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*JR*
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:03 PM
Stephen King, John Irving join wizard creator for fund-raiser

Tuesday, August 1, 2006 Posted: 1837 GMT

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Two of America's top authors, John Irving and Stephen King, made a plea to J.K. Rowling on Tuesday not to kill the fictional boy wizard Harry Potter in the final book of the series, but Rowling made no promises.

"My fingers are crossed for Harry," Irving said at a joint news conference before a charity reading by the three writers at New York's Radio City Music Hall.

The author of "The World According to Garp" and a string of other bestsellers said he and King felt like "warm-up bands" for Rowling, who is working on the seventh and last book in the Harry Potter series, and who has said two characters will die.

King, who shot to fame in 1974 with "Carrie," said he had confidence that Rowling would be "fair" to her hero.

"I don't want him to go over the Reichenbach Falls," King said in a reference to Arthur Conan Doyle's effort to kill off fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. Pressure from fans eventually led Conan Doyle to resurrect Holmes, who was found in a later story to have survived.

Rowling, a Briton whose books have sold 300 million copies worldwide according to her publishers, said she was well into the process of writing the final book.

"I feel quite liberated," she said.

"I can resolve the story now and it's fun in a way it wasn't before because finally I've reached my resolution, and I think some people will loathe it and some people will love it, but that's how it should be."

"We're working towards the end I always planned but a couple of characters I expected to survive have died and one character got a reprieve," she said, declining to elaborate.

Asked about the wisdom of killing off fictional characters, Rowling said she didn't enjoy killing the major character who died in book six -- for the sake of those who haven't read it yet she avoided naming the victim -- but she said the conventions of the genre demanded the hero go on alone.

"I understand why an author would kill a character from the point of view of not allowing others to continue writing after the original author is dead," she added, leaving the door open to the worst fears of some fans -- that Harry could die.

King recalled that when he had a character kick a dog to death in his novel "The Dead Zone," he received more letters of complaint than ever, to his surprise.

"You want to be nice and say 'I'm sorry you didn't like that,' but I'm thinking to myself number one, he was a dog not a person, and number two, the dog wasn't even real," he said.

"I made that dog up, it was a fake dog, it was a fictional dog, but people get very, very involved," King said.

Rowling noted that Irving had killed off many more characters than she had. (Irving said he makes up a "casualty list" before he starts his novels, and therefore death scenes seem like they've "already happened.")

"When fans accuse me of sadism, which doesn't happen that often, I feel I'm toughening them up to go on and read John and Stephen's books," she said. "I think they've got to be toughened up somehow. It's a cruel literary world out there."

Mateo Mathieu
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:08 PM
So, what? Harry Potter isn't even real person :p Kill him! :devil:

Viktymise
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:13 PM
I hate the book and the whole buzz around it, the sooner he dies the better :lol:

Sam L
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:22 PM
So, what? Harry Potter isn't even real person :p Kill him! :devil:
But Fleur Delacour is real. :lol:

harloo
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:40 PM
I say kill him, but what I hate is that so many children read those books and will be dissapointed.

Adult readers who become outraged over her decision should seek professional help though.:tape: :lol:

Pheobo
Aug 2nd, 2006, 03:59 PM
I think he should die. Make sure those little kids know that sometimes (most of the time) the bad guy wins. It will prepare them for life.

tennisboi
Aug 2nd, 2006, 04:37 PM
Harry will die it's obvious

moby
Aug 2nd, 2006, 05:04 PM
I hope she opts for some lame ending that makes all her readers go "Huh?" or "WTH?".

Like, "And Harry woke up in his cupboard under the staircase in Privet Drive, all of eleven, and shaking his head in disbelief at that dream that had condensed seven magical years into one sweltering summer night."

That would make my day. :haha:

IceHock
Aug 2nd, 2006, 05:10 PM
I can't wait to read it,I love the series.

Ellery
Aug 2nd, 2006, 05:29 PM
I hope she opts for some lame ending that makes all her readers go "Huh?" or "WTH?".

Like, "And Harry woke up in his cupboard under the staircase in Privet Drive, all of eleven, and shaking his head in disbelief at that dream that had condensed seven magical years into one sweltering summer night."

That would make my day. :haha:

:haha: :haha: That would be great :haha:

-Ph51-
Aug 2nd, 2006, 05:33 PM
But if you do...please do it slowly :D

Pheobo
Aug 2nd, 2006, 06:14 PM
I hope she opts for some lame ending that makes all her readers go "Huh?" or "WTH?".

Like, "And Harry woke up in his cupboard under the staircase in Privet Drive, all of eleven, and shaking his head in disbelief at that dream that had condensed seven magical years into one sweltering summer night."

That would make my day. :haha:


I love it. The poor abused kid just dreaming of a happier life

How bitter :lol:

Wigglytuff
Aug 2nd, 2006, 06:48 PM
blah, she should ignore all these other authors, she knows what she is doing.

Brooklyn90
Aug 2nd, 2006, 06:53 PM
i say kill the little bastard!

The_Pov
Aug 2nd, 2006, 07:27 PM
Do it JK kill the little brat...like you should have done 4 books ago!

Nickk
Aug 2nd, 2006, 07:28 PM
I'm totally convinced that Harry won't die.
He will be absolutely fine.

The_Pov
Aug 2nd, 2006, 08:09 PM
I'm totally convinced that Harry won't die.
He will be absolutely fine.

No he has to die, JK has single handedly ruined my friends life...he's called Harry Potter (although he makes us call him Henry)

Therefore Harry Potter (the fictional one) has to die to prevent any more books being written!

Kart
Aug 2nd, 2006, 08:29 PM
If he dies in the last one, I might actually bother to read the books.