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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3 Comments

  1. Jack's Shack July 12, 2007 at 5:01 am

    Benning,

    I was sad when the LOR ended, but that is just how it goes.

    Leaf,

    That is a good idea.

  2. leaf July 11, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    I am with you Jack. It is time for this series to end. I have really enjoyed the books I have read and the movies are pretty good too. But, there is something comforting in finality.

    If Rowling tries to stay in the world of Harry Potter, I hope she decides to take a path similar to what Card did with Enders game. He created a parallel series featuring a minor character and then made that into a great series all its own. With all the students at Hogwarts JK could easily find more material inside of her magical world.

  3. benning July 11, 2007 at 8:46 am

    The Lord Of The Rings ended, though Tolkien fans wish it hadn’t. Potter will end and many of us will wish there were more chapters till to come.

    But we’ll move on and find another series to dive into. Readers always do!

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