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Finished reading Deathly Hallows? What's a Harry Potter fan to do next?
Finishing the book doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to Harry!
Wotcher! I'm a huge fan of the Harry Potter series, and now that I've zoomed through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, I'm a little sad that there won't be a Year 8 at Hogwarts! I've decided to share some ideas about what to do next, for all the fans out there who are missing Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and the whole gang!
Whether you'll be taking up a new hobby to get over the end of the story, or starting a new book, or just catching up on laundry, here is a place to gather and share ideas and thoughts on life with and without Harry Potter.
NOTE: Some sections of this page may contain information about what happens in Deathly Hallows. Sections that may contain spoilers are near the bottom of the page. If you don't want to know, don't read the sections marked SPOILER ALERT. I don't want to receive any howlers about ruining any surprises. Thanks.
July 31, 2008: The Tales of Beedle the Bard available for pre-order!
First of all, Happy Birthday to JK Rowling and Harry Potter! I raise my butterbeer to you both!
I found out today that The Tales of Beedle the Bard is available for pre-order! These Tales were referenced in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and now you can actually buy the collection. The tales have been compared to Aesop's fables and the stories of the Brothers Grimm. Enjoy!
Did you cry while reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
Tell the truth: Did you cry? - Be honest; you're among friends!
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was a very intense, emotional story. Author JK Rowling admits that she cried and cried after finishing the book, and that chapter 34 was especially emotional for her. What about you?
What to read after Deathly Hallows? - you might want to give these books a try!
I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan, but there are some other great stories out there as well. If you're looking for something to read now that you've finished at Hogwarts, here are some recommendations. If you have other suggestions, please add your comment to the guestbook at the bottom of this page. Thank you!
- The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, by J.R.R. Tolkien)
- The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis
- A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle
Read the books that bumped Potter from #1 on the bestseller list
Twilight, by Stephenie Meyers, is described as equal parts suspense and romance. Fans of Cedric Diggory will enjoy imagining actor Robert Pattinson (who played Cedric) as the beautiful and dangerous vampire, Edward Cullen. The movie is due out in December, 2008. For now, read the books...
More of what to read after Harry Potter
The Xanth books, by Piers Anthony, are a good introduction to fantasy novels. They are fairly light and humorous, and there are lots of volumes to keep a Harry Potter fan busy until the next movie comes out!
Try cooking up some of your own Hogwarts recipes
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to drink pumpkin juice? Curious about treacle tarts and butterbeer? Here is a wonderful little collection of recipes, in case you don't have a house elf, Honeyduke's or Three Broomsticks near you.
More books to read after Harry Potter...
Eoin Colfer describes his book, Artemis Fowl, as "Die Hard with fairies." Fans of Artemis Fowl enjoy the thrilling high-tech weaponry, witty dialogue, and James Bond style adventure.
Here are some other titles to try:
- Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
- The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Clare
- Divergent, by Veronica Roth
- The Adventurers Wanted series, by M.L. Forman
- The Heroes of Olympus series, by Rick Riordan
What did Daniel Radcliffe do after finishing Deathly Hallows?
an excerpt from an EW interview
What did you do when you finished reading Deathly Hallows?
I was in a car at the time. I had my iPod in, and I was listening to Sigur RÃ³s. I don't know if you know them. They're a band who do sort of instrumental music, but it's just amazing. I think they're from Scandinavia somewhere. They've got an album called Takk...I was listening to, and it's very, very appropriate [for the end of Deathly Hallows]. I was listening to it and I remember I was sort of turned away from everybody else in the car, just so I could be in my own little world when I read it. What did I do when I finished? I think I just put the book down and carried on listening to the music. Just looked out of the car window, 'cause I couldn't think of what else to do. I'm still struggling to really take it in. It doesn't leave you in a hurry.
More suggestions for post-Potter reading!
Thanks to tandemonimom for suggesting the Fablehaven books!
July 26, 2007: Rowling will write more about Harry and friends!
the Epilogue was made vague on purpose
I was so happy to read today that JK Rowling will be giving us more information on Harry and the others! She explained that it was her intention to make the Epilogue rather vague, as though you were viewing the scene through a fog. Without giving anything away here, the information she has long guarded about plots and particulars is now shared generously. She plans to write an encyclopedia on the characters from the books, including what the survivors do in the years after the conclusion of Deathly Hallows, and I can hardly wait! Thank you, Jo! Of course, I expect she'll take a nice long vacation before beginning that project, and she should. She deserves it!
Brew your own Butterbeer!
come up with your own perfect brew
Experiment with these ingredients to find just the right brew for you! A nip of butterbeer now and then will help keep you in the Hogwarts mood.
