Potter fans rejoice! J.K. Rowling has hinted that more Harry Potter books could be coming. Talking to US television chat show host Oprah Winfrey, Rowling said that she cried uncontrollably when she finished the last book of the hit series, and revealed that a lot more is still in her head.
“I could definitely write an eighth, ninth, tenth,” the celebrated author told Winfrey during an interview held in Edinburgh, and to be aired on Friday.
I'm not going to say I won't. I don't think I will ... I feel I am done, but you never know. --J.K.Rowling
Will she write another one?
Rowling said on finishing Harry Potter’s last installment, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ she felt a certain sense of loss.
“It was a bereavement,” she said. “It was huge, although I knew it was coming. Initially I was elated, but then I cried like I haven't cried since my mother died.”
When she is so attached to it, why doesn’t she just go ahead and pen down another one for all of us? “I'm not going to say I won't. I don't think I will ... I feel I am done, but you never know,” she told Winfrey, leaving fans in an uncertain anticipation.
Rowling ‘needs’ to write
But as of now, Rowling said, she has moved on to a new phase of her writing, which is almost marked to be as essential as breathing for her. “I have to write for my own mental health. I need to write. I love it. I need to do it.”
Rowling was a single mother, struggling to make ends meet, and almost on the verge of becoming homeless, before her radical wizard series hit the market and filled her accounts, making her even richer than Queen Elizabeth II.
Turn of fate
Twelve publishers had turned down Harry Potter, before one finally agreed to put it to print. Even then someone warned Rowling, “You'll never make money selling children's books.”
But she sold over 400 million copies of the series worldwide, and earned a massive fanfare. But the author, who hardly gives interviews, says she was never prepared for all that. “I'm a writer. They're never going to want pictures of me on the beach in a bikini,” she told Oprah. “I was never prepared for it.”
And worries of her past life still grip her. Despite being more than comfortably wealthy, Rowling says, “I do still worry” about money."
Though life has been kind, Rowling admits she has a few regrets. One that her mother could not see her in all this glory, she died six months after Rowling started working on her first book. And second that she turned down Michael Jackson’s proposal of making a musical based on her books.