As fans eagerly await the two-part film adaptation of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final chapter in the boy-wizard series, "Potter" creator J.K. Rowling is thinking ahead. On Monday the author said that while she has no plans to do so now, she could see herself writing additional tales about the Boy Who Lived "maybe 10 years from now."
Rowling made the remark in Washington, D.C., at the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House. She gave a reading to a small group of children and then took questions,
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While it sounds like more "Potter" is at least a decade away, Rowling isn't planning to put her pen down in the interim. Responding to a question about whether she wanted to write more, the author replied, "Yes, I do, and I am. I'm quite sure in the not-too-distant future I will bring out another book." She also said that the name "Potter" comes from her childhood neighbors. Rowling always preferred their name to hers, and she admitted that kids used to tease her with nicknames like "rolling pin."
Rowling's first "Potter" book, published in the U.K. in 1997, was "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone." It was later renamed "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" for its American publication in 1998.
Six books followed, with "Deathly Hallows" closing out the series in 2007. The "Potter" books are highly regarded for their accessibility to kids and adults alike, with more than 400 million copies sold and records broken for the final four releases as the fastest-selling books of all time.
"Sorcerer's Stone" was adapted into a movie that was released in late 2001. One film for each book has followed since then; "Deathly Hallows," which is a dense, lengthy read in book form, was split into two for its adaptation so that the key plot points could all be wrapped up. The first part arrives in theaters on November 19; the second will follow in 2011, on July 15.
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