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JKR Quotes: Harry

JKR Quotes: Harry

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Ancestry

Can't tell you [if Harry's the heir of Gryffindor]. Anna Moon's report (October 2000)

[Is Harry related to Godric Gryffindor?] People are always wondering who Harry might be related to. Maybe he is ;) World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[What happend to Harry's grandparents? Will we ever learn about them?] They're all dead and not particularly important to the story, although you will find out a little bit more. World Book Day chat (March 2004)

Middle Name

Yes, he has [got a middle name], it's James, of course! Comic Relief chat (March 2001)

Eyes & Glasses

[Are there any special wizarding powers in your world that depend on the wizard using their eyes to do something?] Why do you want to know this? [Well, because everyone always go on about how Harry's got Lily Potter's eyes.] Aren't you smart - there is something, maybe coming about that, I'm going to say no more - very clever. Newsround interview (October 2002)

[I think the color of Harry's eyes will matter in the books to come. Yes?] Hmmmm... maybe! AOL Chat (October 2000)

[outraged that an Italian dust jacket shows Harry minus his glasses] Don't they understand that they are the clue to his vulnerability? Readers Digest interview (February 2001)

The Scar

As you know, the scar has certain powers, and it gives Harry warnings. I can't say more than that, but there is more to say. Houston Chronicle interview (March 2001)

Magical Skills

No, Harry's not in training to be an animagus; he's not going to have time to do that. He's got quite a full agenda coming up, poor boy. Press Club interview (October 1999, transcribed by Anna Moon at SQ)

If Harry had a magic duel with Hermione, who would win?] Very good question! Because until about halfway through Azkaban, Hermione would have won. But Harry - without anyone really noticing it - is becoming exceptionally good at Defence Against the Dark Arts.  So that's the one area in which, almost instinctively, he is particularly talented. Apart from Quidditch. SWNS Online interview (July 2000)

[Are Harry's powers going to get even greater?] Yes, he's really progressing as a wizard now (which is lucky, because I know what's in store for him).World Book Day chat (March 2004)

Romantic Possibilities

Harry is becoming more girl-fixated, shall we say, as he gets older. He's 14 now, and you will find that girls become a lot more real to him. And more important, because the books are obviously told from a boy's perspective, really. But that's changing now. CBC This Morning Interview (October 2000)

Last time you met him [in PoA], he was 13. He's 14 now and he's started to realize girls are quite interesting," she said. "I tend to think that if someone is sufficiently engaged in one of the books, he's not going to be too disappointed if, at some point, his hero holds hands with a little girl.

[Why did Harry have to split up with Cho Chang?] That's life, I'm afraid. They were never going to be happy, it was better that it ended early!World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[Polly Weasley:] [Will Harry fall for another girl in book six, or will he be too busy for romance?] He'll be busy, but what's life without a little romance?World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[Adele: Thanks for the interview! So... will Harry be receiving a second kiss in his last two years at Hogwarts? ;) ] He might well be receiving another kiss (or two) but I'm not saying who the kisser's going to be...World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[Will Harry and Hermione will be together? *sigh*] lol Not saying... but you've had enough clues by now, surely?!World Book Day chat (March 2004)

Turning Point in GoF

[This (book 4) is the crucial book, because after this book, everything changes. The whole world seems to go through a radical transformation.] Well, it's the end of an era. Book Four is the end of an era for Harry. [He's grown up. This is a rite of passage.] Exactly. He's no longer protected. He's been very protected until now. But he's very young to have that experience. Most of us don't get that until a bit later in life. He's only just coming up to 15 and that's it now. (A photographer sticks his camera against the window and snaps off a bunch of pictures.) He's very exposed now, as you know if you've read the book. If you haven't read the book, I'm not going to give it away. CBC Newsworld Interview (July 2000)

For Harry, that's facing up to fame, really facing up to it for the first time. He's been put into a situation where for the first time he'll get the weight of outside interest. So that's scary. Newsround Interview (October 2000)

[GoF is] the end of an era in the context of the whole series of books. For Harry his innocence is gone. [It’s] the beginning of the deaths. NY Times article (July 2000)

