Ever since we bid our final farewell to the final Harry Potter book series back in 2007, I have still not gotten over the fact we will never be getting another installment.
Yet now, prepare to commence your freak out for some titillating news is about to explode your Muggle mind. After all these years and the release of eight exceptional movies, it seems that J. K. Rowling is prepared to bring the wizarding world back into the equation.
She has now revealed her temptation to create a "director's cut" of two of the novels. This is because she believes that in a rush, she simply ran out of time to perfect the narrative.
Speaking to the BBC, she said:
"There were a couple of the Potters and I definitely knew that they needed another year. [...] I had to write on the run and there were times when it was really tough."
"No one will ever know how tough it was at times"
Having re-read some of the books, she is now considering re-visiting them. She admitted:
"I read them, and I think 'Oh God, maybe I'll go back and do a director's cut,' I don't know. But you know what, I'm proud I was writing under the conditions under which I was writing, no one will ever know how tough it was at times."
Understandably, the pressure of writing one of the most successful book series in history would definitely take its toll on an author. High expectations, strict publisher deadlines and laborious editing procedures, it is no wonder that Rowling found it hard.
That is why her latest novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, was such a pleasure to write. She said that she deliberately took her time perfecting it and that she is glad that her recent novel does not have as much hype attached to it as the Harry Potter series. She aptly described the "insane" reaction to the seven books, which have sold over 450 million copies worldwide, as:
"A monster that was out of control."
Despite being incredibly grateful to her fans for warranting her books phenomenal success, there is no rush to publish and to please readers with The Casual Vacancy, making it a completely different writing experience.
Yet, which two Harry Potter books would get the expanded "director's cut" treatment?
Although it is not clear which two novels she wishes to re-vamp, Rowling has given us a clue, stating:
There is "one towards the beginning and one towards the end."
Indeed, the earlier books are much shorter. This is likely due to the severe editing process they went through before Rowling sky-rocketed to stratospheric fame and her fandom increased to epic proportions.
If going by her clue on which books she would like to expand, nearer to the start of the series, I would love to see the Prisoner of Azkaban re-visited. In particular it would be fascinating to learn more about the Marauders and get a more in-depth insight into their Hogwarts escapades all those years previously.
Another novel that could be given the "director's cut" treatment could be the Goblet of Fire (admittedly a book in the middle of the series!). A plot focusing more heavily on the other schools of magic would be fascinating to read.
What would it be like to study at Durmstrang? And how exactly are Beauxbatons's school grounds really created out of the surrounding mountains? There are just so many things to be explored that even thinking about it whips me up in an uncontrollable frenzy of excitement!
Turning to the final books of the series, I'd also really like to read more of Dumbledore's back-story. In particular, I would love to learn more about the silver-bearded headmaster's family and his unrequited love for Gellert Grindelwald in the later books. There are a great number of side characters that are just crying out to be explored.
However, whichever plot-line she chooses to turn to, I'm sure it will be gold and ultimately, I really don't care because all that matters is that Rowling is prepared to engage with our Potter mania once more. And she went even further, alluding that she wouldn't rule out another book to add the series altogether. In fact, her actual words were:
“[I]f I did have a great idea for something else, I probably would do it. [...] I am very averse to the prequel-sequel idea. A sidestep could maybe … well, we’ll see.”
Please, please, PLEASE!
Which books do you hope get the "director's cut?"