Back in 2000, when Harry Potter mania was brewing in full force, Barnes & Noble's website and Yahoo! welcomed one of the most talked about authors, J.K. Rowling, to chat about the wizarding phenomenon she had created.
The interview consisted of an online chat forum, allowing many eager fans to ask J.K. some fascinating questions about her writing process, her personal interests and most interestingly, details regarding some of the book's characters and plots.
It's now been 15 years since the chat took place on October 20, 2000 and since then, the Potter series has bid us its final goodbye. But that's not to say her interview doesn't still gives us a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a literary genius.
Let's remind ourselves what we found out in the Barnes & Noble chat all the way back then:
1. J.K.'s favorite books of the series are the Goblet of Fire and the Chamber of Secrets
"They were the hardest to write, maybe that's why they mean most to me"
2. She would see her mother in the Mirror of Erised
The author acknowledged that it's the same as Harry's vision. J.K.'s mother died in 1990.
3. One of her favorite novelists is Jane Austen
4. Padfoot isn't a particular dog breed
He's a "large, bear-like mongrel," in fact.
5. Hagrid never gets married
J.K. never intended for the friendly giant to get married:
Does Hagrid get a wife? You think anyone would want to live with a man who breeds Blast-Ended Skrewts?
6. Hogwarts is not entirely fictional
Although it's a complete fictional creation, J.K. does feel like she lives there a lot of the time.
7. J.K. revealed her favorite characters
Her response was short and sweet:
I love all of them, to be honest, even Dudley.
8. She's wanted to be a writer since she was 6 years old
It was a story about a rabbit called "Rabbit."
9. Hagrid didn't really raise werewolf cubs under his bed in Chamber of Secrets
That rumor was apparently started by Riddle himself, who was telling lies about Hagrid.
10. The use of Latin in the books is very intentional
J.K. revealed why:
I like to think that the wizards use this dead language as a living language [...] and it also gives readers a chance to work out clues along the way!
11. Harry doesn't play any musical instruments
Unfortunately, he never had any access to any whilst living with the Dursleys' and he's too busy at Hogwarts to learn the piano!
12. Hagrid was in Gryffindor
13. Most of the spells are invented
According to J.K., most of the spells were invented "but some of them have particular meanings." Like "avada kedavra" for example.
Speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival back in 2004, she revealed what it actually meant:
“Does anyone know where ‘Avada Kedavra’ came from? It is an ancient spell in Aramaic, and it is the original of abracadabra, which means ‘let the thing be destroyed.’ Originally, it was used to cure illness and the ‘thing’ was the illness, but I decided to make it the ‘thing’ as in the person standing in front of me. I take a lot of liberties with things like that. I twist them round and make them mine.”
Whilst on the topic, here are all the scenes with the Killing Curse in the movies:
14. J.K's favorite candy from Honeydukes are the chocolate frogs
She'd like to collect all the cards.
15. The "K" in her name stands for "Kathleen"
16. J.K. writes her books longhand before typing them out on a laptop herself
This is the way she does her first edit.
17. The Weasley twins were inspired by real people
Unfortunately, we aren't told who exactly.