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Flaming Toad on a Stick
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Rivka asked me to make a seperate thread for this question in the HP spoilers thread. So you can blame her for another Harry Potter thread. [Evil]

Question: The HP series is over. If Rowling were to write another book/series, would you prefer:

1: A book centering around other charcters in the HP universe that:
a) Knew Harry and/or played a central role in the HP heptalogy.
b) Played very minor roles in the Harry potter books.
c) Have nothing or little to do with HP, and take place in the same universe but in a different time a/o place.

2: A fantasy book/series centered in a completely new universe completely seperate from the HP series.

3: Non fantasy.

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Flaming Toad on a Stick
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As for My opinion, I'd like option 1c).
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Christine
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As a writer, I know that the best thing for her to do would be to write something she can get excited about. There will probably be a lot of pressure on her to write more HP-related stuff and I hope she only does that if she's inspired to do so or I think we will all be disappointed in the result.

I am itching for a bit more of the Potterverse, but I think that mostly has to do with the unsatisfying resolution and epilogue that explained so very little of the aftermath of that world-altering battle. The thing is, I'm not sure if that needs another book nearly so much as another chapter. [Smile]

I don't think she could do another story in the Potterverse with Harry's friends....this was Harry's story and the rest, while a great supporting cast, would not have engaging stories on their own. If another dark lord appears in the near future, it seems certain that Harry would be in the thick of it because he's that kind of person, however much he says he's had enough of adventure. He'd never sit idly by and let another Voldemort come forward -- so anything else that happens in his lifetime will involve him.

It is possible that a story could be set in the distant future, with Harry almost like the new Dumbledore and a new young wizard struggling through but we've already read that story, haven't we? There's no reason for history to repeat itself.

Some have suggested prequels, but they would pale in comparison to this series especially since we essentially know what happened already.

I guess after much rambling I have to say that I'd prefer she does something else. This world has told its story.

So 2 or 3. Couldn't care less if it's fantasy or not.

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I could see her writing picture books for little kids as a new career. Or adult murder mysteries.

Don't know why, though, just that she'd need to break away from what came before.

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1a, or nothing at all.
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Door number two.
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quote:
Originally posted by Christine:
As a writer, I know that the best thing for her to do would be to write something she can get excited about. There will probably be a lot of pressure on her to write more HP-related stuff and I hope she only does that if she's inspired to do so or I think we will all be disappointed in the result.

I am itching for a bit more of the Potterverse, but I think that mostly has to do with the unsatisfying resolution and epilogue that explained so very little of the aftermath of that world-altering battle. The thing is, I'm not sure if that needs another book nearly so much as another chapter. [Smile]

Agreed. However . . . I still vote for 1a and/or 1b, IF she wants to write them, not if she "has to." (Then again, she just showed us that "has to" doesn't always mean "has to." [Wink]

If not, then choice 2.

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quote:
I am itching for a bit more of the Potterverse, but I think that mostly has to do with the unsatisfying resolution and epilogue that explained so very little of the aftermath of that world-altering battle. The thing is, I'm not sure if that needs another book nearly so much as another chapter.
You can read mine, if you want. (My another chapter, that is)

*grin*

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James Tiberius Kirk
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If her next work isn't not Harry Potter related, I wonder if it'll be published under a pseudonym

--j_k

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Maybe it already has been!

Quick, what new authors (first published within the past five years or so) might really be her?

[Wink]

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TL
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2.

James, why on earth would it be? She's a writer. Writers write different things all the time. She has immense name-recognition. Stephen King, after his first huge success, didn't suddenly change to a ps

Stephen King might be a bad example. The point is, why should it be?

Anyway --

2.

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Nighthawk
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She can finally start on that Star Wars book she's always wanted to do.
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Goody Scrivener
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Yeah, King's definitely a bad example, I can think of two alts he used.

I'd rather it have nothing to do with Harry Potter. Maybe even non-magical at all. But whatever it is, I want it to be a story she'll enjoy telling, rather than writing because she's under contract.

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I'd want anything in the one category. Frankly I'd love another heptology that covered maybe three of four years when his parents were at school and then three or four years of Voldemort's first rise to power, and have it end maybe when Harry is two or three.

