Clue: It isn’t Harry!
Maybe Ron Weasley? Or even Snape?
No, 48-year-old Rowling revealed Albus Dumbledore was the character she missed the most in a recent interview for US publisher Scholastic to mark the 15-year anniversary of the bestselling seven-book series.
Rowling also said the Hogwarts headmaster and Harry’s mentor and father figure was the character she most related to.
“I feel like I wrote Dumbledore from the back of my head. Sometimes he said things and told Harry things that I only knew I knew or believed until… I saw that I had written them down in the voice of Dumbledore,” she said. “He was the character who was hardest to leave for me. He was the person who I’d have come back physically and sit and talk to me. It would be Dumbledore.”
The interview with the notoriously private Rowling was recorded ahead of September’s 15-year anniversary of the original book, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone. She had been asked who she would introduce Dumbledore to, if she could choose anyone in the world.
“I’m afraid I’m going to be very selfish, and if anyone gets a shot, it’s me,” she smiled. “It’s a difficult question and I have mulled it over at length, and I’ve considered world leaders who may benefit from some of his calm wisdom, but finally decided there’s really only one person who should meet Dumbledore and I think that’s me — because, of all the other characters in the Harry Potter series, he’s the one I miss the most.”
If you haven’t ever read the Harry Potter series, well now is the time, as Scholastic is also marking the 15-year anniversary by releasing the books with new cover art designed by graphic artist Kazu Kibuishi. According to Scholastic, each cover represents a key moment in each book. Those familiar with the stories will know exactly what those moments are — such as in Book 1, when Hagrid takes Harry to Diagon Alley for the first time to get his wand.
Rowling’s Harry Potter books have sold close to 500 million copies worldwide in a total of 73 languages! They have been produced into eight blockbuster movies, making J.K. Rowling one of the most successful authors of all time.
In all honesty I miss Dumbeldore too. Think it’s time to go up to my attic and find my beloved Harry books — always worth a re-read. In the meantime, check out the beautiful new Harry potter covers below.
All photo credits: Scholastic except where indicated.