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Newsnight Wednesday, 18 June, 2003, 07:39 GMT 08:39 UK
Clips from JK Rowling: The Interview
Jeremy Paxman and JK Rowling
JK Rowling has revealed to Jeremy Paxman what it was like to kill off a significant character in the forthcoming novel, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix.

Speaking in the world's first interview about the new book, for BBC TWO, produced by the Newsnight team, Rowling describes how she walked into her kitchen crying after writing the episode.


JK Rowling
It's going to be very difficult to leave it...

JK Rowling
Elsewhere in the interview she speaks frankly about how she does look forward to a post-Harry era in her life.


I didn't miss the deadline. Because there was no deadline.

JK Rowling
She denies that she missed a deadline or experienced writer's block when completing Order of the Phoenix.


She also rejects the idea that the secrecy surrounding the book is a marketing ploy.


No one's quite got there...

JK Rowling
In the interview she also commented on the speculation there's been about how the Harry Potter series might end and what will become of Harry and his friends.


The whole interview was shown in a special programme, produced by the Newsnight team, on BBC TWO, Thursday 19 June 2003.

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