December 19, 2007

Jack and J.K.

Wednesday morning. Jack is under a blanket laying on the couch. He has yet to open his eyes. But he is in no pain he said. He is moaning a bit hear and there, so I think his eyes feel more "weird" than in pain. I know that there was much more work to be done on his eyes for this surgery than the one he had 2 years ago, so the recovery will be longer.

On the Today Show they announced Time's Person of the Year. The Russian President. I wish it would have been J.K. Rowlings, but they didn't ask me. She was 2nd runner up and here are some exerts from her article with Time. The link to the web address is below the two quotes, but for some reason I can never link it properly. So you can go to and search that way or cut and past the link to the article if you wish to read it in full.

The ending, naturally, was the most controversial part of the book. It would have been so much neater just to kill Harry. "I've known that all along," she says, but that was never her plan. To her, the most noble thing, the real bravery, is to rebuild after a trauma. Some fans were disappointed that after all his adventures, Harry's greatest concern in the end is whether his son will fit in at Hogwarts. "It's a bittersweet ending," she says. "But that's perfect, because that is what happens to our heroes. We're human. I kept arguing that 'love is the most important force, love is the most important force.' So I wanted to show him loving. Sometimes it's dramatic: it means you lay down your life. But sometimes it means making sure someone's trunk is packed and hoping they'll be O.K. at school."

"There have been times since finishing, weak moments," she says, "when I've said, 'Yeah, all right,' to the eighth novel." But she's convinced she's doing the right thing to take some time away, do something else. She's working on two projects now, an adult novel and a "political fairy tale." "If, and it's a big if, I ever write an eighth book about the [wizarding ] world, I doubt that Harry would be the central character," she says. "I feel like I've already told his story. But these are big ifs. Let's give it 10 years and see how we feel then."

I loved that Harry's biggest concern was his son's happiness at school. C'est la vie, this is life, one moment you are saving the wizarding world from certain disaster, the next you are tending to laundry at home. For most this is how glory happens, Olympic Athletes, former Presidents, Television Personalities...I think people get messed up when they feel a sense of entitlement for the rest of their lives and I am glad that Harry became a normal man. Yes, I do know Harry is not real...


Lindi said...

Mark and I both are a fan of her books. I should say "movies" because we've never read one of her books. I hadn't heard about the final book but I'm loving the way it sounds too.