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JK Rowling may revisit the Harry Potter universe in "director's cut" novels or spin-offs

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JK Rowling has stated many times that she is done writing Harry Potter novels. With her new novel, THE CASUAL VACANCY, hitting stores today, the question becomes whether or not Rowling has the skills to write a novel for adults. If early reviews are any indication, she may not have to revisit the world of Hogwarts.

But, Rowling restated her intentions about returning to her magical universe during press for THE CASUAL VACANCY. When asked about prequels or sequels, Rowling said “I just think it would be for the sake of milking it and that’s just not in me.” That includes a Potter prequel or sequel. “I’ve never seen it work well in either literature or film.” Nevertheless, she says that “if I did have a great idea for something else” in the universe she created then “I probably would do it.”

Another idea she is floating around is expanding on the already released novels that she felt were not quite finished when originally published: “There’s one towards the beginning and there’s one towards the end, that I definitely felt that about. I had to write on the run and there were times when it was really tough. And I read them, and I think ‘Oh God, maybe I’ll go back and do a director’s cut.’ I don’t know.”

Stephen King did a similar "director's cut" of the first Dark Tower novel, THE GUNSLINGER, to better bring it in line with the other books in the series. I would love any new explorations into the world of Harry Potter. Maybe Rowling can take the George Lucas route and bring other authors on board to flesh out her ideas. They don't necessarily have to do with Harry himself, but with the vast history we only heard snippets of in the novels and films, there could be dozens of novels to explore.

Are you game for extended Harry Potter novels?

Source: Deadline

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8:15AM on 09/28/2012

prequels, extended editions

just as long as she doesn't become the next George Lucas
just as long as she doesn't become the next George Lucas
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6:47AM on 09/28/2012

Answer to your question...

whether or not Rowling has the skills to write a novel for adults -- NO

She barely had the skills to write for teens. It's frustrating having people confuse "new and interesting" (which Harry Potter was) with "good writing" (which Harry Potter wasn't). Please let's not confuse the two here.
whether or not Rowling has the skills to write a novel for adults -- NO

She barely had the skills to write for teens. It's frustrating having people confuse "new and interesting" (which Harry Potter was) with "good writing" (which Harry Potter wasn't). Please let's not confuse the two here.
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8:42PM on 09/27/2012
Harry Potter grows up to be an Auror, right? I've always thought a 40 year old Harry Potter exploring the seedy underbelly of the wizarding world Blade-Runner style would be an interesting. Director's Cut books would be cool too, especially the first one. It isn't up to the quality the later books are.
Harry Potter grows up to be an Auror, right? I've always thought a 40 year old Harry Potter exploring the seedy underbelly of the wizarding world Blade-Runner style would be an interesting. Director's Cut books would be cool too, especially the first one. It isn't up to the quality the later books are.
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11:19AM on 09/28/2012
Agreed. There are a ton of plotlines that could be explored, whether it's Harry trying to become an Auror or actually battling more dark wizards and monsters.
Agreed. There are a ton of plotlines that could be explored, whether it's Harry trying to become an Auror or actually battling more dark wizards and monsters.
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8:21PM on 09/27/2012

She's Writing For Fun

JK Rowling is a billionaire; she doesn't need money. JK could spend like a drunken sailor for the rest of her days and it wouldn't dent her fortune.
Don't you wish you had a job that you did for the pure joy of it?
JK Rowling is a billionaire; she doesn't need money. JK could spend like a drunken sailor for the rest of her days and it wouldn't dent her fortune.
Don't you wish you had a job that you did for the pure joy of it?
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7:39PM on 09/27/2012
What do you want from her? She created a universe uniquely her own, if she wants to play around in it, even for cash, let her.
What do you want from her? She created a universe uniquely her own, if she wants to play around in it, even for cash, let her.
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7:06PM on 09/27/2012

Here's a Good Title

Harry Potter and the Author's Quest for More Cash
Harry Potter and the Author's Quest for More Cash
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6:57PM on 09/27/2012

prequels, extended editions

just as long as she doesn't become the next George Lucas
just as long as she doesn't become the next George Lucas
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6:14PM on 09/27/2012

Great author,

but she must be getting nervous about her new book not getting tons of praise.
but she must be getting nervous about her new book not getting tons of praise.
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