By Mandi Bierly
July 26, 2007 at 08:03 PM EDT

If you haven’t finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and intend to, you better not have watched Today this morning, which featured the first of Meredith Vieira’s two-part sitdown with author J.K. Rowling. PopWatch would like to congratulate Today both on the big “get” — and for not drowning Rowling in the same smoke effects they used on poor Daniel Radcliffe when he stopped by to promote Order of the Phoenix. (He kindly referred to his trick-or-treated-out set as “incredibly magical.”)

After the jump, we run through Rowling’s answers to some burning Hallows questions, including the details she left out of the epilogue. SERIOUS SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading now if you haven’t finished the book.




  • Okay, so if you’re still reading this post… you know that Harry Potter lived. What jobs do Harry, Ron, and Hermione hold 19 years after the final battle with Voldemort? Rowling told Vieira that Harry and Ron now work in the Auror Department of the Ministry of Magic, while Hermione is in the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. No word yet on Ginny Potter’s profession. (Oh, you know she took his name).
  • Would Snape have still helped Harry if he hadn’t felt unrequited love for Harry’s mother? Rowling said no way. More interestingly, she balked when Vieira asked her whether Snape was always intended to be a “hero.” Rowling said she doesn’t seem him as a “hero.” He’s brave, she said, but he’s also spiteful and a bully.
  • Which passage made Rowling sob the most while she was writing it? Chapter 34: Harry’s walk to his then-certain death in the forest. (Was anyone not sobbing while they read it? Christ. And you know you’ll cry in the movie theater, too. Just accept it now.)
  • Which character was supposed to die but didn’t? Mr. Weasley. Rowling said she actually meant to kill him off in Year 5, but couldn’t bear it. Maybe on Part Two of Vieira’s interview, airing Friday, we’ll find out why Rowling didn’t feel as strongly about Fred…