We've heard of—and seen—directors' cuts for movies a bazillion times before. But a director's cut for a book? That's not common now, is it? But that's what Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is actually mulling over for two of her Potter novels.
Rowling, who is releasing her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, on Thursday, says she took her sweet time to write it, but that wasn't the case for some of her Harry Potter books.
"There were a couple of the Potters, and I definitely knew that they needed another year," Rowling told the BBC arts editor Will Compertz. Her last Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, came out in 2007.
She adds: "I had to write on the run and there were times when it was really tough.
"And I read them, and I think 'Oh God, maybe I'll go back and do a director's cut,' I don't know.
"But you know what, I'm proud I was writing under the conditions under which I was writing, no one will ever know how tough it was at times."
Rowling says the success of her Harry Potter novels meant that she had nothing to prove, "But Harry Potter truly liberated me in the sense that there's only one reason to write, for me—if I genuinely have something I want to say, and I want to publish it."
Rowling added that when the "hype became insane" with the latter Potter books, she described it as "a monster that was out of control," adding that "speaking to readers really brought you back to what it should be about."
She's proud of The Casual Vacancy, saying, "I like it, and if you can say that, however nervous you are on publication day, you're streets ahead of the game."
"Because to put out something you're not that happy with or that you think, 'God, I wish I'd had another year to rework it'—and I have been in that position—is very different."
Rowling only reveals that there is one Potter book toward the beginning of the series and another one toward the end that she wishes she had more time to write, but doesn't reveal which ones.
Do you guys have any clue which two of the Harry Potter novels definitely need a ''director's cut''?
(via BBC News)