Harry Is an Old Soul


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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