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J.K. Rowling has done a number of interviews over the past week in promotion of The Casual Vacancy. She’s done so many interviews that it’s been hard to keep up! Because we didn’t want you to miss any of it, we’ve compiled a list of all the interviews Rowling has done for the new book. You can view the list below. We’ve also included some highlights from the interview.
The Guardian (UK) - Talks Fifty Shades of Grey, meeting Barack Obama, and the political fairytale she spoke of a few years ago
USA Today (US) - Discusses the possibility of a film adaptation of ‘The Casual Vacancy’, Pottermore, and appearing at the Olympics
The New Yorker (US) - The working title for The Casual Vacancy and Jo’s writing process for the novel is revealed
“Writing For Grown-Ups: A Culture Show Special” (UK) - Reads from the novel, discusses its theme
“Life After Harry Potter” (AUSTRALIA) Talks about Harry Potter (and life after finishing it), her children, more about the new novel
Second part of Good Morning America’s interview (US) - Reads the from the novel, more
BBC Breakfast Interview (UK) - Discusses feeling tempted to do a “director’s cut” of the Harry Potter books, the possibility of a sequel for ‘The Casual Vacancy’, and more
ABC News (1) (US) - Talks about finishing up the Harry Potter novels and failure
ABC News (2) (US) - Continuation of the other ABC interviews and dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Interview with Jennifer Byrne - aired on Australia’s ABC1
Highlights from Southbank Centre event in London (UK) - Highlights from J.K. Rowling’s publication event
Radio interview with NPR (US) - Talks about the themes of the book, writing the novel, her daughter’s reaction to the novel
Thanks to MuggleNet and Snitch Seeker for the links
In the interview, Jo was asked an interesting question: have her children read the book?
To hear the question, skip to 21:49.
Here’s the dialogue:
NPR: Have your kids read this?
J.K. Rowling: My eldest daughter has [read the book]… She’s 19… And I would not recommend it for a 7 and 9 year old, which is what my other two children are.
No, of course not. What does your eldest daughter think?
She had a curious reaction actually she came to me, and she said “I finished it.”
And I said “..Right.”
And she said, “I cried.”
And I said “Good [laughs] because… I don’t think I could…yeah… I would’ve been very surprised if you haven’t.”
And then she said, “It’s made me realize how much I don’t know.”
And I said, ”What do you mean??”
And she said… And then she talked about some of the characters in the book and um… we had actually a very interesting conversation because Jessica can remember our lives changing very dramatically but she wasn’t old enough when we left a life of real poverty to remember some of what I can remember. And so I suppose this book brought it home to her what kind of existence we could have had, actually.
But she remembers a little?
Oh yeah, yeah. She was 4 or 5 when our fortunes really changed. She can remember the flat we were living in when Harry Potter was published, and she can remember me getting the deal that meant we could buy our own house which looked impossible, at one point. I didn’t think we were going to own our own house maybe ever.