Travis Prinzi, the author of Harry Potter and Imagination: The Way Between Two Worlds, editor of two collections of essays on the Hogwarts Saga, most recently Harry Potter for Nerds, and web site host for TheHogsHead.org, sits down to chat with Keith, John, and [student to be named] about what's 'hot' on the front line of Potter studies. Looking through his For Nerds collection, Travis shares his thoughts on the literary magic of the seven novels, from their ring composition to the symbolism of the planets, from the Dante, Spencer, and MacDonald echoes to exploration of the meanings of magic and technology. He talks, too, about the difference between academic and fan contributions to the series and his thoughts about the several future directions of Potter Studies. Pull up a bar stool and order a butterbeer or Fire Whiskey; this conversation is one you won't want to miss!
Grawp's about sixteen feet tall, enjoys ripping up twenty-foot pine trees, and knows me as Hermy.
Hermione Granger Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31, Page 705
Natalie McDonald, who appeared in Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire, was based on a real girl Rowling knew who was dying of leukemia. She wrote to JK Rowling asking what was going to happen in the next Harry Potter book as she would not live long enough to read it.