Famous fantasy author, best known for her Harry Potter series. This tag should be used when asking about J. K. Rowling's motivations, philosophies, and comments on her works.

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Is JK Rowling an architect or a gardener, for her Harry Potter series? [on hold]

I was watching Brandon Sanderson's lecture called "Gardeners vs Architects": In short, he explains a gardener allows that part of the story (characters and/or ...
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Who is Sirius Black based on?

JKR has indicated that many of the main characters are based on real people - Harry on a relative who's also named Potter, Hermione on the author herself, Pansy Parkinson on a real life anti-Joanne, ...
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Why was the old Pottermore shut down?

Pottermore used to have an interactive format with lots of original content from J.K. Rowling tightly structured around the Harry Potter books. In September the site was replaced with something ...
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Will there be a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them novelization?

Warner Bros is making a Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film with a script from JK Rowling. Is there any official word from Rowling or any of the producers at Warner Bros if she or anyone ...
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How did JK Rowling imagine the voices of her characters?

From various illustrations by Rowling herself, we have at least some idea of how she imagined most of her major characters to look. For instance, here's a piece of concept art she drew in relation to ...
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Why does Newt say Lumos Maxima in the Fantastic Beasts trailer?

At the beginning of the trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, someone (who I think is Newt Scamander) says the spell "Lumos Maxima". The problem is that Lumos Maxima is not a canon ...
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What other Harry Potter related writings has Rowling written?

Which Harry Potter related writings has J K Rowling written (not counting the seven main books)? I'm ideally looking for writings set in the Harry Potter world, not writings about the books. (i.e. ...
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Which names (besides for Voldemort) do the movies pronounce wrong?

JK Rowling has said the Voldemort is pronounced Voldemor (with a slient t). In the movies they always pronounce it Voldemort. Are there any other names which the movies pronounce incorrectly?
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What was the flaw in Goblet of Fire?

From this 2000 interview with JK Rowling: Q: You mentioned something in a recent interview about a flaw in Book 4. . . A: Did I? Oh yes. . .I repaired it! This is why Book 4 nearly caused me a ...
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What are the differences between old Pottermore and new?

What parts of the old Pottermore weren't carried over to the new Pottermore? Conversely, which parts of the new Pottermore weren't on the old Pottermore? (I'm only asking about the parts actually ...
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What happened to each of The Original Forty?

J. K. Rowling had released (Harry Potter and Me and then Pottermore) the original draft for the names of the students in Harry's year. Not counting the ones crossed out, these are the original forty ...
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Is it implied that Porpetina and Queenie Goldstein are Jewish?

J.K Rowling has said on Twitter that Porpetina and Queenie Goldstein are distantly related to Anthony Goldstein, J.K. Rowling ‏@jk_rowling Well, I think it's widely known that that characters ...
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Was JK Rowling involved with Noma Dumezweni's casting as Hermione Granger in Cursed Child?

It has been announced that Noma Dumezweni, a person of color, will play Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Is there any indication of JK Rowling's involvement in this casting? ...
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When is Harry Potter's birthday?

Can we determine the boy wizard's birthday?
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How tall were Hagrid's parents?

In the book Goblet of Fire, Hagrid claims that when he was 6 he could pick his dad up and put him in a dresser, and how tall his mom was, I have not the slightest clue. Does JK Rowling give any ...
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Are Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley Distant Relatives?

Below is a picture of the Black Family Tree, based on a tree drawn by J.K. Rowling. (Second link) Please note the unions of: Dorea Black and Charlus Potter Lucretia Black and Ignatius Prewett ...
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What Happened to Rodolphus Lestrange (Bellatrix's Husband)?

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix there is the mass breakout from Azkaban, Rodolphus and Bellatrix being two of the escapers. Rodolphus is very briefly mentioned (once) in the Battle of the ...
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When and why had Dumbledore taken James’s Invisibility Cloak?

