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J.K. Rowling Talks About "Who Do You Think You Are?" Episode with Radio Times

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Posted by: Stephanie_J
August 01, 2011, 10:39 PM

Author J.K. Rowling recently gave an interview to Radio Times magazine in conjunction with her upcoming episode for the BBC show, "Who Do You Think You Are?"

As Leaky reported in June, Ms. Rowling decided to appear on the show to trace her mother's French ancestry. Excerpts from her interview were published by the AP and can be seen below:

Rowling told the Radio Times that the experience was an upsetting and emotional one. She said taking part in her genealogy research made her so emotional that she cried several times.

"There were a lot of big surprises, some wonderful, and one rather upsetting," she said in an interview.

"However, I went into the program wanting the truth, no matter what it was, because I knew so little about my French ancestry, and I don't regret a moment of it. I loved the whole experience," she added.
She said that she has undertook the project because her mother Anne Volant, who died in 1990, was very interested in her French roots but never got the chance to explore them.

"A huge motivation in looking into my family history is my mother. It's very much bound up in that loss," she said.
J.K. Rowling's episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" is expected towards the end of this month.

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27 Comments

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39 Points

The American version of Who Do You Think You Are is my favourite show. I hope they import this episode from the BBC at some point, I know they’ve done that with some of the other British episodes. It would be absolutely awesome to see this one.

Posted by Allstar on August 01, 2011, 10:53 PM report to moderator
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300 Points

Mine too! Great show and it’s real stories.I would LOVE to see Jo’s mum family history.I bet it was emotional for her like she said.Would make us love her even more,if that’s possible.

Posted by Dlcohm7 on August 01, 2011, 11:15 PM report to moderator
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61 Points

Yes, one of my favorites too. Have always thought I’d love to trace my roots too, but you never know what you’ll be faced with. We had a branch of the family that seemed just gone completely after WWII, and you would have to be ready for what you might find -I suspect that could be the case for JKR as well. Very emotional thing for anyone to look into. I do hope they show it here too -who can we write to?

Posted by CathrynOCamdentowne on August 02, 2011, 12:21 AM report to moderator
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80418 Points

Its a good show…

Posted by Won_Two on August 02, 2011, 12:34 AM report to moderator
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101 Points

it will be interesting to watch

Posted by LoopeyLooneyLuna on August 02, 2011, 01:51 AM report to moderator
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210 Points

Hope they take this episode state side!

Posted by rαdιαnce° [WBM!] on August 02, 2011, 02:10 AM report to moderator
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1527 Points

I can’t wait to see this, I can see that this is very important to Jo and it’ll be great to see what she’s found out!

Posted by Livi22-((ROAR!)) on August 02, 2011, 02:41 AM report to moderator
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444 Points

It is a fascinating show. I hope that we will get to see this one about Rowling here in the US. Anyone know if they will show it, or will it only be in the UK?

Posted by Eeyore on August 02, 2011, 02:53 AM report to moderator
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126 Points

Can’t wait to see this!! I love this show and I’d always hoped they’d one day do an episode with Jo. :-)

Posted by JuleBule on August 02, 2011, 05:35 AM report to moderator
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673 Points

well maybe I’ll get to see it someday :(

Posted by mencia on August 02, 2011, 06:39 AM report to moderator
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2234 Points

This episode will be soo good love you J.K !!!

Posted by maddison R-O-A-R on August 02, 2011, 06:40 AM report to moderator
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321 Points

Love that show.

Posted by HogwartsForever on August 02, 2011, 09:08 AM report to moderator
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14579 Points

never seen it, but it looks really interesting ! Good job to JK for wanting to explore her roots !

Posted by AlexWeasley12 {WitchFelicis130} on August 02, 2011, 09:18 AM report to moderator
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4138 Points

I think I’ll be watching that :D

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on August 02, 2011, 09:53 AM report to moderator
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4852 Points

Can’t wait to watch it! I love the show!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on August 02, 2011, 10:07 AM report to moderator
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