR: No, he's a Metamorphmagus like his mother.

We see socks a lot throughout the series, such as Dobby’s love for them and Dumbledore’s claim to see them in the mirror of erised, what’s the reason behind all the socks
JKR: Nothing deep and significant, I'm afraid. They're just a comedy item.

Whose murders did Voldemort use to create each of the horcruxes?
JKR: The diary - Moaning Myrtle. The cup - Hepzibah Smith, the previous owner. The locket - a Muggle tramp. Nagini - Bertha Jorkins (Voldemort could use a wand once he regained a rudimentary body, as long as the victim was subdued). The diadem - an Albanian peasant. The ring - Tom Riddle snr.

Why did Dumbledore want Ron to keep his deluminator?
JKR: Because he knew that Ron might need a little more guidance than the other two. Dumbledore understood Ron's importance in the trio. He wasn't the most skilled, or the most intelligent, but he held them together; his humor and his good heart were essential.

What was the third smell that Hermione smelt in the amortentia potion in hbp (ie the particular essence of Ron)?
JKR: I think it was his hair. Every individual has very distinctive-smelling hair, don't you find?

Are house divisions as prevalent in Harry’s children’s Hogwarts as in the previous generations?
JKR: Slytherin has become diluted. It is no longer the pureblood bastion it once was. Nevertheless, its dark reputation lingers, hence Albus Potter's fears.

Lily detested mulciber,avery if Snape really loved her, why didn’t he sacrifice their company for her sake?
JKR: Well, that is Snape's tragedy. Given his time over again he would not have become a Death Eater, but like many insecure, vulnerable people (like Wormtail) he craved membership of something big and powerful, something impressive. He wanted Lily and he wanted Mulciber too. He never really understood Lily's aversion; he was so blinded by his attraction to the dark side he thought she would find him impressive if he became a real Death Eater.

What does it mean to be the master of death?
JKR: As Dumbledore explains, the real master of Death accepts that he must die, and that there are much worse things in the world of the living. It is not about striving for immortality, but about accepting mortality.

I was very disappointed to see Harry use crucio and seem to enjoy it his failure to perform that kind of curse in the past has been a credit to his character why the change, and did Harry later regret having enjoyed deliberately causing pain.
JKR: Harry is not, and never has been, a saint. Like Snape, he is flawed and mortal.Harry's faults are primarily anger and occasional arrogance. On this occasion, he is very angry and acts accordingly. He is also in an extreme situation, and attempting to defend somebody very good against a violent and murderous opponent.

What do you think is the funniest moment you have written in the series
JKR: It sounds very vain to answer this! My favourite in this book is probably that line of Ron's 'really captures the scope and tragedy of the thing, doesn't it?'

What child did harry give the marauders map to if any
JKR: I've got a feeling he didn't give it to any of them, but that James sneaked it out of his father's desk one day.

What did Petunia wanted to say to Harry at the end of the Dursley’s departing?
JKR: I think that for one moment she trembled on the verge of wishing Harry luck; that she almost acknowledged that her loathing of his world, and of him, was born out of jealousy. But she couldn't do it; years of pretending that 'normal' was best had hardened her too much.

Leaky Cauldron: Please pose and answer the question you'd most like to address about the series!
JKR: Oooo, you're tough. I must admit, I always wondered why nobody ever asked me what Dumbledore's wand was made of! And I couldn't say that, even when asked 'what do you wish you'd been asked...' because it would have sign-posted just how significant that wand would become!

Is auntie Muriel’s tiara important?
JKR: No, sorry... except to illustrate what an old bat she is.

Can Harry speak parseltongue when he is no longer a horcrux?
JKR: No, he loses the ability, and is very glad to do so.

How did Sirius two-way mirror end up with Aberforth or is it another two-way mirror?
JKR: You see Aberforth meeting Mundungus in Hogsmeade. That was the occasion on which Dung, who had taken Sirius's mirror from Grimmauld Place, sold it to Aberforth.

If Moody got a magic eye, and Wormtail got a magic hand, couldn't there be some way to form a magical ear, if only to cover up the hole and make George look more symmetrical?
JKR: Yes, he could wear a false ear (I'm starting to giggle at the thought. Perhaps he's better off with the hole!)

What is Dumbledore’s boggart?
JKR: The corpse of his sister.

What is toadface umbridge doing now?
JKR: Glad to see you like her as much as I do! She was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned for crimes against Muggleborns.

Do the muggles notice that there aren’t any weird things going on now that voldemorts gone?
JKR: Yes, the world seems a much sunnier place (literally - with the Dementors gone the weather gets better!) We are having a heavily Dementor-influenced summer here in the UK.

How exactly do muggleborns receive magical ability?
JKR: Muggle-borns will have a witch or wizard somewhere on their family tree, in some cases many, many generations back. The gene re-surfaces in some unexpected places.

Is Rita Skeeter still reporting?
JKR: Naturally, what could stop Rita? I imagine she immediately dashed off a biography of Harry after he defeated Voldemort. One quarter truth to three quarters rubbish.

Was Hermione able to find her parents and undo the memory damage
JKR: Yes, she brought them home straight away.

Was Minerva in love with Albus?
JKR: No! Not everybody falls in love with everybody else.

How come no one seemed to know that Lily and Snape were friends in school they were obviously meeting for chats, etc didn’t James know their past?
JKR: Yes, it was known that they were friendly and then stopped being friends. Nothing more than that would be widely known. James always suspected Snape harbored deeper feelings for Lily, which was a factor in James' behavior to Snape.

Will the chuddley cannons ever win the quidditch world cup?
JKR: Bless them, perhaps. But they'd need to replace the entire team and down several cauldrons of Felix Felicitas.

