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jeudi 18 novembre 2010

Will J.K. Rowling continue to work her wizardry in new Harry Potter books?

Le présent article est dû à la plume de Jonathan Goldberg, que je remercie. Une traduction en français sera publiée prochainement.

The British author of the Harry Potter book series has cast a spell on millions of children and adults throughout the globe by creating for them a new imaginary world of magic. But the lives of three children, in particular, will never ever be the same again. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) , Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron) were chosen in 2000 for the first Harry Potter film (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, released in the USA as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) when they were 11, 10 and 12 years  of age respectively.

August 23, 2000: Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe
attend a photocall to present the new cast of the Harry Potter films, in London

Following the success of the first four of Rowling’s books, Warner Brothers bought the movie rights to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. That was followed by movies of The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of Phoenix, and then The Half-Blood Prince, released in 2009, when Daniel was 20, Emma 19 and Rupert 21. The three actors have now been playing HP roles for half of their life spans.

Watson with fellow stars Radcliffe and Grint in a scene from Harry Potter
 and the Prisoner of Azkaban  Photo: AP

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is being released in two parts – the first last week in London and next week in the USA, and the second in 2011 (in 3-D).

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


The first six Warner Bros. movies have amassed $5.4 billion at theaters worldwide.  Sales of Harry Potter books, movies and other products have totaled nearly16 billion dollars.

The seven novels on which the movies are based account for 400 million books sold in 69 languages.

Emma Watson, who was born in Paris, and is now a sophomore at Brown University, USA, is rated by the Guinness Book of Records (2010 edition) as the “Highest Average Box-Office Gross for an Actress” in the last decade. Vanity Fair puts her 2009 income at £20 million ($40 million).  The magazine said her fee for appearing in the final two parts of series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” was £10 million ($20 million). She has also picked up lucrative advertising contracts and is the face of fashion chain Burberry.


Guinness ranks Radcliffe as the “Highest-Grossing Actor of the Decade”. His income for 2009 was placed at £25.6m (over $50 million). The magazine said Radcliffe pulled in £40m for his role in the final two Harry Potter films.

Author J.K. Rowling was interviewed by Oprah. (Oprah is among the richest women in America and Rowling one of the richest in the UK.) . The interview took place at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, where she completed her last book.  The two billionaire women both came from very poor homes. Both speak in that interview of their feelings of financial insecurity.

The interview appears below in three segments (with French subtitles):



The photos taken at the recent (November 11)  London premiere of the first part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter et les reliques de la mort in French) show how grown-up and sophisticated the three actors have become since the first movie was released.

Rupert Grint, Emma Watson (Hermione) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), 2010

All the seven Harry Potter books have now been made into movies. Will J. K. Rowling extend the series? She tells Ophrah that she does not believe so – but she then adds, with a magical twinkle in her eyes: “I never say never.”  When Radcliffe heard that, he retorted: “"Oh God, she promised me categorically that there wouldn't be another book involving Harry,"

A serious discussion is taking place as to whether Rowling should write more HP books. Novelist Naomi Alderman and children's writer Frank Cottrell Boyce have debated whether another Harry Potter would be too much of a good thing.

Whether or not Harry Potter will continue to work his charms in the pages of new books, his wizardry will continue to be experienced in new and imaginative forms, such as at the Orlando theme park, “Wizarding World of Harry Potter”.


The International Quidditch Association just hosted the Quidditch World Cup in Manhattan. Quidditch—made famous by the Harry Potter series—combines rugby, basketball, dodge ball, and tag.
There is a whole new “industry” of Harry Potter fan fiction and a growing online fan baseAnd the HP experience provides a fertile field of investigation and commentary for psychologists and others seeking to cash in on the magic name of Harry Potter.

The Psychology of Harry Potter

For French Potter readers who wish to read the original English versions, here is a bilingual glossary of Harry Potter terms: http://boissinoth.free.fr/lexique/lexique.php

Multi-jobbing actress: Harry Potter star Emma Watson, 19, designs for sustainable brand People Tree.

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Multi-jobbing actress: Harry Potter star Emma Watson, 19, designs for sustainable brand People Tree. Photo: REUTERS

1 commentaire:

  1. I loved Harry Potter books - the first ones I read were the first three, in French, that my son Nicolas gave me for Christmas many years ago. I asked if I wasn't a little old for that, and he said that in the métro in Paris, half the passengers were reading Harry Potter.
    So I read the first one, and I was hooked!
    After that we pre-ordered from Amazon in English and had the book delivered the day it was released - and Nicolas would take a day off of work, plus the week-end, and read it until he finished, barely stopping to eat (a record for him) and then give it to me, where I would read into the wee hours of the night.
    So I would personally say that this series of books is finished, and I hope she will use her talents developing an other set of characters.