On July 16, 2005, immediately following the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, MuggleNet’s Emerson Spartz and Leaky Cauldron’s Melissa Anelli met with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling in her Edinburgh, Scotland home for an exclusive interview. This interview was monumental and is still one of the most in-depth interviews examining all things Potter. It covers everything from questions about canon to peeks into J.K. Rowling’s writing process, and captures the excitement and wild theory development that the fandom was burning with in the time between book releases.
If you’re looking for information on how J.K. Rowling wrote the books, check out Part 1 for whether she rereads the books herself and how she keeps track of her literal boxes of backstory. Part 2 has the things she loved and hated writing and her reactions to fan sites like MuggleNet as well as how world events shaped her writing. Part 3 covers the intensity of the books and whether she sees the actors in her head when writing as well as how she keeps her family’s life normal.
Questions on canon are covered all through the interview as well. Part 1 gets right into the question everyone was asking after Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was released – is Snape evil? It’s also the place for answers on how Lily’s protection of Harry actually worked. Part 2 discusses everything from Voldemort’s boggart to Dumbledore’s inability to remove Peeves from Hogwarts. And of course, this is the source of the famous anvil-sized hints conversation about Ron/Hermione. Part 3 has rapid-fire questions about canon as the interview wraps up including everything from Ron’s patronus to how Fred and George knew what bet to make at the Quidditch World Cup!