Step One: Start with Cream Soda
Step Two: Add some butterscotch flavor (look for these flavorings at your grocery store)
Torani Butterscotch Syrup
Torani Butter Rum Syrup - Italian Syrup 750ml - 25.4oz
Butterscotch Pure Cane Syrup
Stirling Gourmet Butterscotch Coffee Flavoring Syrup
Butter Rum Coffee Flavoring, 1/3 oz.
I have had a hard time finding butterscotch syrup or extract at the grocery store, so I came up with a tasty combination on my own. Use a can of cream soda, and about 1/4 teaspoon each of butter flavoring, vanilla flavoring, and rum flavoring (adjust to your preference). I like my butterbeer cold, so I put it on ice, and YUM!
Printable butterbeer labels
Some generous Potter fan has made these butterbeer labels with some clever Photoshop work. Now you can make your brew look authentic with these labels from The Three Broomsticks and Hog's Head Tavern. Print and paste butterbeer labels!
Treacle (Golden and Black)
Curious about treacle? You can get it here! - most of us in the US have never seen it
Maybe those of you who are world travelers, or live in a city with a great international grocery, or are natives of the UK, have tried all kinds of treacle delights. For the rest of us, we can get our treacle (light or dark, apparently, and even pudding) from Amazon.com. Harry Potter and friends enjoyed treacle tarts and fudge, so it must be quite sweet.
August 20, 2007: JK Rowling is at it again
writing, that is...
Great news for fans of JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series. She has been spotted in cafes around Edinburgh, Scotland, where she lives, working on a new detective novel. She promises to do what she did with Harry, which is to write what she really wants to write. I say, if it works for her, it works for me!
Vote for your favorite Harry Potter character!
It's hard to decide who is the most important or most interesting supporting character in the Harry Potter series. What do you think?
Not including Harry, who is your favorite character?
You know you'll want to read them all again! - get all the Harry Potter books for your personal library
If you don't already have your own Harry Potter book collection, or if you've been waiting until the last one comes out to buy them all, here is a good place to start. Do you already own the whole series? Why not get another fan started and give the gift of reading!
What are Harry, Ron, and Hermione doing after Deathly Hallows?
SPOILER ALERT * DON'T READ THIS IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW!
In an interview with Meredith Vieira, JK Rowling filled in some of the blanks about what Harry, Ron, and Hermione are doing after the Battle of Hogwarts.
Harry and Ron have revolutionized and cleaned up the Auror Department at the Ministry of Magic, and Harry Potter is now the department head. They have put an end to the corruption in the Ministry, and now enjoy fulfilling, successful careers there.
Hermione, despite having scoffed at the possibility of becoming a lawyer earlier, is rather high up in the Department for Magical Law Enforcement. Her intelligence, combined with the practical experience gained while fighting against the Dark Arts in her youth, are put to good use in her career.
Harry and Ginny are married, and their children are attending Hogwarts. Harry seems to be enjoying the beautiful family life that he never had as a child. Their children are named after people who were important in their lives; James (after Harry's father), Albus Severus (after Albus Dumbledore and Severus Snape), and Lily (after Harry's mother).
Teddy Lupin, son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks, seems to be almost part of the Potter family, visiting for dinner four times a week. Despite the loss of his parents while just an infant, he has grown into a perfectly normal, happy person. As the kids board the Hogwarts Express, he is seen snogging Victoire Weasley, daughter of Bill and Fleur.
Ron and Hermione are also married, and have two children; Rose and Hugo.
Draco Malfoy is married and has a son, Scorpius. It seems that although he owes his life to Harry, he has not become a great friend. Perhaps the Malfoys changed their dark ways after Voldemort's defeat?
Finally, Jo wanted to emphasize the importance of the fact that Harry's scar no longer bothers him. It is still on his forehead, but it's just a scar. Voldemort will not be returning, and "All is well."
The Language of Harry Potter's World: it's fun to read, and it's fun to say
One of the things I like best about JK Rowling's writing throughout the Harry Potter series is the language she uses in creating and describing the wizarding world.
From the rather mundane-sounding "Muggle," to the very chewy and descriptive "bludger," to the many fanciful spells and incantations, such as "alohomora," and "levicorpus," the reader is treated to a wonderful variety of textures and sounds. I am grateful to Rowling for these verbal treats.
Reading and speaking words and phrases like "quidditch pitch," "horcrux," "legilimency," "bubotuber pus," "snargaluff," and "Dumbledore," add another dimension to the tales of Harry Potter. These unfamiliar words, while whimsical, also give a feeling of realness to the fictional things they name.
And besides the literary purposes served by these new and unusual words, they are just plain fun! Thanks Jo!
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