By Joshua Rich
February 06, 2007 at 12:00 PM EST

Harry Potter is going to die! Says author J.K. Rowling: “I’m mourning.”

Now, relax: It’s not what you think. There’s still no word on what will become of our favorite wiz kid in his series’ final installment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which goes on sale July 21. But his creator did announce on her website today that she has finally finished writing, thus ending what the AP described as “one of the great phenomena of literary history.” The books, after all, have sold in excess of 325 million copies. So it’s no wonder that Rowling added, “I feel an incredible sense of achievement.” (The fact that she’s said to be the first person in history to earn $1 billion writing books may also have something to do with it.)

Anyway, Rowling called Deathly Hallows her favorite Harry  book, which is dandy. But it only shines a brighter spotlight on the elephant in her castle: Where does a 41-year-old former blockbuster writer and future dame go from here? Will this really be the end of Harry? Will she try something new? Has Rowling set the bar too high for herself and will she ever be able to live up to the hype again? Can she cast the same kind of spell over readers if she, say, goes in a more adult direction with her first non-Harry book? Will there even be a non-Harry book, or will she retire a la Harper Lee? I dunno, maybe that’s a good thing. But what do you think about all that’s brewing in Rowling’s very own Chamber of Secrets?

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