Why did Regulus have a change of heart?
JKR: He was not prepared for the reality of life as a Death Eater. It was Voldemort's attempted murder of Kreacher that really turned him.


JKR: Scorpius has a lot going against him, not least that name. However, I think Scorpius would be an improvement on his father, whom misfortune has sobered!

Is Scorpius as misguided as his father, or has Draco improved and taught his child(ren) better.
JKR: Sorry, technical hitch - just answered a question before seeing it! I am clearly getting better at Legilimency.

Did Draco and Harry lose their animosity towards each other when Voldemort died?
JKR: Not really. There would be a kind of rapprochement, in that Harry knows Draco hated being a Death Eater, and would not have killed Dumbledore; similarly, Draco would feel a grudging gratitude towards Harry for saving his life. Real friendship would be out of the question, though. Too much had happened prior to the final battle.

Will the stone ever be found, since it was left just sitting on the forest floor
JKR: I think not. I imagine that it was squashed into the ground by a centaur's hoof as the centaurs dashed to the aid of the Hogwarts fighters, and thereafter became buried.

What ever happened to Aberforth?
JKR: He is still there, at the Hog's Head, playing with his goats.
[Aberforth + goat = OTP just saying.]

Is Narcissa Malfoy really a death eater?
JKR: No, she never had the Dark Mark and was never a fully paid-up member. However, her views were identical to those of her husband until Voldemort planned the death of her son.

Did Mr. Weasley ever get around to fixing Sirius motorbike?
JKR: Of course, and it ended up in Harry's possession.

Do you think dumbledore was a little more fond of ron than either ron or harry believed
JKR: Yes, I do. Through Harry's account of Ron, and from reports of the professors who taught Ron, Dumbledore understood Ron better than Ron ever knew, and liked him, too.

Was Firenze ever welcomed back into the herd?
JKR: Yes, the rest of the herd was forced to acknowledge that Firenze's pro-human leanings were not shameful, but honorable.

Since Voldemort was afraid of death, did he choose to be a ghost if so where does he haunt or is this not possible due to his horcruxes?
JKR: No, he is not a ghost. He is forced to exist in the stunted form we witnessed in King's Cross.

Why did you feel that Hedwig’s death was necessary?
JKR: The loss of Hedwig represented a loss of innocence and security. She has been almost like a cuddly toy to Harry at times. Voldemort killing her marked the end of childhood. I'm sorry... I know that death upset a LOT of people!

Will we see Harry and his friends having their own history on chocolate frogs cards?
JKR: Definitely, and Ron will describe this as his finest hour.

Was Snape the only death eater who could produce a full patronus?
JKR: Yes, because a Patronus is used against things that the Death Eaters generally generate, or fight alongside. They would not need Patronuses.

Have you had another alternatives as book title apart from Deathly Hallows?
JKR: The two other possibilities were 'the Elder Wand' (used instead as a chapter title) and 'the Peverell Quest', which I decided against quite quickly. I think the word 'Quest' is a bit corny!

What would your patronus be?
JKR: I'd like an otter, like Hermione, but I've got a feeling it might be a large dog.

Why is it that Voldemort is unaware that the gaunt ring is a hallow, when he has worn it?
JKR: Wearing the ring would not make the stone work. The stone existed outside the ring originally, and to use it you had to turn it three times in your hand.

Does the dark mark remain on those that Voldemort has branded after his death or does the tattoo disappear now he is gone?
JKR: The Dark Mark would fade to a scar, not dissimilar to the lightning scar on Harry's forehead. These scars would no longer burn or hurt.

How is the Quibbler doing these days?
JKR: Pretty well, actually. It has returned to its usual condition of advanced lunacy, and is appreciated for its unintentional humour.

Did Bellatrix ever love her husband, or did she have love only for Boldemort?
JKR: She took a pureblood husband, because that was what was expected of her, but her true love was always Voldemort.

Did Voldemort ever love a girl?
JKR: No, he loved only power, and himself. He valued people whom he could use to advance his own objectives.

What would your wand be made of?
JKR: I'd like Harry's wand - holly and phoenix feather.

Did the da keep the coins?
JKR: Naturally. They would be like badges or medals of honour - proof that the owner had been at the heart of the fight against Voldemort from the start! I like to imagine Neville showing his to his admiring pupils.

How did Snape get into Grimmauld place to get the second half of the letter?
JKR: Snape entered the house immediately after Dumbledore's death, before Moody put up the spells against him.

Why is the scar on Harry’s forehead lightning shaped?
JKR: To be honest, because it's a cool shape. I couldn't have my hero sport a doughnut-shaped scar.
Why was Kings Cross the place Harry went to when he died?
JKR: For many reasons. The name works rather well, and it has been established in the books as the gateway between two worlds, and Harry would associate it with moving on between two worlds (don't forget that it is Harry's image we see, not necessarily what is really there.)

What muggle song do you imagine would be played at Dumbledore’s funeral?
JKR: I like this question, so I'll take it for my last. Surely 'I did it my way' by Frank Sinatra.


J.K. Rowling: I'm very aware I haven't answered everything... keep an eye on my website, and I'll try and answer some more questions in due course!
That's it... I'm Disapparating. Bye! Thanks very much everybody, I've had a great time, and I hope I've covered some of the outstanding questions (I hear a distant roar of 'YOU DIDN'T GET TO MINE!')

The person who posted this deleted the questions to which the answers were obvious. And they came a little late into the conversation (18 minutes to be exact).


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Jul. 30th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
that's cool and all, but couldn't she say more about George than Ron helps him with a "successful career"?? What about Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes?

Also, I'm confused about timing, because I thought Tom Riddle killed his father before he asked Slughorn about Horcruxes. Had he already made that first horcrux (the ring) before he asked?
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