Potter fans to Rowling: Save Harry

So I see that CNN is reporting that Harry Potter fans have started a petition to ask J.K. Rowling to keep writing about Harry Potter.

The “Save Harry!” petition calls on Rowling to reverse her decision to end the bestselling series with the seventh and final installment, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”

“Millions, perhaps billions of us, love reading his adventures and we never want them to end,” says the online petition, launched on Monday at www.saveharrypotter.co.uk.

After spending 17 years writing the books, Rowling said she was both “euphoric” and “devastated” that it’s finally over.

But in a television interview, she left fans with the tantalizing, if remote, possibility that she may one day return to the magical world of Hogwarts.

“I think that Harry’s story comes to quite a clear end in book seven,” she told the BBC at the weekend. “But I have always said that I wouldn’t say never.

“I can’t say I will never write another book about that world, just because I think: ‘What do I know, in 10 years’ time I might want to return to it.’ But I think it is unlikely.”

Even if she does write another book, it is unclear whether some of the main characters, including Harry, would play a part. Rowling said some characters will die in the last book, but wouldn’t say if the boy wizard is among them: “It’s not a bloodbath, but it’s more than two,” she said.

Much as I like the books there is something satisfying about seeing an end to the series. It is not that I cannot conceive of new stories or that I do not have an interest in them, it is just a matter of closure. There is something fulfilling about that as well as concern that the series not be tarnished by stretching a little bit too far.

Perhaps I’ll write more about this later.

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