J.K. Rowling warns of trouble ahead for Harry Potter. Chatting online with fans, the author hints at a battle brewing in Book Six

By Gary Susman
Updated March 04, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Emma Caulfield, Daniel Radcliffe

If Harry Potter could use his magic to fly off the page and into the real world where his creator, J.K. Rowling, lives, she’d make a point of apologizing to him. ”I think I’d most like to spend a day with Harry,” the author told 16,000 fans during an online chat on Thursday, Reuters reports. ”I’d take him out for a meal and apologize for everything I put him through.” And has yet to put him through, since the boy wizard will face dangerous new challenges in the next book of the series. ”In Book Six, the wizarding world is really at war again and he has to master his own feelings to make himself useful,” revealed Rowling. ”If personally I was Harry Potter, I would hide because I know what is coming.”

Rowling reiterated that she plans to conclude the series with the seventh volume, though she added that she would then go back and revise them all. Despite such George Lucas-like tinkering with her early blockbusters, she said she was not going to write any Potter prequels. ”You won’t need them,” she said. ”By the time I’ve finished you’ll have all the backstory you need.”

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