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Rowling Hints At Possible New HP Book

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magic-1081149_960_720Another Harry Potter adventure?
Might Harry Potter be called into service again, to keep the wizarding (and Muggle) world safe from the likes of Voldemort and his accomplices?
The answer is: “maybe.”
It’s not much, but as anyone who’s ever asked his parents for a new video game knows, it’s better than “no.”
Author J. K. Rowling is open to the possibility that she may write another Harry Potter book. Or maybe even a few more.
That’s what she told talk show host Oprah Winfrey in an interview recently.
The characters are still in her head, Rowling said, and she “could definitely” write more books in the series.
The Harry Potter series, beginning with Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone and ending with the seventh novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, brought Rowling international fame. More than 400 million books have been sold worldwide. The series also made her one of the richest women in Britain, according to Forbes magazine.
With wealth have also come pressures, such as reporters searching through her trash and constant pestering from the paparazzi.
So will we see another Harry Potter novel in the very near future? Probably not very soon. Rowling says she’s moved on to a new phase in her writing.
In the meantime, kids can always close their eyes, wave a wand… and make a wish.

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Writing/Discussion Prompt
The Harry Potter series is very famous. The author of this series has made a lot of money making these books and they have helped her become famous. After writing seven books, J.K. Rowling decided to stop writing these books.

If you are a fan of these books, what would you tell her to convince her to keep writing them?

If you do not like the Harry Potter series, what would you tell her to convince her that she should be writing different types of books?

Lastly, if you are unfamiliar with these books, why do you think someone would stop doing something that they are very good at?

Reading Prompt
Today’s article contains several words and names that may be difficult for a young speller to pronounce. Identify and examine these words.

Primary and Junior
Predict the meaning of and rapidly solve unfamiliar words using different types of cues, including: semantic cues, syntactic cues, and graphophonic cues (OME, Reading: 3.2).

Grammar Feature: Quotation marks
Quotation marks often go on either side of a long statement. Sometimes they go on either side of a word or two. Why would an author do this? What effect does it have?

“maybe.”

“no.”

“could definitely”

(This article was originally posted on TKN Oct. 7, 2010.)