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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2003/06/18/npot18.xml&sSheet=/portal/2003/06/18/ixportal.html

I wept after killing Potter character, says J K Rowling
By Tom Leonard, Media Editor
(Filed: 18/06/2003)


J K Rowling was so upset after killing off one of the main characters in the latest Harry Potter book that she burst into tears.

She recounts how, after completing the final rewrite of the death, she wandered into her kitchen crying - to meet with total incomprehension from her husband.

Rowling, who has not disclosed the identity of the doomed character even to her husband, says she believes that children's authors have to be "ruthless killers".

However, in an interview with Jeremy Paxman on BBC Newsnight tomorrow, she says that she "dreads leaving Harry" when she writes the final book about the young wizard.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth and most heavily publicised instalment in the series, comes out at midnight on Friday.

Encouraged by record pre-release sales, the publishers predict that it will be the best-selling Potter adventure yet and have printed about 8.5 million copies.

The 766-page book took three years to produce, but Rowling denies that she suffered writer's block, as some reports have suggested. She says: "I had rewritten the death, rewritten it and that was it - it was definitive.

"I walked into the kitchen crying and Neil [her husband, Neil Murray, a GP] said to me: 'What on earth is wrong?' and I said, 'Well, I have just killed the person.'

"Neil doesn't know who the person is and he said: 'Well, don't do it then.' I thought, a doctor, you know . . . and I said: 'Well, it just doesn't work like that. You are writing children's books . . . you need to be a ruthless killer.' "

Paxman dispenses with his usual rottweiler approach for the interview, although he fails to conceal his bemusement at the level of publicity and secrecy surrounding the Potter books.

At one point he asks if Rowling thinks the "whole secrecy issue is a bit ridiculous".

"No, a lot of it comes from me," she says. "Of course, one could be cynical - and I am sure you would be disposed to be so - and say it was a marketing ploy. But I do not want the kids to know what's coming.

"That is part of the excitement of the story and, having sweated blood to create all my red herrings and lay all my clues . . . I was going to say this is my life; it is not my life, but it is a very important part of my life."

Rowling, who guards her private life fiercely, wrote the first Potter book while a single mother living on £70-a-week benefits in a tiny flat in Edinburgh.

Speaking about life after Potter, she says: "It is going to be very difficult to leave it. I do look forward to a post-Harry time in my life, because some of the things that go along with this are not that much fun.

"At the same time, I dread leaving Harry, because I have been working on it over what I sincerely hope will prove to have been the most turbulent part of my life - and that was the constant. I worked on it so hard for so long. Then it will be over and I think it is going to leave a massive gap."

Asked about speculation on how the series might end, she says: "There is one thing that, if anyone guessed, I would be really annoyed, as it is kind of the heart of it all. And it kind of explodes everything.

"No one has quite got there, but a couple of people have skirted it."

Asked about the time it took to write the latest book, she says: "Once and for all, for the record, I did not miss the deadline, because there was no deadline." Nor did she have writer's block, she insists.

"I just produced a quarter of a million words!"

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snow_lynx
Jun. 18th, 2003 10:19 am (UTC)
You two aren't alone in that!
I finished writing Rruk's 'farewell' letter this past September, saved it, printed it, and then went in, sat on the edge of my bed and burst into tears. Trot was very confused!

Rivertracer's death in my epic fantasy made me cry, too.

Keleigh's death in my historical fiction short story (based on "The Minstrel Boy") ruined me for hours.

We love our characters, good or evil :)
twilightfenix
Jun. 18th, 2003 10:40 am (UTC)
Re: You two aren't alone in that!
Makes you wonder if they are real themselves besides in our heads;)
snow_lynx
Jun. 18th, 2003 10:43 am (UTC)
Re: You two aren't alone in that!
There's a dimensional theory about that somewhere - that every one of our thoughts is creative - so when you do world creation and populate the world and etc., little by little, you create it, on some level of existence, and are it's Creator.

...kinda... makes one think of the Russian Doll theory. The doll inside a doll inside a doll thing. Heh. Too deep for me at the moment.
kangitanka3
Jun. 18th, 2003 11:13 am (UTC)
Re: You two aren't alone in that!
Yes, I've heard that one before. Very, very interesting!

If it's true, there's a city full of vampires shaking their fists at the sky and cursing me, though! *grin*

Love,
~~Kt3, On the Other Side of the Looking Glass~~
snow_lynx
Jun. 18th, 2003 11:20 am (UTC)
Re: You two aren't alone in that!
LOL! No wonder people curse the gods, then! Yeesh, if I'm Rruk's goddess, no wonder she stopped worshipping me!

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