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Few books in history have ever been as well-loved as J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Even though the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, came out over three years ago, fans are still holding their breath, waiting for another installment. And on Friday, Rowling told Oprah Winfrey that it could actually happen.
In a rare interview, Rowling opened up to Winfrey about her emotions regarding her books, her fans, and her sometimes-unbearable success. Letting go of the Harry Potter series, she told Winfrey, was the hardest thing she had ever faced in her life, after her mother's death. The author described a period of nonstop crying, during which she "had to mourn Harry." But she also admitted that she never stops thinking about the characters she created.
"I couldn't stop (thinking about them)," Rowling told Winfrey. "I don't think you can when you've been that involved with characters for that long. It's still all in there. They're all in my head still... I could definitely write an eighth, ninth, tenth. I could, easily."
When Winfrey asked if she planned to write more books, Rowling said, "I'm not going to say I won't. I don't think I will. I loved writing those books... I feel I am done, but you never know."
This wasn't the only surprising thing that Rowling told Winfrey. The world's first billionaire author -- who once was "as poor as you can get without being homeless" -- revealed that she still worries about money, and she has not gotten to the point where she believes she'll always be rich. (Winfrey said she was "getting there" herself.) Rowling revealed her biggest regret is not showing her mother the Harry Potter manuscript (which she started writing 6 months before her mother's death), and that her periods of depression were the inspiration for the books' Dementors. She also confessed that she turned down an offer from Michael Jackson to turn her books into a musical. There is one thing, however, that Rowling would not reveal: the details about her relationship with her father, whom she stopped speaking to shortly after she became famous.
As for what happened to Ron, Hermione and Harry after the series came to an end -- she's keeping that to herself, too. But maybe, just maybe, she'll choose to tell us one day.
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