Dumbledore said that James had left the cloak in his possession, but nowhere in the series is it explained why he had left it. In the letter from Lily to Sirius, she said that James couldn't have ...
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Difference between a Ghoul and an Inferius in Harry Potter

JKR often refers to ghouls (ex. Gilderoy Lockhearts "Gadding with Ghouls", or in the attic floor of "The Burrow") but also describes inferi as mindless corpses controlled by a dark wizard. As far as ...
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Harry Potter: Why 7?

While rereading the entire Harry Potter series I noticed that the number 7 occurs quite often, for instance: Seven books Seven Horcruxes planned by Tom Riddle Seven Weasley kids Seven years at ...
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The war with Grindelwald links with Muggle WW2. Was there a Muggle war that links with the war with Voldemort?

It has been established that the war with Grindelwald was hand-in-hand with the Muggle World War Two, with Grindelwald being defeated in 1945. According to @Au101, Voldemort was defeated in the ...
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What has J. K. Rowling done with her manuscripts?

Seems like it would make sense for her to put her Harry Potter manuscripts and related documents in some kind of archive where they can be properly preserved for future study and reference. Something ...
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Why did JK Rowling choose the name 'Hogwarts'? [duplicate]

A follow on from my previous question, I'm wondering, has JK Rowling ever commented on why she chose to name the school Hogwarts in particular?
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Family owls in Harry Potter

In Harry Potter, many Wizarding Families have owls. I'm assuming these owls don't stay in their cages all the time, so where do they live? Would the families have a room/owlery for them? Or would they ...
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Did Dumbledore believe that Voldemort was redeemable?

Did Dumbledore ever express his opinions on whether or not he believed Voldemort to be able to find redemption after all that he had done? I've searched for quotes from Dumbledore regarding ...
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Is this inconsistent writing or is there another reason for JKR's choice of words in the slaying of Snape?

Deathly Hollows: ""Perhaps you already know it? You are a clever man, after all, Severus. You have been a good and faithful servant, and I regret what must happen." "My Lord" "The ...
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Did Rowling borrow the prohibition on saying Voldemort's name from Tolkien?

In The Lord of the Rings (The Two Towers), Faramir refers to Sauron as "him who we do not name." Apparently the Gondorians avoided speaking Sauron's name, just as most wizards avoid speaking ...
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Who were James Potter's family? [duplicate]

In the whole series we never know who were Harry's grandparents. He sees them in that magical mirror in the first book but it does not ever occur to him to ask about them from anyone. He never wonders ...
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What's the relationship of Harry Potter Trading Card Game to J. K. Rowling?

The Wikia page doesn't seem to reflect on canonicity level of Harry Potter Trading Card Game. For myself, I'm defining canonicity on two independent axis: How much input did J. K. Rowling have into ...
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Were parts of Harry Potter inspired by James and the Giant Peach?

James and the Giant Peach: full name James Henry Trotter parents killed by a rampaging rhinoceros when he was very young lived with 2 abusive aunts until magic came into his life Harry Potter: ...
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How did Ron speak Parseltongue and re-enter the Chamber of Secrets?

Although 'The Deathly Hallows' was overall an excellent conclusion to Harry Potter's saga, there were moments within the book that felt infuriatingly lazy, like Rowling was whipping the plot along ...
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Did J.K Rowling have the 'Tom Marvolo Riddle' anagram set up from the start?

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, I was fascinated by the scene where the words 'Tom Marvolo Riddle' change into 'I am Lord Voldemort' in the air. I was wondering, did J.K. Rowling plan it ...
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Had JK Rowling seen King's Cross Station before writing the first book?

A someone who frequented King's Cross a great deal for commuting, one things always struck me as odd: Platforms 9 through 11 do not have the large pillars shown in the movie that is used for access to ...
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Who/What is the suspicious character in HP - PoA

After Harry blows up his aunt in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, he stays in the Leaky Cauldron. After the first night JKR describes what he sees in Diagon Alley. There she mentions a ...
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When did Snape become a member of the Order of the Phoenix?

