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Harry and the Horcrux

Dreamed mid-December 2006, by J. K. Rowling

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On Dec 19th 2006, J.K. Rowling wrote on her website that she dreamt for the first time that she was in Harry Potter's head and roaming around the magical world she has created for him. The 41-year-old hinted that the stress was getting to her as she writes the closing chapters of the seventh and final Potter novel -- in which she has hinted that the beloved hero may be killed off.

"I'm now writing scenes that have been planned, in some cases, for a dozen years or even more. I don't think anyone who has not been in a similar situation can possibly know how this feels. I am alternately elated and overwrought. I both want, and don't want, to finish this book (don't worry, I will).

"For years now, people have asked me whether I ever dream that I am 'in' Harry's world. The answer was 'no' until a few nights ago, when I had an epic dream..."

ROWLING'S DREAM

I was, simultaneously, Harry and the narrator.

I was searching for a Horcrux (an object of great magical power) in a gigantic, crowded hall which bore no resemblance to the Great Hall as I imagine it.

As the narrator I knew perfectly well that the Horcrux was jammed in a hidden nook in the fireplace, while as Harry I was searching for it in all kinds of other places, while trying to make the people around me say lines I had pre-arranged for them.

Meanwhile, waiters and waitresses who work in the real cafe in which I have written huge parts of Book Seven roamed around me as though on stilts, all of them at least 15 feet (4.5 metres) high.

ALL THE DREAM INTERPRETATION YOU'RE GOING TO GET

She added: "Perhaps I should cut back on the caffeine?"



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