J.K. Rowling's Message on 15th Anniversary of Harry Potter Release

| by Taylor Bell
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With September marking the 15-year anniversary of the release of the first novel in the Harry Potter series, Scholastic interviewed author J.K. Rowling who revealed the character she misses the most in the series is not the boy wizard.

“Of all the other characters in the Harry Potter series, [Dumbledore] is the one I miss the most,” said Rowling. Rowling, 48, was the world's first billion-dollar author thanks to her successful seven-book series.

Rowling said she felt she had a special connection to the Hogwarts' headmaster while writing the books.

“I feel like I wrote Dumbledore from the back of my head,” she said. “Sometimes he said things and told Harry things that I only knew I knew or believed until ... I saw that I had written them down in the voice of Dumbledore. He was the character who was hardest to leave for me. He was the person who I'd have come back physically and sit and talk to me. It would be Dumbledore.'

During the interview, Rowling was asked who she would introduce Dumbledore to if she could choose anyone.

“I'm afraid I'm going to be very selfish, and if anyone gets a shot, it's me,” she said. “It's a difficult question and I have mulled it over at length, and I've considered world leaders who may benefit from some of his calm wisdom, but finally decided there's really only one person who should meet Dumbledore and I think that's me — because, of all the other characters in the Harry Potter series, he's the one I miss the most.'

Rowling's Harry Potter books have sold more than 450 million copies worldwide in 67 languages. In honor of the series’ 15th anniversary, each of the bestselling books is being released in the United States with new cover art.

Sources: ABC News, The Daily Mail

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