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J.K. Rowling said she'd consider more fantasy novels if "a great idea" came along.
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updated 9/26/2012 9:38:26 AM ET 2012-09-26T13:38:26

J.K. Rowling revealed she is not ruling out writing another book set in Harry Potter’s world.

"It was murder saying goodbye,’’ Rowling told the BBC Wednesday about leaving Harry Potter behind. “Now if I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world — because I loved writing it — I'd do it."

Rowling would take another trip on the Hogwarts Express only if she had "a great idea," she said. "I don't want to go mechanically back in to that world and pick up loads of odds and ends and glue them together and go 'here we go.’ It would make a mockery of what those books mean to me."

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But a new novel would center around characters other than The Boy who Lived. “Where Harry’s story is concerned, I’m done,’’ she said. Instead, she would craft a “sidestep’’ story, rather than a sequel or prequel. 

Rowling, whose seventh and final Harry Potter book was released in 2007, also told the BBC that she has considered revising some of the books. 

“There were a couple of the Potters and I definitely knew that they needed another year,’’ she told the BBC. “I had to write on the run and there were times when it was really tough. And I read them, and I think ‘Oh God, maybe I’ll go back and do a director’s cut,' I don’t know. But you know what, I’m proud I was writing under the conditions under which I was writing. No one will ever know how tough it was at times.’’

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Rowling’s new adult novel, "The Casual Vacancy," will be released on Thursday. She told the BBC that her next book would most likely be for “slightly younger children than the Potter books.’’

While "Vacancy" is "definitely not for children,’’ Rowling noted, she had nothing to prove after selling 450 million copies of the Potter books.

“I certainly don't mean that in an arrogant way," she added, "I certainly don't mean that I think I can't improve as a writer.

"But Harry Potter truly liberated me in the sense that there's only one reason to write, for me — if I genuinely have something I want to say, and I want to publish it."

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    >>> for the past ten years movie goers have been captivated by harry potter . determined to stop the forces of darkness.

    >> we have lost two days without her.

    >> there's a bit of a chase on here.

    >> i don't care about a wedding. i'm sorry, no matter whose it is, i have to start finding them. this is our only chance to beat him and the longer we stay here, the stronger he gets.

    >> daniel radcliffe as harry potter . this movie is the beginning of the end of the franchise, what's that been like for you, dealing with that?

    >> it's kind of odd because we finished filming, the last two we shot in one go and we actually finished filming it five months ago, so we have been through our period of mourning.

    >> what was that last day like?

    >> lots of tears as you might expect. as you said, it was ten years of our lives. but we shot the last film for 18 months. it has been -- it was very weird doing all the press for it at the moment because suddenly everyone's saying, gosh, you must be so sad, i wasn't until you said something.

    >> it's a little bit of a celebration too?

    >> if we had been going out on a sour note, it would have been heart breaking, but i'm pleased with this film and it's nice to go out with a bang.

    >> and i heard you swiped some stuff from the set? swiped is not fair.

    >> but i would have swiped it if they haven't given it to us. my glasses which are a bit tiny.

    >> you were only 11 when you started.

    >> look, there i am. oh, good. it's good that everyone keeps seeing that.

    >> did you have a good childhood?

    >> i had a different childhood. but, you know, in terms of happiness and, you know, it's an amazing, fun, exciting place to be and you're there with a lot of great people. i have to tell you, there's a lot less bullying on the film set than there is in school. so i missed that part.

    >> this is the darkest of all, you're searching to stop him. how does this film lead us into part two?

    >> basically the thing, i think it was interesting, i was talking to a journalist about this the other day, because this film is easiest to break down because you don't know the books very well. so essentially, there's seven pieces of his soul. and also searching for the deathly hallows . and it's a person that basically rates between us so you get there go first. and the end of the movie and, yeah, it's a big cliffhanger. i'm not going to ruin it.

    >> don't ruin it. right after filming stopped on that movie, you started "woman in black" which is a thriller, a very scary movie . and you were very clear on why you wanted to do that, you wanted to play an adult, obviously you are one. and a dad?

    >> yeah. it wasn't so much i was seeking to play those things, but when i read the script and it was a chance to play a father and a widower, it's inherently a much more adult role. so that is part of the process of gradually sort of separating myself from harry, not separating myself, because i'm very proud to have played harry. but separating myself from the character. it's a great director, james watkins , he's a fantastic director and it's a great script and it's a fantastic costume.

    >> scary?

    >> it's going to be very scary film, yes.

    >> and you're going back to broadway, "how to succeed in business without even trying" which is a song and dance musical. i didn't think you did that stuff.

    >> i don't think anyone did. i have always loved singing and i have been singing for a long time and i really, really enjoy it. and dancing is not something i have ever done, but i've been taking lessons for two years. i'm hoping to surprise some people in the course of the next year.

    >> you'll be brilliant, you always are. thank you so much, harry potter and the deathly hallows opened this friday. and daniel's co-stars drop by later this morning.


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