jo rowling’s themes meme ♔ [1/5] » dealing with/facing up to death
“I think what I was trying to do with the death in this book [OotP] was show how very arbitrary and sudden death is. This is a death where you didn’t have a big death bed scene. It happened almost accidentally and that is one of the very cruel things about death and they’re now in a war situation where that really does happen, where one minute you’re talking to your friend and the next minute he’s gone. It’s so shocking and so inexplicable… “Where did they go?” I found it upsetting to write, because I knew what it would mean to Harry.”. Not only is death a major theme in the Harry Potter series but Jo also had to deal with her own mother’s sudden death.
Hermione reminds me of me when I was younger - JK Rowling.
“ Remus Lupin was supposed to be on the H.I.V. metaphor. It was someone who had been infected young, who suffered stigma, who had a fear of infecting others, who was terrified he would pass on his condition to his son. And it was a way of examining prejudice, unwarranted prejudice towards a group of people. And also, examining why people might become embittered when they’re treated that unfairly. ”
J.K. Rowling (via albinwonderland)
And of the actors I can only say I could never have dreamt the talent we’d have in these films but there are seven that, in private, I refer to as the Big Seven and that’s Dan, Rupert, Emma, Matt, Evanna, Bonnie and Tom. JK Rowling
This may surprise people but it is the truth, in many many ways Hufflepuff is my favourite house. There comes a point in the final book where each house has the choice whether or not to rise to a certain challenge, the Slytherins for reasons understandable decide they’d rather not play. The Ravenclaws - some do, some decide they won’t. The Hufflepuffs, virtually to a person, decide to stay. As too do the Gryffindors. Now the Gryffindors comprise a lot of fool-hardy and show-offy people, that’s just the way it is - I’m a Gryffindor I’m allowed to say that. You know there’s bravery and there’s also show-boating, sometimes the two go together. The Hufflepuffs stayed for a different reason - they weren’t trying to show off, they weren’t being reckless, that’s the essence of Hufflepuff house.
Now my eldest child, my daughter Jessica said something very profound to me not very many days ago, she said to me - and she by the way was not sorted into Hufflepuff house - she said to me, “I think we should all want to be Hufflepuffs.” I can only say to you that I would not be at all disappointed to be sorted into Hufflepuff house so I’m a little upset anyone does feel that way.”
JK Rowling, live webchat 11/10/2012 (via fuckyeahhufflepuff)
Harry is a boy who needs some fun, and he gets that from Ron, and he’s also a boy who, even though he’s been marked for this strange destiny, doesn’t know a lot - and that’s where Hermione comes in. So I give Harry these two friends who give him things he needs.
“ Just think of how many more books I could have sold if Harry had been a bit more creative with his wand. ”
Emma Watson interested in J.K. Rowling’s “director’s cut” idea (x)
I sat and thought for four hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn’t know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.
Actually finishing it was the most remarkable feeling I’ve ever had… [I felt] euphoria, devastated… I was in a hotel room on my own, sobbing my heart out. I downed half a bottle of champagne in one and went home with mascara all over my face.
— J. K. Rowling.