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JK Rowling

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Could J.K. Rowling be heading back to Hogwarts?

With the release this week of The Casual Vacancy, the author's first post–Harry Potter novel, naturally any conversation Rowling has about it inevitably leads to questions regarding the magical universe she created over the course of seven books and whether or not she would ever consider returning to it.

"It was murder saying goodbye, but where Harry's story is concerned, I'm done," Rowling told the BBC. "Now, if I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world, because I loved writing it, I would do it."

She added, "I don't want to go mechanically back into that world and pick up a load of odds and ends and glue them together and say, 'Here we go, we can sell this.' It would make a mockery of what those books were to me."

Rowling also shared that she is tempted to go back and rework a couple of the Potter novels, although she wouldn't reveal which ones.

"I had to write on the run, and there were times when it was really tough," she said. "And I read them, and I think, 'Oh God, maybe I'll go back and do a director's cut,' I don't know."