Rowling updates site with answers to many questions

Published October 4, 2004 at 14:15 PM
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JK Rowling has updated the FAQ section as well as answering the most recent poll question on her site. Some things discussed in the FAQ sectionopens in new window covers people who cannot apparate or disapparate inside Hogwarts, the twin’s names as well as saying that she would be killing off additional characters in upcoming books.

Answer to most recentopens in new window poll question & some FAQ answers:

What did Dumbledore's Howler to Aunt Petunia mean? ('Remember my last'?)
Well, it is a relief to move on after the Mark Evans fiasco. This time, two out of the three poll questions had interesting answers (or so I think) and thank goodness you chose one of them.
So: Dumbledore is referring to his last letter, which means, of course, the letter he left upon the Dursleys' doorstep when Harry was one year old. But why then (you may well ask) did he not just say 'remember my letter?' Why did he say my last letter? Why, obviously because there were letters before that…

Now let the speculation begin, and mind you type clearly, I'll be watching…

Update: Rowling later added the following:

P.S. It has been suggested that I am wrong in saying that Dumbledore's last letter was the one he left on the doorstep with baby Harry, and that he has sent a letter since then concerning Harry's illegal flight to school. However, both Dumbledore and I differentiate between letters sent to the Dursleys as a couple, and messages directed to Petunia ALONE. And that's my final word on the subject - though I doubt it will be yours :)

Are you going to kill any more characters?
Yes. Sorry.

Will there be two chapters in the sixth book called 'Lupin's Papers' and 'The Lovegoods in Court'?
No, that's another pile of Storgé, I'm afraid.

J.K. Rowling has also updatedopens in new window the "Rubbish" section denying that Harry Potter is based on her cousin (thanks Maria).

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