I finished writing the final Harry Potter book in 2007, which seems a very long time ago now. And before that, I had been immersed in Harry’s world for nearly 20 years – since 1990, in fact, when the idea of a boy who doesn’t yet know that he is a great wizard first bubbled up in my brain. But what makes me happiest is that new readers, all over the world, are still discovering Harry Potter for the first time, today.
The short introductions here to each of the seven Harry Potter stories will give you a flavour of the adventures ahead of you. I’ve also tried to answer some of the questions I’m most often asked in the numerous letters and emails that I continue to receive from fans.
I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams just how popular my Harry Potter books would become and at times it was truly overwhelming. Below is a snapshot of what happened when the books were first published.
If you would like to find out more, why not visit Wizarding World.com, the official hub for fans of Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts film series.
Enjoy your reading!
The Harry Potter Stories
From Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, where the story begins, through to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, here’s a brief introduction to the seven books that have made Harry the world’s most renowned wizard.Read more
9 and 3/4 Questions
J. K. Rowling answers some of the questions she’s most often asked by fans about Harry Potter and the wizarding world she created.Read more
The Magical Journey…
Since the first book appeared in 1997, Harry Potter has not just enchanted readers worldwide, but become a true publishing phenomenon. Find out more here.Read more
Explore More About The Wizarding World
Whether you love Harry Potter and have read every book twice, or you are just starting out on your journey, a visit to Wizarding World.com will answer all your questions, fire your imagination, and draw you deeper into the magic!Read more
Which Hogwarts house would you be in?
Gryffindor, I hope. I value courage beyond almost anything. But I’d be quite a good fit in Ravenclaw, too.
What’s your Patronus?
I used to think it would be an otter, which I gave to Hermione in the books, because I love otters so much, but I’ve got a feeling that if I ever managed to produce one, it would be some kind of large bird. Possibly an owl.
Where do the names of the spells and potions come from or are they made up?
They’re mostly made up, though some derive from old charms people thought genuinely worked, such as Avada Kedavra, from which came ‘abracadabra’. I used a good bit of pig Latin and took liberties with archaic words, too.
Where do wizards go to school before going to Hogwarts?
If they’re Muggle-born, they’ll go to regular schools. Wizarding families tend to home school their children until they’re ready for Hogwarts.
Which Harry Potter character would you most like to meet and why?
I think it would have to be Dumbledore. We’d have a lot to discuss and I would love his advice; I think that everyone would like a Dumbledore in their lives.
Does Harry Potter still have his owl (Hedwig) and does Hermione still have her cat (Crookshanks)?
Poor Hedwig died in book seven, but I like to think Harry would always have a snowy owl in her honour. Crookshanks lived to a ripe old age, but I’m afraid he’s no longer with us.
Will Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ever be made into a movie?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was conceived and written as a stage play. It was always intended to be a stage play and nothing else, and I’m afraid there are absolutely no plans for it to become a movie, a novel, a puppet show, a cartoon, a comic book series or Cursed Child on Ice!
Will there be another Harry Potter book – about the Marauders or the Founders of Hogwarts, for instance?
I have always refused to say ‘never’ to this question, because I think it would be foolish to rule out something I might want to do in the future. The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a prime example. I was intrigued to do something new. Working with Jack Thorne (the playwright) and John Tiffany (the director) was one of the most satisfyingly creative experiences of my working life. We developed the story together and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the result.
What happened to some of the other characters like Dudley Dursley, Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood?
I think Dudley’s out there living a happier and better life for having known Harry. He wouldn’t be nearly as hidebound and fiercely conventional as his parents. Neville became a Herbology teacher at Hogwarts, where I think he’d be hugely popular.
Luna married a descendant of Newt Scamander and became a magizoologist.
Luna married a descendant of Newt Scamander and became a Magizoologist.