I spent the weekend reading "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" aloud to my husband and son and it was almost exactly 48 hours well-spent. We shared all the events as they unfolded, our theories about what would happen next, and too many tears. Now, some good news. In her "Today" show interview, author J.K. Rowling has said "she will most likely publish a Potter encyclopedia, promising many more details about her beloved characters and the fate of the wizarding world beyond the few clues provided in the seventh book's epilogue." Until then, she's revealed this much:
- Arthur Weasley was originally going to die in Order of the Phoenix and got a reprieve.
- Hogwarts has a new headmaster ("McGonagall was really getting on a bit").
- She can see Harry going back to Hogwarts to lecture on Defense Against the Dark Arts.
The interview airs Thursday morning, Friday morning, and Sunday evening on "Dateline."
Here's a roundup of recent related headlines:
> Potter takes the A train (New York Times)
> Some Potter fans find pages missing (AP/Forbes)
> Harry Potter's fate, known yet unknown (AP/Washington Post)
> Potter makes history as fastest-selling book (Reuters)
> Potter familias: Spawning a host of spinoffs (Washington Post)
> Life's magic as Daniel Radcliffe turns 18 (Reuters/CNN)
> If you simply must have more, see The Huffington Post's Impromptu Harry Potter Page.