Harry Is an Old Soul

THE AUTHOR ON HER WORK

During an October visit to Manhattan, J.K. Rowling sat down with TIME senior editor Nancy Gibbs and talked about her books; their three main characters, Harry Potter and his two best friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley; and what they mean to her. Here are some excerpts from the conversation:

The bonding that takes place among Harry, Ron and Hermione is because each of them is disadvantaged in some way. Hermione is deeply insecure under her know-it-all manner, and the way to underline that aspect of her is to make her come, like...

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