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Commentary: Eighth ‘Harry Potter’ novel rumored, prolonged story wanted

September 12, 2013

Sayre.128@osu.edu
Emma Watson, left, Rupert Grint, middle, and Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.’ Rumors have circulated about J.K. Rowling writing an eighth ‘Harry Potter’ book. Credit: Courtesy of MCT

Emma Watson, left, Rupert Grint, middle, and Daniel Radcliffe in ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.’ Rumors have circulated about J.K. Rowling writing an eighth ‘Harry Potter’ book.
Credit: Courtesy of MCT

I felt like my heart was going to stop. Is it true? Is J.K. Rowling writing an eighth Harry Potter book?

It was the series that made me cry because I didn’t get an acceptance letter to Hogwarts. It was the series that made me believe in love, loyalty and friendship. It was the series that gave me a reason to pre-order a book, stand in line at Walmart and read until my eyes couldn’t stay open any longer.

Is the magical story of my childhood really returning to me?

No.

Rumors of a new Harry Potter book swirled around the Internet starting this year in March and once identified as a hoax, ruined the dreams of readers everywhere.

An alleged quote from Rowling stated she was “75 percent done” with the novel and decided to return to the wizarding world after her previous novel, “The Casual Vacancy,” was a bust.

Apparently this was an excessively cruel April Fools joke on the world.

But, initially, my mind was filled of potential storylines.

Would we finally learn all the secrets of Albus Dumbledore’s youth? About his brother, Aberforth and the death of their sister, Ariana? Not only the tragedies his family was put though, but also his accomplishments. Or maybe uncover the power struggle and defeat of Gellert Grindelwald, the discovery of the 12 uses of dragon’s blood and not to mention his work with Nicolas Flamel (the Sorcerer’s Stone, anyone?). We learned so much about Albus Dumbledore after he died — just imagine hearing the story in first person.

Or Rowling could go in a different direction and focus on Harry’s parents. This could follow the mischief of the ultimate marauders, Padfoot, Prongs, Moony and Wormtail. If readers thought Harry, Ron and Hermione were meddlers, imagine creating the Maurader’s Map with a werewolf.

Not to mention after the seventh novel, when everyone realized Severus Snape was a hero. So we could probably learn more about his (love) story with Lily and the gang.

Another option could take place where the Deathly Hollows epilogue ended. It could feature the adult-life of the trio and their impact on the Ministry of Magic in the Auror department. It’s like Defense Against the Dark Arts class every single day!

We could see what the James, Albus and Lily Potter are up to. Have they burnt down Hogwarts with the Weasley children, Rose and Hugo? Have they attempted duels with Draco’s son, Scorpius? Who else is falling in love besides Teddy Lupin and Victoire Weasley? The next generation of Hogwarts would certainly be worth a read.

I’m sure I’m not the only one begging for answers. So, Rowling, I’m talking to you. I’m asking you to prolong the story of my childhood. Write another book. Maybe two. I’ll still be here, patiently waiting.

In the meantime, I’ll just book my flight to Florida to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and relive my dreams there.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Well, this is awkward.

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