Harry Potter book illustrator Mary GrandPré recently gave her thoughts on the title of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and her feelings that the book is the last one in the series. She also discusses the process of illustrating the books and gives advice to illustrators.
Daniel: What do you think of the upcoming Harry Potter book's title, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
Mary GrandPré: I don't know, I think it's just going to unfold as we all learn about what it means. I think it kind of leaves you wondering what this is about. I think it's intriguing; an intriguing title. I don't know what it means yet, and it sounds kind of scary. I don't know... I hope it means good things (laughs).
Daniel: What are your feelings and thoughts knowing that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the last book in the series that made you incredibly popular?
Mary GrandPré: I'm anxious for this to be the last book as much as I've enjoyed the journey. It's nice to kind of wrap it up and celebrate it as a whole and to just kind of look back and take a deep breath and go, "Whew! That was quite a ride!," so you know... I'm excited for it to end and to find out how it ends and yeah, I might be a little sad about it, but generally I'll be really happy that this check's closing and that I can kind of go on to other things personally and creatively. Yeah, so I'm happy about it, I'm happy that it has come to this point.