SPOILERS UPCOMING; FAIR WARNING! Severus Snape was a Death Eater when he heard Sybil Trelawney's prophecy in the Hog's Head Pub in 1980. He later regrets telling Voldemort of the prophecy when he ...
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How did Harry not get crushed in Godric's Hollow?

It is explained that when Voldemort tried to kill Harry as a baby, his Avada Kedavra rebounded due to Lily's sacrifice. This caused two (important) things to happen: Voldemort got blasted into an ...
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Is Santa more than fiction in the Harry Potter Universe?

We know that the Potterians (Potterites?, Potterlings?) celebrate Christmas (at least they do in the UK). Are there mentions of Santa? Is/was he some sort of real person. In the same way we (out of ...
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Why did Dumbledore 'put on' the Resurrection Stone (Ring)?

WARNING: Spoiler Alerts throughout this question... Now, Dumbledore put on Marvolo's ring, knowing that it was the Resurrection Stone which was on the ring. He also knew (even though he "lost his ...
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Did anyone ever possess all three Hallows?

In the Harry Potter universe; was there anyone who ever possessed all three (Elder Wand, Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak) Hallows at once? This is barring the creator / creators (Death or ...
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Why does Dumbledore beg Snape in HBP?

When Snape climbs the steps up to the Astronomy Tower in Half-Blood Prince (The Lightning-Struck Tower chapter): But somebody else had spoken Snape's name, quite softly. "Severus..." The sound ...
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Was Snape better at Potions or Defence Against the Dark Arts? [closed]

We know Snape has been an excellent Potions-master at Hogwarts and he has always wanted to be the DADA teacher Given that he is also Would he be considered better at Defence Against the Dark ...
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Are there other types of Elves in HP?

In the Harry Potter universe, we obviously know of House-elves. They have their own brand of powerful magic etc. In general I love the thought of Elves as beings, ergo: Is there any mention of other ...
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Who made or authorized the portkeys used by the order members to gather at the burrow after the battle of the seven Potters?

I have established in my question How did the Ministry protect against the use of unauthorized portkeys? (at least in my mind) that it is extremely difficult to make and use a portkey not previously ...
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Is Harry's boggart still a Dementor?

Every HP fan knows Harry's boggart was a Dementor. Dementors can make you relive your most fearful memories. Harry's was exceptionally fearful/tragic. That's why he was so affected by them, and ...
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How could Argus Filch clean up the whole castle by himself without magic?

Hogwarts castle is quite big as far as I know (7 or more floors plus all the Towers). How could Filch alone clean up the whole castle provided the fact that he is unable to use magic? Maybe Mrs. ...
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What were the W.O.M.B.A.T questions on Rowling's old site?

Does anyone have the entire list of questions and answers from the W.O.M.B.A.T tests that were posted on J.K. Rowling's website a few years back?. A link or an entire list of the answers would be ...
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Did the Harry Potter movies influence JKR's later HP books?

The Harry Potter books were published in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007. The Harry Potter movies were released 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011. As can be seen, the last 3 ...
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What Is the Correct Pronunciation of Beauxbatons?

What is the correct pronunciation of 'Beauxbatons'? I was wondering about Beauxbatons this morning. In the Goblet of Fire movie, Dumbledore pronounces Beauxbatons as "Bo-ba-tins." It's been many ...
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Which Harry Potter Characters Appear in All Seven Books Only to Die In Book Seven?

Which Harry Potter characters appear in all seven books, only to die in book seven? [MAJOR SPOILERS/CHARACTER DEATHS] I can go either way on depending on your interpretation of the King's Cross ...
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Were there any jokes in LOTR?

I saw this Q&A from J.K. Rowling interview: Q: Hello, I was wondering how much Tolkien inspired and influenced your writing? J.K. Rowling responds: Hard to say. I didn't read The Hobbit ...