Why did you want to write
Quidditch Through The Ages and
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them?
They are two titles that appear in the novels -
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them is a book that
Harry buys to go to
Hogwarts so it's one of his
school textbooks and
Quidditch Through The Ages
is a library title. I always write more than I need for the books so bits of
them were just written for my own fun. So when
asked me to write something I thought I would just love to write them, I
just thought it would be so much fun and I was completely correct. It was
more fun than I've had writing the others.
How did these books come about?
I got a letter from Richard Curtis who started
saying would you consider writing us a short story? And then he cunningly
said something like "I'm sure you won't, we'll still love your books,
even if you don't but just thought we'd ask". Which is a very clever
way of asking someone to do something. But I didn't really need much
persuasion as I have always supported
and I think they do fantastic work, so I wrote back and said yes
but I'm not good at short stories particularly not short Harry stories
I tend to ramble on, so how would it be if I wrote a couple of the titles
that appear by title in the novels so that's how it all started. And I
decided to do two because just because I had two in my head and I couldn't
really decide between Fantastic Beasts and
Quidditch so I thought
we'll do them both.
In the UK, almost all the money raised is going to
Comic Relief (UK).
Is the same thing happening in other countries, where
is not so well known?
Yes, they will be happening in other countries. Money raised outside
Britain will be going into an international fund to help children in
some of the poorest countries in the world, and it's been absolutely
miraculous that everyone who would usually take a cut from the production
of a book to give their services for free. So almost all the money from the
books will be going into these funds.
When people buy the book, how much money will be going to charity?
Everyone who would usually take a cut from the book is giving their services
for free and they're donating what would've been their proceeds to
which means booksellers, paper suppliers, publishers and my royalties,
everything will be going to
over 80% of the cover price will be going to
How much money are you hoping to raise?
As much as possible loads, millions and millions. The important thing to
remember is that for every book bought it will make a difference a real
difference in someone's life, someone living in poverty. So the important
thing to remember is that by buying one book, parting with your pocket money
you will make a real difference to someone probably of your age living
elsewhere in the world.
What do you like most about
Comic Relief UK?
Lots of things I like about Comic Relief.
They have a Golden Pound principle which means that every pound that's given
to them, or any money that's given to them, will go directly to the causes
involved. And it's fun. There is something wonderful about the idea that
laughter should be used to combat real tragedy and poverty and suffering and
it just is the most wonderful thing.
Did the books take you a long time to write?
Not a very long time; I wrote them right after I'd finished
Book 4, so compared to
Book 4, which as you probably know is a
very, very long book, they didn't take long at all.
One of them has extra stuff written in it by
Harry. What's all that about?
That's Harry and
Ron graffiti-ing the book, as you do to
your schoolbooks. You do doodle on them, I always wrote all over mine.
Teachers reading this will not be happy that I'm saying it but you do, don't
you? So they've just scribbled things on them and said rude things in them,
the name of their favourite Quidditch team
and stuff in the book.