[(GoF) is the crucial book, because after this book, everything changes. The whole world seems to go through a radical transformation.] Well, it's the end of an era. Book Four is the end of an era for Harry. [He's grown up. This is a right of passage.] Exactly. He's no longer protected. He's been very protected until now. But he's very young to have that experience. Most of us don't get that until a bit later in life. He's only just coming up to 15 and that's it now. CBC Newsworld Interview (July 2000)

The Challenges of OotP

I will say that I think he has the hardest time in this book [OotP] because although there are some scary things coming for Harry, in this book no one believes him and also he's a teenager, so to have those two burdens in life at once is quite horrible, but from now on at least everybody knows he's been telling the truth so whatever he has to face, he doesn't have to deal with everyone being so mistrustful of him. Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

[Will Harry tell Neville about the Prophecy?] Harry will tell his nearest and dearest about the prophecy when he's ready. He needs time to digest the news himself first. World Book Day chat (March 2004)

I don't want to give too much away, but Dumbledore is a very wise man who firstly knows Harry is going to have to learn a few hard lessons to prepare him for what maybe coming in his life, so he allows Harry to do a lot of things he wouldn't normally allow another pupil to do and he also unwillingly permits Harry to confront a lot of things he'd rather protect him from but as people who have finished Order of the Phoenix will know, Dumbledore has had to step back a little bit from Harry in an effort to teach him some of life's harder lessons. Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

Harry is not a good enough wizard yet to even attempt to take on Voldemort as Wizard to Wizard. However he has now escaped him three times, four if count the encounter with Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets and he keeps doing it because there is one thing that Voldemort doesn't understand and it is the power that keeps Harry going and we all know what that power is. Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

The Future

I get asked the question about whether I am going to write a book about Harry when he's all grown up quite a lot and I always say you have to wait and see whether he survives to be a grown up. Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

I really miss all of them [characters, when finished writing a book], but I suppose I'm going to have to say Harry because he is my hero and there is a lot of me in Harry… It's Harry's journey and it's Harry's eyes from which you see the world and so he is obviously crucial to the story. Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

[Will Harry become Headmaster of Hogwarts?] I'm not sure I can see Harry in an academic career, he's seen so much action! World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[Rumor: Harry will be asked to become Minister of Magic in book seven] Seventeen is much too young to enter politics. JK Rowling Official Site (May 2004)

General Character Description

Harry is also an old-fashioned hero. What I mean by that is - there's enough human frailty in Harry that people of all ages identify with him, but he's also an honorable, admirable person. Harry can only get to a certain point in an adventure by breaking some rules. His particular role in the group [of three friends] is conscience. He will break the rule if he thinks he's doing for the greater good. But he has a fundamental sense of honor, and he learns that choices show more of who one is than abilities. Boston Globe article (January 1999)

Well, you see, Harry is good. And I personally do not find Harry boring at all. I mean, he has his faults. Ron and Hermione are both very good characters.... CBC Newsworld Interview (July 2000)

Harry has been catapulted into this [the Hogwarts experience], and he operates on a need-to-know basis only. He doesn't really want to go looking things up. The whole thing is very surreal to Harry. He copes in a very different way from Hermione--he's sort of sink-or-swim, I'll just deal with it minute to minute, which is possibly a more boyish way of coping, rather than go over and over all the angles, as I think a lot of young girls do. Harry's more likely than Hermione and Ron to be depressed. He's got to fight harder against that because he went through 10 years of neglect [from his cruel relatives], and that leaves you with an enormous emptiness inside you. He really is a damaged person. So yes, he's more vulnerable. He's also a very brave person, who's going to keep fighting against depression. No one's wholly good. I would say Harry has flaws and failings. He was too proud [in the fourth book] to talk to Ron about what was bothering them both. Harry was walking aro! und thinking, 'I'm the one with all the problems,' and he did have a lot of problems, but Ron had been a faithful friend for three years, and I would have cut Ron a little more slack. And what about Ginny [Ron's younger sister]? Poor Ginny, languishing in love for Harry, and he's merrily asking out other girls right under her nose! But that's just a boy thing. If we're going to talk about flawless little gentlemen, I don't think Harry is one. But he's an old soul compared to Ron, who's just your classic 14-year-old. I see Harry as an old soul. And you meet kids like that; I've taught kids like that. They are my people. I like those kids.Time Pacific Article (December 2000)

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