Harry Potter


"Wizard Harry is to fall under spell of girls"

("The Times" [London], March 28, 2000)

GET your cloak, you've pulled. Harry Potter, the fictional apprentice wizard, is to find a girlfriend and fall under the most magical spell of all (Alex O'Connell writes).
The award-winning author JK Rowling has revealed that her bespectacled children's hero will develop a taste for the opposite sex as he continues growing up through his seven-book odyssey.
Rowling, 34, who recently won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award for her third Potter volume, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, said: "Last time you met him he was 13. He's 14 now and he's started to realise girls are quite interesting.
"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."
She told a news conference at the British Library in Central London that while there are some issues she would never tackle in a children's book - including hard drugs and teenage pregnancies - she would not shy away from addressing adult themes, like love and death, and there will be a death in the next volume.
The Edinburgh author, who has a six-year-old daughter called Jessica, would not confirm if the apple of Harry's eye is a wayward teen or a good witch at Hogwarts. Nor would she say whether Harry had one glass of pumpkin juice too many.