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JKR Quotes: The Younger Generation

 

JKR Quotes: The Younger Generation

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Ginny

Ginny (full name Ginevra, not Virginia), is the first girl to be born into the Weasley clan for several generations. JK Rowling Official Site

Middle names: Ginny is Molly, of course, Hermione 'Jane' and Ron, poor boy, is Bilius. World Book Day chat (March 2004)

Well, now that Ginny has stopped being mute in Harry's presence I think you can see that she is a fairly forceful personality (and she always has been, remember Ron saying that she 'never shuts up' in Chamber of Secrets)? World Book Day chat (March 2004)

In Book IV Harry does decide he likes a girl, but it's not Hermione or Ginny. However, he's only 14, so there's plenty of time for him to change his mind. ;-) Scholastic Chat (February 2000)

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. Time Pacific Article (December 2000)

[Will Harry ever notice the long-suffering Ginny Weasley?] You'll see... poor Ginny, eh? Comic Relief chat (March 2001)

Ginny (Weasley) does have a bigger role in Book Five. Oregonian Article (October 2000)

(The train's whistle blows.) Oh no, is that us? (The train pulls slowly out of the station as Rowling waves exuberantly to a long line of fans. An elderly woman waves and wipes a mock tear from her cheek. A young girl runs along with the train, waving with all her might.) Oh God, this is heartbreaking, isn't it? This is like a long torture. It's always the little freckly girls, 'cause I was a little freckly girl. They warm my heart. CBC Newsworld Interview (July 2000)

Neville

[Will Neville have a bigger part to play?] I think he's already got a much bigger part. Neville has changed a lot as he's become older and more confident. Book five was a real turning point for Neville. World Book Day chat (March 2004)

I deeply admire bravery in all forms. That’s why in Book 1, if people have read Book 1, they’ll remember that Neville Longbottom who is a comic-- But he’s not a wholly comic figure to me. Neville is actually quite a tragic figure to me as well, because there’s a lot of Neville in me. This feeling of just never being quite good enough. I mean we’ve all felt that at some point. I felt that a lot when I was younger. I wanted to show Neville doing something brave. It’s not as spectacularly brave as Harry and Hermione do, but he finds true moral courage in standing up to his closest friends, the people who are on his side, but he still thinks they are doing wrong and he tells them so. So, that’s a very important moment for me too in the first book. The Connection interview

Luna

I don't know where Luna came from, but again I think many people would have met a Luna who is slightly out of step, but I really like Luna. She's really fun to write and in many ways Luna is the anti-Hermione because Hermione is so logical and so inflexible whereas Luna is the one who is prepared to believe a thousand mad things before breakfast. Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

Dean Thomas

I had a lot of background on Dean, though I had never found the right place to use it. His story was included in an early draft of 'Chamber of Secrets' but then cut by me, because it felt like an unnecessary digression. Now I don't think his history will ever make it into the books.

Dean is from what he always thought was a pure Muggle background. He has been raised by his mother and his stepfather; his father walked out on the family when Dean was very young. He has a very happy home life, with a number of half-brothers and sisters.

Naturally when the letter came from Hogwarts Dean's mother wondered whether his father might have been a wizard, but nobody has ever discovered the truth: that Dean's father, who had never told his wife what he was because he wanted to protect her, got himself killed by Death Eaters when he refused to join them. The projected story had Dean discovering all this during his school career. I suppose in some ways I sacrificed Dean's voyage of discovery for Neville's, which is more important to the central plot. JK Rowling Official Site

Dudley

You should keep an eye on Dudley. I feel truly sorry for him because I see him as just as abused as Harry, though in possibly a less obvious way. Cinescape article (November 2000)

Harry is very subversive in how he gets back at his terrible relatives. He's a fully developed character, not a victim or saint. Yes, he wants to get back at Dudley. He's a human boy, and we the readers want him to get back at Dudley. And, in the long term, trust me, he will. American Library Association Book Links interview (July 1999)

[I want to know what Dudley does with his life.] That is a question I would love to answer, but it will ruin some surprises. I will only say that Dudley's privileged existence starts to change for the worse in Book 4.Barnes & Noble chat (March 1999)

[What did Dudley see when he faced the Dementors in book five?] Ah, good question. You'll find out! World Book Day chat (March 2004)

Draco

Don't believe everything you read on the Net! I saw that rumor too [Harry and Draco working together], but it is just a rumor. Yahooligans chat (October 2000)

Malfoy is a made up name. But you could say it was old French for "bad faith." Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

He is the bully of the most refined type in that unlike Dudley, Harry's cousin who is a physical bully, but really not bright enough to access all of your weak points. Draco is, um, he's a snob. He's a bigot and he's a bully, and as I say, inthe most refined sense, he knows exactly what will hurt people and the scary thing is, but the predictable thing is that most of the children I meet say that they know him or they know her because you get female Malfoys as well. Connection Interview (October 1999, transcribed by Catwoman at SQ)