Either that or a story that takes place in the time frame of the epilogue after DH.

Or something totally new in the Potterverse with characters we have never seen or heard of before. But I definetely have not had my fill of that universe yet, and I can't imagine anyone else capturing it as well as her.

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Well, my top choice would be different (maybe it falls under #3?), but it wouldn't really count as a book because it would be a Harry Potter encyclopedia or something that deals with all of the information she hasn't put in the series. I don't ever want to see another Harry Potter book, but I would like more information.

As for actual "novel", I would enjoy #2, or #3, or just something different from what Rowling has written so far. Of course Harry Potter is what she'll be known for forever, but I want to know if I enjoy her writing style, or her characterization, or just the milieu of Harry Potter? Right now I have no clue!

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personally, I'd prefer 1c or 2. The general setting definitely seems to have plenty of potential left in it, but I think that the characters themselves have pretty much had their stories told.


If she did decide to go with a 1cish approach, and wanted to keep it linked to the current series, there are two stories I'd most like to see. For one thing, I'd love to see something set around the founding of Hogwarts. It would definitely be interesting to see a lot more about how its traditions and quirks developed, as well as to see what predated it. I'd also like to know more about the early history of Dumbledore, or at least something around that time period.

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1c in a different time period. Tell a story about Merlin, or about some other super powerful dark wizard. Or about...Voldemort's son! Uhh...no, not that last one. But I think a story in HP universe about Merlin (who was mentioned a bunch of times in the series) vs. some very famous dark wizard would be an awesome story.

But not 1a or 1b. Unless it's takes place during or after the epilogue. I don't care about the time period that these books covered any more.

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I was just talking about this with a friend, I admitted that I'd really like to see any of those but I'm particularly curious how she'd do 3 - straight fiction.
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She's already said that she wouldn't be writing under a pseudonym:
[paraphrase] What would be the point? The secret would be out before the book was published. [/paraphrase]
A typical hyper-bestselling novel would sell in the low million range. A publishing house "leak" of Rowling's authorship would guarantee sales of an extra 50million+ copies. Or so publishing house employees would think.

And she's already said that the only Potter project that she is considering (at present) is a Potterverse encyclopedia written for charity, ala Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and Quidditch Through the Ages .

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4) I'd like to see non-fiction.
Zero to a Billion in under Seven Books has gotta be an interesting tale full of amusing annecdotes.

The first 6 books contained 885,943 words in the UK editions, which comes to $1,128.74 per word.

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Harry potter is done with. It had a good run, of a considerable length, and it kept the subject matter fresh for seven books and almost a million words. She knows not to stretch it out too far.

While she knows she isn't looking to continue immediately with more books, there's always the option of contributing with short stories and additions, a la Young Zaphod Plays it Safe.

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Whatever she wants. I completely trust her - whatever she writes next will be appropriate and passionate and brilliant.
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I wish she'd hurry up and write the sequel to Lovelock.
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Oh come on, everyone knows the next story will be titled, "Harry's Shadow," the thrilling adventure of the lesser known character, Legume, and his adventures in Dumbledore's Army.
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I doubt it will happen (other than in the fan fiction world) but I would love to read the story of Neville Longbottom and the DA during the time period covered by this book. I don't think we got nearly enough details of this.

Other than that, I'll try out whatever Rowling writes next, HP related or otherwise.

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1 a, b or c. With cameos from other HP figures, especially the Big 3.
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quote:
The first 6 books contained 885,943 words in the UK editions, which comes to $1,128.74 per word.
Holey. freakin.' crumpets.
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I want 1c, especially a story about...

the founding fathers of Hogwarts. (1st choice)

A world war between the wizards and muggles. (curious to see who would win)

Grindelwald as the arch nemesis.

BTW, I really like the merlin idea!

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It's happening.
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TL
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What's happening?
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breyerchic04
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More is being published.
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TL
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Where has that been announced?
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http://www.hatrack.com/cgi-bin/ubbmain/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=2;t=049415;p=0&r=nfx
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TL
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It was announced on hatrack? Wow. Fancy that. [Smile]
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I didn't want to click on the link again, it made my popup blocker mad.
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