It can be difficult writing a best-selling book series while at the same time that book series is being turned into several successful blockbusters, but JK Rowling (a.k.a. Queen) did it with Harry Potter. And I for one love all the books, but does Rowling love them? It seems as if she might not be completely satisfied with them.
“There were a couple of the Potters and I definitely knew that they needed another year”. She said in a BBC interview in 2012. She also says that she might “rewrite” them; “And I read them, and I think ‘Oh God, maybe I’ll go back and do a director’s cut’, I don’t know.”
Wait what? Why didn’t she just wait another year to publish them then, you – imaginary reader – might wonder?
Well, remember those successful blockbusters? Warner Brothers Studios was making the films and they had a schedule for when they wanted to release the next one in the series. Beyond that the movies leading roles were all played by teenagers and old people, so it was a race against the clock (a race they lost with the first Dumbledore, Richard Harris, when he died in 2002, after the first two movies). The studio knew they needed to make the movies pretty fast, which meant that they needed the source material a.k.a. Rowling’s books.
Furthermore, as some may know, the Harry Potter series enjoyed a little bit of popularity; in Rowling own words it was “A monster that was out of control.” This meant that everybody wanted to meet Rowling, everybody wanted their books signed, and everybody wanted the next book in the series. She “had to write on the run and there were times when it was really tough”.
All in all, it was probably not easy being Rowling in the 6 years where she wrote books, while the movies were made. “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.”
If she rewrites some of the books, it will be really interesting to see which ones. Would she change the couples? And then what would be the “real” thing? What would be canon? Personally I would of course read them, but I think it is too late to change the story now; this story is ended and told. But who knows?