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Dear J.K. Rowling: Give Us Harry Potter Prequels

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Alice Burton

Staff Writer

Chicagoan and aspiring cryptozoologist Alice Burton has a B.A. in Comparative Literature and is an Archives Assistant with the Frances Willard Historical Society. When not booking or historying, she is singing soprano wherever people will have her. She will watch any documentary on Neanderthals or giant extinct animals, and has a Stockholm Syndrome-like love for Chicago and its winters. Blog: Reading Rambo Twitter: @itsalicetime

J.K. Rowling dropped by TODAY to again squash our hopes and dreams regarding another Harry Potter book. OR DID SHE?

Saying “I’m afraid I haven’t been writing the next Harry Potter,” Rowling nevertheless did add the frustrating, hope-giving, news-making statement of “I’m not going to say I definitely won’t.”

The fevered glimpse of an oasis to the parched Potterhead.

While she did say “I don’t think [Harry Potter 8] is going to happen,” for many fans of the record-breaking, world-uniting series (hyperbolic? I think not), that is not what they want anyway. What has been the heralding cry of many a fan?

Prequels! Prequels, prequels, prequels! Give us backstory or give us death. What did the Marauders do in Herbology? Was Bellatrix at all a decent person before falling under Voldemort’s influence/going to a madness-inducing wizard prison for more than a decade? How cute were Arthur and Molly as teenagers? Very, very cute? Probably. These are questions that need answering, Rowling.

In the mean time, you can of course read Rowling’s post-Potter work: The Casual Vacancy, The Cuckoo’s Calling, or the recently-published Cormoran Strike follow-up, The Silkworm, and she is also writing the script for the upcoming film version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, so do not despair, Potter fans. The dream is alive.


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