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Full text of the “Garp” interviews


More new canon! Wheeee!

I have just finished uploading to the Quick-Quotes-Quill what I hope are definitive versions of the press conference and readings Jo did in New York last week. These transcripts use the best from other fansites with corrections and extra research, so I hope you will use these versions as your reference copies.

We will be posting the interview summaries soon over at Madam Scoop’s Index to J.K. Rowling Interviews. Until then, here are some of the bits of new canon that can be gleaned from the interviews:

From the press conference:

  • “a couple of characters I expected to survive have died and one character got a reprieve”

Reading and questions from August 1:

  • Hermione would see the trio “alive and unscathed and Voldemort finished” in the Mirror of Erised. She may also see herself in a romantic embrace.
  • Magical potions always have a magical component “at some point” so Muggles cannot brew magical potions even if they found a real wand.
  • If a Muggle tired to wield a real wand there would be some sort of violent accident.
  • We will learn more about the relationship between wands and their wizards/witches in book 7.
  • All of Jo’s main characters except for Voldemort can be considered redeemable.
  • Harry believes that Draco would not have killed Dumbledore even if he had all the time in the world. Indeed he would not have; this will have implications for Draco’s future.
  • Wandmakers can choose wand cores “that are particular to their country.”

Reading and questions from August 2:

  • “There is a little more to Aunt Petunia than meets the eye and you will find out what that is in book seven”
  • Dumbledore will not “do a Gandalf;” he is truly dead.
  • Madam Pince the Hogwarts librarian had to be mean so that Hermione had to figure things out herself.


Pensieve (Comments)

  • Lisa, I love the phrase “relationship between wands and their wizards”! Thank you for all your hard work bringing us the definitive resource.

  • Lisa

    I wish I had the correct spelling for the librarian who got Jo talking about Madam Pince! It *sounds* like Exsim Pre… Anyway, that question was one I’ve wanted to ask Jo. I’ve been worried that the Pince character reflected Jo’s experiences with librarians.

  • Melissa

    Lisa, I use to work with the librarian who got Jo talking about Madam Pince, her first name is Xann, I can’t remember her last name.

  • Snidget

    I’m curious about JKR’s statement about Dumbledore’s death. Not that he isn’t dead but about Snape. The questioner had said that in their opinion, Snape was really good and therefore he never killed Dumbledore. Jo told him that his opinion was correct but, Dumbledore was really dead. If his opinion is correct, is this a hint that Snape is really evil?

  • Naneferkaptah

    About Snape, no idea (apart from my firm belief that he is good :)). And I think she kept that open on purpose.
    But I fear for Hagrid’s life now, because it is right after he is suggested to her to invite for dinner, her next line is “I know who is dead!”. Only when she is told she also could invite dead people, she picks Dumbledore and Hagrid. Of course, by implication, that must mean the trio, whom she named without ado before that interchange, will survive.
    In fact, the way she freely teases people that Harry might die was already rather suspicious that he will survive. However, I would not be too surprised if he was actually the character who got a reprieve.

  • Anne

    Just wanted to point out that Gandalf also was truly dead. He just got sent back.

  • Pteris Vittata

    Just wanted to point out that I’m resisting an incredible urge to go off topic and begin discussing Gandalf and everything there is to say about him. 😉

  • Lisa

    Pteris Vittata, your restraint is admirable (and appreciated).

  • Pyratebear

    Re: “Your opinion is correct”–
    Technically speaking JKR is affirming that Snape is good..but the “therefore” in the original question precedes conjecture..and it is the conjecture that may be incorrect while the premise is correct. Snape is good and Dumbledore is dead.

  • Ray

    I was just looking at the Dobby quotes and I realized that Dobby and the other house-elfs may know something important about Dumbledore. Dobby said that Dumbledore trusted him with his secrets.

  • pam

    I just looked up the quote from the readings in New York. He said “Is Snape good or bad? In our opinion everything follows from it.” Jo answers “Your opinion is correct.” Isn’t she refering to his statement that everything follows from the knowledge of whether Snape is good or bad? She really didn’t give away anything.

  • SJR

    I believe that there is something more to the relationship between Dumbledore and Snape than Jo has revealed. The question of WHY Dumbledore trusted Snape so much has still yet to be answered. I am not sure in my own mind whether to count Snape among the bad guys or among the good yet. In my mind there are at least two possibilities: 1) Snape truly betrayed Dumbledore or 2) Dumbledore knew that his death was inevitable and he wanted to save Draco, thus he and Snape came together to achieve the means to an end. To me, the fact that Snape did not kill Harry when he had a chance speaks volumes. These are just my thoughts. Let me know what you think.

  • jlw

    I completely agree SJR. There is just to much left unsaid to conjecture. After I went through the phases of loss. I do believe Dumbledore is dead. I however still do not understand him being shot off the tower. Instead he should have just fell dead. Also Snape in great at non-verbal spells. So many questions.