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JKR Quotes: Magical Creatures & Beings

JKR Quotes: Magical Creatures & Beings

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But of course, Crookshanks isn't all cat. Read 'Fantastic Beasts...'! World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[Rumor: Crookshanks is an Animagus] No, he's not, but he's not pure cat either. If you buy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (all royalties to Comic Relief, which means you're helping some of the poorest children around the world) you might just be able to work out what Crookshanks really is. JK Rowling Official Site (May 2004)

I am not overly fond of cats. Like Hagrid, I am allergic to them and much prefer dogs. However, there was an exception. When I was working in London in the late 1980s I used to eat my lunch in a nearby square on sunny days and a large, fluffy ginger cat that looked as though it had run face-first into a wall used to prowl around the sunbathers there; I assume it lived in a nearby house. I didn't ever get close enough to give myself an asthma attack, but I became distantly fond of this cat, which prowled among the humans around it looking disdainful and refusing to be stroked. When I decided to give Hermione an unusually intelligent cat I gave him the appearance of this haughty animal, with the slightly unfair addition of bandy legs. Crookshanks, as anybody who has read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will have guessed, is half Kneazle. And if you don't know what a Kneazle is, you need to hurry up and buy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (all royalties go to! help some of the poorest children in the world). JK Rowling Official Site (May 2004)

[Is there something more to the cats appearing in the books than first meets the eye? (i.e. Mrs. Figg's cats, Crookshanks, Prof. McGonagall as a cat, etc.)] Ooooo, another good question. Let's see what I can tell you without giving anything, can't do it, sorry. Scholastic Chat (October 2000)


Now in an interview you said that Firenze, the Centaur, was based on a friend of yours - but we've hardly seen anything of Firenze. Well, just keep your eyes open. And the Centaur's Prophecy at the end of Philosophers Stone... He'll come back - enough said. Not everyone has read book four. Newsround Interview (October 2000)


[Will we see Moaning Myrtle again?] Oh yes, I love Myrtle, I couldn't shut her out for long.World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[I find Moaning Myrtle is the saddest character in your books, inspiring a mixture of revulsion and pity. Does she play any further part?] You do see her again. Don't you like her? I know she's a bit revolting, but that's why I'm so fond of her. World Book Day chat (March 2004)

Nearly Headless Nick

In the first draft of 'Chamber of Secrets', Nick sang a self-penned ballad explaining how his head had (nearly) come off. My editor was not very fond of the song and so I cut it. However, for those who are curious, here is the story of Nick's decapitation in his own moving words.... JK Rowling Official Site (Click the link to read Nick's song!) (May 2004)

Dobby and Winky

[How is Dobby able to apparate inside Hogwarts if no one else can?] He's a house-elf, they've got powers wizards haven't got (but wizards have also got powers that house-elves haven't). World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[Will Winky ever recover?] Poor Winky... she'll never be entirely cured of her Butterbeer addiction, I'm afraid. World Book Day chat (March 2004)


[Will Aragog appear in any later books?] Yes. But I'm not telling you any more than that! Barnes & Noble chat (September 1999)


You tend to find at Hogwarts that anything that's dangerous ends up in the forest... so that's where Fluffy was released, so he's roaming round in the forest... Blue Peter interview (March 2001)


But the Dementors, uh, it's so hard to trace the origin of something. I saw these things and I knew what I wanted them to do, but they became, as I really thought about what they did, I realized that's what I was doing. That's normally the way it happens with me. I don't consciously think 'And now, I will create the personification of depression' but as I'm creating them I realize what I'm doing. You know, what unconsciously is going on. So they create an absence of feeling, which is my experience of depression. It is an absence.CBC Newsworld Interview (July 2000)

[One young Canadian boy earlier asked her how Dementors breed. "I was just so pleased that he thought about it and pleased that I had the answer," Rowling told The Canadian Press. These evil creatures don't, by the way, breed but grow like a fungus where there is decay.] Canadian Press article (October 2000)


At the end of Goblet of Fire, we sent Harry home more depressed than he had ever been leaving Hogwarts. Now I knew that the Thestrals were coming, and I can prove that, because they are in the book that I produced for Comic Relief, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." These unlucky black winged horses. However, if Harry had seen them then, and we hadn't explained them then, I thought that would be rather a cheat on the reader in that Harry suddenly sees these monsters but we don't go anywhere with them, so to explain to myself I said that you had to have seen the death and allowed it to sink in a little bit before slowly these creatures became solid in front of you, so that's how I am going to sneak past that one. Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

The Flying Car

[Will we ever hear from Mr. Weasley's car again?] Yes, you will hear from Mr. Weasley's car again, but yet again, I'm not telling you how. Barnes & Noble chat (September 1999)

Sorting Hat

And there's a new sorting hat song. Newsround Interview (September 2002)

There is more to the Sorting Hat than what you have read about in the first three books. Readers will find out what the Sorting Hat becomes as they get into future books. InfoPlease article (January 2000)

[Can we believe everything the sorting hat says?] The Sorting Hat is certainly sincere. World Book Day chat (March 2004)

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