UPDATED: J.K. Rowling gives exclusive interview on the “Today Show”

Yesterday it was announced that J.K. Rowling was in America to launch Lumos USA. Today, Jo spoke in an exclusive interview with the Today Show about why she set up Lumos and much more.

The interview started with Jo denying that she was writing any more Harry Potter (at the moment):

I’m afraid I haven’t been writing the next Harry Potter. I have always said never say… well, not never say never. I’ve always said. ‘I’m not going to say I definitely won’t’ because I don’t see why I should say that. You know, it’s my world, and I might choose to step back into it. And in a way, I am stepping back into it.

I’m stepping back into that world, writing the script for ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’ So that door is always opened to me. But I think ‘Harry Potter’ 8, as in what happened next to Harry, Ron and Hermione… I don’t think that’s going to happen.

On Lumos, poverty, and the reason that institutions exist, Jo said that

if you’re literally faced with a situation where you’re being told, ‘Well, your child can starve, or we’ll put it in the institution, and it will be fed,’ what are you going to choose? You want your child to live, right?

Jo also talked about writing again for children one day:

I definitely will write for children again because I love writing for kids. So that will definitely happen, and that will sit comfortably alongside this work [with Lumos]. And maybe I’ll get to read that new work to some of these children.

You can check out a clip from the interview below, with more due to be aired on the Today Show on Monday.

Find out more about Lumos and the launch of Lumos USA here. Let’s hope that Lumos USA is able to help Jo reach her goal in ending worldwide institutionalization of children by 2050.

Don’t forget to look out for more of the interview with Jo on Monday!

UPDATED – April 13: 

Part 2 of the interview was aired today (Monday, April 13). In the interview, Jo discusses turning 50, dreaming about Dumbledore, and her speech on failure. Check it out below:

What did you think of the interview? Let us know in the comments!

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  • sharon

    Ok so Harry, Ron, and Hermione have definitely been told. What about the Marauders? Or the second generation? Actually, what really excited me is that she will write more children’s books. Maybe another series to get excited about?

  • Brianna

    I agree with you Sharon. I think Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s story is done. I’d love to see a Marauders prequel series. Even if it’s only a trilogy of sorts. That’d be amazing!