Harry Potter fans unite! Join the other two best-selling authors John Irving and Stephen King who made pleas to fellow author J.K. Rowling not to kill Harry Potter in the 7th and final book of the ever-so-popular Harry Potter series.
Two of America’s top authors, John Irving and Stephen King, made a plea to J.K. Rowling on Tuesday not to kill the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter in the final book of the series, but Rowling made no promises.
“My fingers are crossed for Harry,” Irving said at a joint news conference before a charity reading by the three writers at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
A portion of the news story from CNN goes. Why would Rowling kill Harry Potter? The answer could be gleaned from the another portion of the story which goes:
“I feel quite liberated,” she said.
“I can resolve the story now and it’s fun in a way it wasn’t before because finally I’ve reached my resolution, and I think some people will loathe it and some people will love it, but that’s how it should be.”
“We’re working towards the end I always planned but a couple of characters I expected to survive have died and one character got a reprieve,” she said, declining to elaborate.
Asked about the wisdom of killing off fictional characters, Rowling said she didn’t enjoy killing the major character who died in book six — for the sake of those who haven’t read it yet she avoided naming the victim — but she said the conventions of the genre demanded the hero go on alone.
“I understand why an author would kill a character from the point of view of not allowing others to continue writing after the original author is dead,” she added, leaving the door open to the worst fears of some fans — that Harry could die.
Hmm…some valid points there. It all goes to prove that writers are some of the ‘weirdest’ or eccentric persons in the planet. I admit that I’ve read only 2 books in the Harry Potter series; ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ and the ‘Goblet of Fire’ and their corresponding film adaptations and I’m not a big Potter fan but I would certainly be saddened if Harry would indeed die in the last book. What about you? Would like Harry Potter or Hermione or even Ron to die in the last book?