J.K. Rowling Suggests Director's Cut Of Harry Potter Books
J.K. Rowling has played coy with Harry Potter fans for years now, suggesting that Harry's story is done but never outright promising she wouldn't set a new story at Hogwarts, or spin out further adventures in the wizarding world. Rowling is one of very, very authors to create a fantasy world so rich that fans would happily follow any character within it, so even as she's currently out promoting her new, non-Potter novel The Casual Vacancy, there's reason to hold out hopes for a return to the wizarding world.
And as it turns out, that return might include Harry and friends after all. Talking to the BBC (via USA Today), Rowling admitted there were times in writing the Potter books that she felt rushed into finishing the story, and she wouldn't mind going back and tweaking some of the elements she's not happy with, which might include even more content from the book's adventures:
“I read them, and I think ‘Oh God, maybe I’ll go back and do a director’s cut. I don’t know.”
She went on to hint that "a sidestep" could be an option for another story set within the wizarding world-- "If I did have a great idea for something else, I probably would do it."
All of this is vague enough that we can hold out hope she'll do pretty much anything, but it's the director's cut idea I like the most. Who wouldn't want to go back and read Order of the Phoenix with extra scenes tossed in-- more time spent with the Order, more detail about the Quidditch matches, more silly Peeves songs? Yes, I know that director's cuts in movies can often turn out terribly-- George Lucas going back and tinkering with the Star Wars films being the prime awful example-- but Rowling deserves some faith at least at the start! She created Hogwarts-- who doesn't want her to go back and lead us through an extended tour there?