J.K. Rowling Explains Change in “Scar” and Her Mother’s Influence
In the second part of the TODAY show interview, J.K. Rowling explains why she changed the last sentence of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, wherein the original ending the last word would have been “scar”. In addition, Jo discusses what house she would be in if she had attended Hogwarts and what she would see in the Mirror of Erised.
I would definitely see what Harry sees. I would have seen my mother. I would be able to have a conversation with my mother. [Her death] had a profound influence on the books…from that moment on, death became a central if not the central theme for the seven books. In many ways, all of my characters are defined by their attitude to death or the possibility of death.
EDIT: You can find this article and video here. Remember there are spoilers in this interview, so do not view it if you have not read Deathly Hallows.
On Sunday at 7:00 p.m. EST, Dateline will air a one-hour special on the Harry Potter author.