The unwritten story of Harry’s friends and their children was an article published by The Times on 29 December 2007 by Adam Sherwin. It gave a preview of information revealed the next night in the documentary J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life.


The unwritten story of Harry’s friends and their children

Adam Sherwin, Media Correspondent

December 29 2007, 12:00am, The Times

A family tree of Harry Potter, hand-written by J.K. Rowling, offers a tantalising glimpse into the future of the boy wizard and his pals. But the author promises that the future of her characters, their relationships and children will remain locked in her imagination, ruling out any sequels.

In an ITV1 documentary, to be screened at 7pm tomorrow, Ms Rowling says that despite completing the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, she cannot quite lay her famous creation to rest.

She felt compelled to map out the futures of the surviving members of the Weasley/Potter clan in a family tree. Readers will know that Harry and Ginny marry and have three children. Luna Lovegood, Harry’s dreamy friend, produces two children, with her naturalist husband, Rolf. Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour have three children, and George Weasley sires a daughter, and a son named Fred after his twin who died in the battle of Hogwarts. “I can’t help it,” the author says in JK Rowling . . . a Year in the Life. “It was like running a race and you get to the finishing line and you’re running too fast to stop, so I do know what happened afterwards and I couldn’t stop my imagination doing that.

“So I know this sounds an awful lot of detail to go into for your own satisfaction and not because you’re planning to write more books, but that’s just how it was. I couldn’t stop,” Ms Rowling said that writers always had to know more detail than was used in a book. “It gives me a certain satisfaction to say what I thought happened and to tell other people that, because I would like my version to be the official version.”

In the film, Ms Rowling runs through the Weasley children one by one and explains where she sees them in life now and pays particular attention to Luna Lovegood. The documentary also follows the author on a private jet with her husband, Neil, as they travel to the US for the final book tour.Ms Rowling makes an emotional return to the Edinburgh flat where she wrote the first book in the Harry Potter series.

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