J.K. Rowling Talks Possible Eighth Harry Potter Book
Just when you thought Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was going to be the seventh and final book in J.K. Rowling's billion-dollar series, the author has suggested that she might indeed write an eighth book which will serve as a sort of Harry Potter encyclopedia. So no, we won't get another Potter adventure, but this might be a chance to flesh out under-used characters, as well as let fans fully immerse themselves in the Potter world. Says Rowling, "I might do an eighth book for charity, a kind of encyclopedia of the world so that I could use all the extra material that's not in the books."
Rowling's agent, Christopher Little, confirmed the possibility admitting that the author has "retained all the rights in the Harry Potter series." That includes any and all companion books "which she may indeed write herself." Apparently, Rowling's notes are extremely detailed; sort of like the notes JRR Tolkien jotted down for his Lord of the Rings series. Thus, it would be fairly easy for her to dive into a decade worth of notes and churn out an encyclopedia-type book. According to Telegraph UK, such a book would "cover historical figures, such as the founders of Hogwarts school, along with elaborate genealogies of the main characters." Of course, with something like this, there's no way we can look forward to another big-screen installment. I can see it now: Kids everywhere would attempt to sit through Harry Potter and the Magical Encyclopedia, however, half-way through, they would all cry out: "Ugh, it wants us to learn!" That said, I imagine it might be fun to get the actors to appear on some sort of companion DVD. What do you Potter fanatics think of this? Would you enjoy reading a Potter encyclopedia, or would you rather read another full-on Potter adventure? Then again, do I even need to ask that question?