As soon as readers of all ages finishedHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, a clamor arose as to when Harry Potter Book 7 would be published and how author J.K. Rowling would end the series. There were so many incorrect rumors about Harry Potter 6 before it was published that I decided to ignore the rumors and stick to the author's own words about Harry Potter Book 7.
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Dateline: July 10, 2007
Will There Be Another Harry Potter Book?In response to the Save Harry campaign spearheaded by those anxious for Harry to live and more books to be written, J.K. Rowling, who in the past had said this was it, the last Harry Potter book, stated, "never say never."
- "'I think that Harry's story comes to quite a clear end, sadly,' Rowling said."
"But I've always said that I wouldn't say never. I can't say I'll never write another book about that world just because I think, what do I know in 10 years time...? But I think it's unlikely." (ABC News Australia, July 10, 2007)
J.K. Rowling Makes A Plea For No SpoilersToday, in a diary entry on her Web site, J.K. Rowling expressed concern about people with knowledge about the plot of Harry Potter Book 7, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, revealing the information. She thanked the Harry Potter fansite The Leaky Cauldron for its April 28th editorial condemning spoilers. Rowling stated,
- "The Leaky Cauldron's early mission statement on spoilers (ie, don't, and we're not putting them up if you do) is deeply appreciated by yours truly. . . . I want the readers who have, in many instances, grown up with Harry, to embark on the last adventure they will share with him without knowing where they are they going."
J.K. Rowling Reveals Her Feelings on Completing Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsToday, in an extended diary entry on her Web site that begins with a quotation from Charles Dickens, J.K. Rowling shares her mixed emotions at having completed the manuscript for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the final book in her Harry Potter series. Rowling reveals, "I've never felt such a mixture of extreme emotions in my life, never dreamed I could feel simultaneously heartbroken and euphoric." Rowling goes on to reassure fans, "If it comes as any consolation, I think there will be plenty to continue arguing and speculating about even after 'Deathly Hallows' comes out." Rowling ends the diary entry by revealing that of all the Harry Potter books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is her favorite.
Dateline: February 1, 2007
We Now Know the Publication Date of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!On February 1, 2007, J.K. Rowling's American publisher, Scholastic, announced that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released at 12:01 a.m. on July 21, 2007. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be published by Scholastic in hardcover (ISBN: 0-545-01022-5), under the Arthur A. Levine imprint. The book will be illustrated by Mary GrandPré, the illustrator of previous six Harry Potter books. The deluxe edition (ISBN: 0-545-02937-6) and reinforced library edition (ISBN: 0-545-02936-8) will also be released at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, 2007. On February 1, 2007, J.K. Rowling confirmed this on her Web site and also announced the same publication date in the UK and "in other English speaking countries around the world."
Dateline: December 21, 2006
We Know Know the Title! It's Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsThe word is out! The title of Harry Potter Book 7 is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. According to BBC News and a number of other news sources, and confirmed by her U.S. publisher, Scholastic, the announcement was made on J.K. Rowling's Web site. If you missed it, here's why. According to Bloomberg.com, "The title of the seventh book in the series was revealed through a puzzle on the British writer's Web site, where visitors have to click on items to reveal a chamber and then guess the name of the book from the clues given." If you want to try it, see the Seattle Times article about it for some assistance.
We Don't Know the Publication Date YetIf there's a title, does that mean Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is almost done? In J.K. Rowling's December 19th online diary entry, the first entry in quite some time, the author states,
- "I am now writing scenes that have been planned, in some cases, for a dozen years or even more. I don't think anyone who has not been in a similar situation can possibly know how this feels: I am alternately elated and overwrought. I both want, and don't want, to finish this book (don't worry, I will)."
Dateline: October-November 2006
Is J.K. Rowling Making Any Progress on Harry Potter Book 7?In a November 28 article about Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince winning a Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books, Scotsman.com reported on the message J.K. Rowling sent that was read by her editor at the awards ceremony. In the message, Rowling stated, "I'm sorry I am unable to receive this award in person today, but I currently have my head down writing the final book, which is coming along nicely."
After reporting in September that she was trying to decide between two possible titles for Harry Potter 7, on October 31, J.K. Rowling reported on her Web site that, "I've now got a third title...Title three currently ahead by a nose,..."