Much to the delight of young wizards and witches everywhere, J.K. Rowling recently announced to the Washington Post at the annual Easter egg roll at the White House that she may be writing another book “maybe ten years from now.” She has said it will not likely be an offshoot of her majestic Harry Potter series but I’m sure she will give that some serious thought.
If Rowling does manage to kick start more Potter mayhem there are many storylines that can be brought up in the universe created by Rowling. That’s the glory of a fantasy story-when you create your world there are infinite stories to tell. Just ask fans of J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis about what fantasy novels can do for an entire society. Here are some plots I would like to see when and if J.K. Rowling returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Albus Dumbledore, patriarch and headmaster of Hogwarts, supposedly died in the sixth book The Half Blood Prince while Snape was defending Malfoy from an irreversible curse. At his funeral, a phoenix took off out of the coffin. Cue sequel and major resurrection music! I am of the many body of fans who believe the Dumbledore will return and isn’t really dead.
Marriage, and lots of it. Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley finally fell in love, as did Hermione Granger and Ron. There can be kids, there can be large family gatherings, and there can be the rebuilding of Hogwarts amongst the old students.
Harry and friends always wanted to have certain jobs as they got older. Harry trained to be as auror and we could see some novels with him in that capacity. I think it’d be better if he were seen far into the future as a headmaster at Hogwarts or some other school as a wise old man who learned from his mistakes.
Harry Potter: The Next Generation could be more of the same antics with the kids of Harry and the gang. Harry and Ginny wind up having three children together. Ron and Hermione’s kids, as well as Draco Malfoy’s son also end up at Hogwarts. Sounds like a whole new mess of adventures to me.
We never fully explore what Harry’s parents were like and the absence of his parents was the crux of his antagonism through all seven books. Perhaps Harry can go back in time with some sort of spell or charm that would allow him to glance in upon his parents much to their unawares. His recording of his parent’s adventures would make wonderful prequels to help fill in the blanks of the original seven novels.
The joke shop is a brainchild of Ron Weasley’s older brothers Fred and George. What a nice set of tales we could have when their joke shop is visited by all kinds of characters who tell stories of their adventures. Almost as if their shop were a way station for spies, miscreants, or even old fools who just like to tell stories there can be many humorous and even daring things that can be made from earwax flavored joke candy or exploding toenails.
Since Albus Dumbledore was all about Hogwarts, fans I’m sure could latch on to Harry and his friends creating a new school after their kids graduate from Hogwarts themselves. It would almost be like Luke Skywalker creating a new Jedi order in the series of Star Wars books.
Tales from Azkaban would be much like the tales from the joke shop only much darker. Get ready for some Halloween fun as some old wizards gather round a table and tell stories about their favorite baddies in the prison of Azkaban and how they got there in the first place.
I would absolutely love to see more adventures about Tom Riddle, the boy who eventually became Lord Voldemort. There were as many details of Riddle’s past almost as much as there were of Harry Potter’s. Just as much as I would like to see a biography of how Sauron of Lord of the Rings came to be, I would also like a full adventure on Tom Riddle. Much like Sauron’s downfall of the ring being destroyed by its own twisted soul, Riddle destroyed himself when he killed Harry’s parents thus transferring all of their powers into the infant Harry. Harry then ends up killing Voldemort reflecting one of the dark lord’s spells back upon him.
Lastly, readers could be entranced by the adventures of the King of the Beasts. This book title would refer to Rubeus Hagrid, caretaker of the grounds at Hogwarts. With all of the beasts that he sees passing through his gaze some adventures surely ensue when some of his fantastical creatures meet up with Harry and friends.