Director’s cut for theatrical films seem commonplace, but a director’s cut for books? That’s what J.K. Rowlings says she thought about with two of her ‘Harry Potter’ novels.
While speaking to BBC News about her new adult novel ‘The Casual Vacancy’, Rowling revealed that during the frenzy of writing the ‘Harry Potter’ novels, there were times she felt rushed to finish the novels. “There were a couple of the Potters and I definitely knew that they needed another year,” she said, “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.”
The phenomenal success of ‘Harry Potter’ showed Rowling that she had “nothing to prove” and has made it possible for her to now be able to write the kind of books she’d like to as opposed to something just to make money. “…Harry Potter truly liberated me in the sense that there’s only one reason to write, for me,” she explained, “if I genuinely have something I want to say, and I want to publish it.”
Of course, many would like to know if she feels she has more to say through ‘Harry Potter’ and would contemplate writing another book in the series:
“It was murder saying goodbye, but where Harry’s story is concerned, I’m done. Now, if I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world, because I loved writing it, I would do it. I don’t want to go mechanically back into that world and pick up a load of odds and ends and glue them together and say, ‘Here we go, we can sell this.’ It would make a mockery of what those books were to me.”
It’s refreshing to hear that Rowling is keeping the sanctity of the ‘Harry Potter’ universe, and she continues to do so by not revealing what books she’d like to go back to with rewrites only saying that there was “one early one and one late one” that she wished she was given more time to do.
So here’s a question for all the Potter fans out there: Which two books do you think she was talking about? Let us know in the comments below.