My apologies in advance to those people who have no interest in the ‘Harry Potter’ stories, but I do love a good mystery, and J.K. Rowling is a cracking good author. For those who do have an interest, Accio Quotes has a handy way to check all sorts of things, and from there I present the following list of quotes which are relevant to the upcoming ’Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’, the last book in the series which is going to be available July 21.
“Key things happen in Book Two [“Chamber of Secrets”]. No one knows how important those things are … yet.”
- Interview with IGN.com, 2002
“Harry was very well protected until the end of Book Four [“Goblet of Fire”], which is the end of an era for him.”
- Interview with CBC Hot Type, 2000
“The fourth [“Goblet of Fire”] is a very, very important book. Well you know because you read it, something incredibly important happens in book four and also it's literally a central book, it's almost the heart of the series, and it's pivotal. It's very difficult to talk about and I can't wait for the day someone's read all seven and I can talk completely freely about it. But it's a very, very important book.”
- - Interview with cBBC Newsround, 2000
“MA: Does the gleam of triumph [at the end of “Goblet of Fire”] still have yet to make an appearance?
JKR: That's still enormously significant. And let's face it, I haven’t told you that much is enormously significant, so you can let your imaginations run free there.”
- Interview with the Leaky Cauldron, 2005
“David Moulds for the News of the World - How does Aunt Petunia know about dementors and all the other magical facts she knows?
JK Rowling: Another very good question. She overheard a conversation, that is all I am going to say. She overheard conversation. The answer is in the beginning of Phoenix, she said she overheard Lily being told about them basically.
Is that true?
JK Rowling: Yes. The reason I am hesitant is because there is more to it than that. As I think you suspect. Correctly, but I don't want to say what else there is because it relates to book 7.”
- Interview with ITV, 2005
“Peter: ... and I was wondering, are we going to learn a lot about Harry's mother?
Lydon: Will we?
JKR: yeah, you will. Erm - it's - errr - yet again kind of the - in - you won't find out ... OK, in book three, you're absolutely right, you find out a lot about Harry's father. Now, the - the important thing about Harry's mother - the really, really significant thing - you're going to find out in two - in two parts. You'll find out a lot more about her in book five, or you'll find out something very significant about her in book five, and you'll find out something incredibly important about her in book seven. But I can't tell you what those things are, so I'm sorry, but they - yes, you will find out more about her, because they're - both of them are very important in what Harry ends up having to do.”
- Interview on WBUR radio, 1999
[the question everyone should be asking, according to Rowling] “Why did Dumbledore have James’ invisibility cloak at the time of James’ death, given that Dumbledore could make himself invisible without a cloak?”
- “NAQ” from Rowling’s website, 2004
“There are two questions that I have never been asked but that I should have been asked, if you know what I mean. If you want to speculate on anything, you should speculate on these two things, which will point you in the right direction. The first question that I have never been asked—it has probably been asked in a chatroom but no one has ever asked me—is, “Why didn’t Voldemort die?” Not, “Why did Harry live?” but, “Why didn’t Voldemort die?” The killing curse rebounded, so he should have died. Why didn’t he? At the end of Goblet of Fire he says that one or more of the steps that he took enabled him to survive. You should be wondering what he did to make sure that he did not die—I will put it that way. I don’t think that it is guessable. It may be—someone could guess it—but you should be asking yourself that question, particularly now that you know about the prophesy. I’d better stop there or I will really incriminate myself. The other question that I am surprised no one has asked me since Phoenix came out—I thought that people would—is why Dumbledore did not kill or try to kill Voldemort in the scene in the ministry. I know that I am giving a lot away to people who have not read the book. Although Dumbledore gives a kind of reason to Voldemort, it is not the real reason.”
- Interview at Edinburgh Book Festival, 2004
[Not really related to the story, but it caught my eye!]
“I have a very violent rabbit”
- Interview with Scholastic Chat, 2000
“What did the Potter parents do for a living before Voldemort killed them?
A. I'm sorry to keep saying this, but I can't tell you because it's important to a later plot. But you will find out later! ”
- Interview with Scholastic Chat, 2000
[about whether the Lestranges were sent after Neville to kill him]
“No, they weren’t, they were very definitely sent after Neville’s parents. I can’t say too much about this because it touches too closely on the prophecy and how many people knew about it, but the Lestranges were not in on the secret.”
- From Rowling’s website, 2004
“I keep killing all my favourite members of the Order of the Phoenix, but there is one member of the Order of the Phoenix that you have not yet met properly and you will ¬¬ well, you know that they are a member, but you haven't really met them properly yet and you will meet them in seven, so I am looking forward to that.”
- Interview with ITV, 2005
“Have any of the Hogwarts professors had spouses?
JKR: Good question - yes, a few of them, but that information is sort of restricted - you'll find out why…”
- Interview, BBC Red Nose Day chat, 2001
“JKR: No, it's just studying. The Department of Mysteries is all about studying. They study the mind, the universe, death…
MA: Are we going back to that room, that locked room?
JKR: No comment.”
- Interview from Leaky Cauldron, 2005
“The final chapter is hidden away, although it has now changed very slightly. One character got a reprieve, but I have to say two die that I didn't intend to die ...”
- Interview with R&J, 2006
[about how readers will respond to the final book] “ I think some people will loathe it, some will love it, but that's the way it should be.”
- Press Conference at Radio City, 2006
“ Yes, I do know what's going to happen in the end. And occasionally, I get cold shivers when someone guesses at something that's very close, and then I panic and I think, "Oh, is it very obvious?" and then someone says something that's so off the wall that I think, "No, it's clearly not that obvious!"”
- Interview with BBC Radio4, 2005
[upset at an Italian cover, which shows Harry without glasses] “Don't they understand that they are the clue to his vulnerability?"
- Interview with ‘Reader’s Digest’, 2000
“And if you were offered a post as a teacher at Hogwarts what subject would you most like to teach?”
“Oh I think definitely Charms - I see that as the most imaginative bit of magic because you're adding properties to an object.”
- Interview with cBBC Newsround, 2000
Now the tough part - waiting for July!