[Stephen Fry: One of the most horrible and brilliant inventions of the books is the idea of snobbery, the purebloods and mudbloods and mixed breeding, which is a reflection of some of the things such as racism and intolerance, things we have in our world. Is that deliberate or did it come to you in a flash?] It is deliberate. The first time Harry meets Draco, he [Draco] is very rude about Muggles. Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

This is going to sound awful but I've met enough bad people in my life to have a fairly shrewd idea of what I want baddies to be like. I think from all of the letters I get from people your age (points to audience) I think all of you know a Draco Malfoy and I think the girls will almost all know a Pansy Parkinson. We all grow up with those sorts of people and certainly as adults we've all met Lucius Malfoy and some of the other characters. [Stephen Fry: Mafloy, Goyle & Crabbe are almost irredeemably bad. There's almost nothing about Goyle and Crabbe who really are repulsive. Malfoy I suppose is very stylish in his nastiness.] He's very stylish in the film. [SF: And in the books as well, I think?] Yes, he does have a certain flair. Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

[Do you have any future plans in particular for Draco Malfoy?] I've got plans for all my characters. Actually, this is a really good place to answer a question about Draco and Hermione, which a certain Ms. Radcliffe is desperate to have answered. Will they end up together in book six/seven? NO! The trouble is, of course, that girls fancy Tom Felton, but Draco is NOT Tom Felton! (My daughter likes TF very much too, because he taught her how to use a diablo.) World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[Is Draco an only child?] Yes. You wouldn't want more Dracos, would you?! World Book Day chat (March 2004)

And lately I've noticed people like dressing up as Draco a lot more, which I'm finding a little bit worrying. (To audience) I think you're all getting far too fond of Draco. Royal Albert Hall (June 2003)

Theodore Nott

As in the case of Dean Thomas, I know much more about Theodore Nott than has ever appeared in the books. Raised by a very elderly widower and Death Eater father, Theodore is a clever loner who does not feel the need to join gangs, including Malfoy's.

However, in this scene Theodore's father (the same Nott who was badly injured in the closing chapters of 'Order of the Phoenix') goes to visit Lucius Malfoy to discuss Voldemort-related business and we see Draco and Theodore alone in the garden having a talk of their own. I really liked the scene, firstly because it showed the Malfoys' home, and the difference between the place where Draco has grown up and number four, Privet Drive; then because we rarely see Draco talking to anybody he considers a real equal, and he is forced to see Theodore as such, because Theodore is just as pure-blooded as he is, and somewhat cleverer. Together these two Death Eaters' sons discuss Dumbledore's regime at Hogwarts and Harry Potter, with all sorts of stories that the Death Eaters tell about how this baby boy survived the Dark Lord's attack. JK Rowling Official Site

Pansy

[If you could be any female character in Harry Potter … which one would you be?] Hermione. Definitely not Pansy Parkinson. World Book Day chat (March 2004)

Percy

[What's to become of poor old Percy? will he side with Fudge or with his family?] Good question! You'll find out in book five! Yahooligans chat (October 2000)

[Was Percy acting entirely of his own accord in Order of the Phoenix?] I'm afraid so.World Book Day chat (March 2004)

Susan Bones

Susan Bones' grandparents were killed by Voldemort! Yahooligans chat (October 2000)

Viktor Krum

[Will we be seeing Krum again any time soon?] You will see Krum again, though not soon. World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[What happened between Hermione and Viktor Krum during the summer?] Ron would like to know that, too.World Book Day chat (March 2004)

The Weasley Family

I have always been drawn to the idea of large families, even as a child. The Harry Potter books were my chance to create my own, ideal big family, and my hero is never happier than when holidaying with the seven Weasleys. Herald Sun article (May 2000)

In Britain and Ireland the weasel has a bad reputation as an unfortunate, even malevolent, animal. However, since childhood I have had a great fondness for the family mustelidae; not so much malignant as maligned, in my opinion. There are also many superstitions associated with redheaded people and most state that they are in some way unlucky (Judas Iscariot was supposedly red-haired), but this is nonsense; I happen to like red hair as well as weasels. JK Rowling Official Site

I'm fascinated with big families in the stories I like, probably because I'm from such a small one. My parents were so young when they married-- my mother was only 20 when she had me, 23 for my sister Di -- that we had four living grandparents and lots of great aunts and uncles. But they soon began to die, including my mother from multiple screlosis when I was 25, so now there's only me, my sister, my grandmother, jessica, my father and one aunt. Macleans article (November 2000)

[How old are Charlie and Bill Weasley in relation to their other siblings?] Oh dear, maths. Let me think. Bill is two years older than Charlie, who is two years older than Percy. World Book Day chat (March 2004)

[Where do wizarding children go to school before Hogwarts?] They can either go to a Muggle primary school or they are educated at home. The Weasleys were taught by Mrs. Weasley. World Book Day chat (March 2004)

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