First part of the post-DH interview on the Today Show (NBC)
Interviewer: Meredith Vieira
Context: This was one of the first interviews after the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, so Jo could finally answer some questions she was reluctant to answer before.
At the end you say that, or you tell us that Neville is a Professor at Hogwarts. What do Harry, Hermione and Ron do for a living?
JKR: Yeh, I think that's what everyone wants to do. Harry and Ron utterly revolutionize the Auror Department. They are now the experts. It doesn't matter how old they are or what else they've done. And Hermione, Well I think that she's now pretty high up in the Department for Magical Law Enforcement. I would imagine that her brainpower and her knowledge of how the Dark Arts operate would really give her a sound grounding. They made a new world.
MV: Was Snape always intended to be a hero?
JKR: [sharp intake of breath] Is he a hero? You see I don't see him really as a hero.
JKR: Yeh. He's spiteful. He's a bully. All these things are still true of Snape, even at the end of this book. But, was he brave? Yes, immensely.
Greta, 8: If Snape didn't love Lily, would he have still tried to protect Harry?
JKR: No. He Definitely wouldn't have done. He wouldn't have been remotely interested in what happened to this boy.
Okay. Number one, 19 years later, who's the headmaster at Hogwarts?
JKR: Well, it would be someone new. Erm, McGonagall was really getting on a bit. So someone completely new.
JK Rowling One-On-One: Part One