Older Video of J.K.Rowling Speech Talking Book SevenJ.K. Rowling
Dissendium.com has unearthed rare video of a speech author J.K. Rowling gave several years ago, where she briefly discusses Harry turning 17 and doing magic outside of Hogwarts, and what that may mean for Dudley in Book Seven. You can see this video here. (note poor audio quality) If you are having trouble watching the video, try this link.
The transcript is as follows:
"Kathleen is from my dad's mum, one of my grandparents, which is really lucky because the other grandmother is called Frida. So I think I lucked out actually getting Kathleen there somehow.
How many books am I planning to write, Harry Potter books? There will be seven in total. One for each - oh, you look happy, I'm so glad. That would be very depressing if you went, "Oh, no. Kindly give it a rest now." He's going to be at Hogwarts for seven years. In the seventh book he'll turn 17. In my wizarding world, you come of age at 17. So in book seven he'll be allowed to use magic outside school. Ha ha. So Dudley's really going to be in trouble. [Laughter] Now look at you being nasty to Dudley. I get letters from parents saying I'm mean because I make Harry be nasty to Dudley. And I'm like, have you read Dudley, do you understand what Dudley's like? I Mean, there's turning the other cheek and there's just being a moron!"
While Jo has made comments in the past about Harry doing magic outside of school once he reaches the age of 17, as seen in this interview from 1999 with Barnes and Noble, this is a new video of her. We are trying to find out more as to where and when this was recorded and will update with that when we can. Enjoy!
Thanks to Dissendium.com!