J.K. Rowling Talks About Living in a “Potter Household” with Oprah

HollywoodNews.com: In one of the clips not aired during the television broadcast of “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, J.K. Rowling discusses reading Harry Potter to her son and her desire to have him experience the films after they’ve read the books.

The interview with Oprah, which took place at the Balmoral Hotel (where Rowling was staying when she completed writing the final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), was the first ever meeting of the two media powerhouses. In the first clip, J.K. Rowling discusses reading Harry Potter with her son:

Oprah: So we imagine that your house is a Potter household and everybody reads…have all the children read all the books?

JKR: No. David, I read David the first one – he’s seven – and we’re gonna start the second one quite soon. My dread is that they’ll go to someone else’s house and see the films there before I get to read them the books so I should, maybe send a slip around to other parents saying “please do not show Potter films; have not seen yet.” I really – obviously – I want them to read the books first.

Oprah: Yeah. And what was that like, reading to your son the first one?

JKR: Bizarre. Because I hadn’t read Philosopher’s Stone, uh, for years…for years, so you see nothing but the flaws. And yet, I finished the book and thought, “Wow. That’s quite a good story! I can see why people like that!” (laughs) You know, it was pretty much incredible, incredible. And then he wanted me to make him a spellbook. But what’s phenomenal is he, he…I think children only semi-get it in that, although he knows I wrote the books. He was asking me to make him a spellbook as any child would ask their mother to make them a spellbook, you know? It wasn’t because I wrote the books that he wanted me to make the spellbook, it was just because I was his mother.

Oprah: So you don’t think he fully gets that you are the mother of Harry Potter?

JKR: I think he’s getting there; a helpful child walked up to him on the playground and said, “Your mother’s J.K. Rowling. She’s famous!” So that was helpful.

The clip can be viewed on Oprah’s website.

Photo courtesy of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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