What Happens Off Page Stays Off Page


I’ll admit I was a little late to the Harry Potter train (pun intended). Well, a lot late. My mom tried to get me to read the books after the third one came out back in, I believe, 1999 and didn’t let up until I finally agreed in late 2010. By then all the books had been released, which was probably a good thing. I’m not good at being patient and I can’t imagine what it was like having had to wait 10 years between the first and final books. I’m kind of horrible that way. But I ended up falling very hard for the series and devoured all seven books in about two or three months.

Being the nerd I’ve always been, I’ve since done a lot of behind the scenes reading about the characters, settings, spells, history, etc. I really love digging into fictional worlds, especially when they’ve been created with the kind of care and attention J.K. Rowling put into these books. But something I’m not super fond of (and I’m probably alone here) is the extra “off page” information she’s given out about what happens to the characters after the final page of Deathly Hallows. As far as I’m concerned, if something isn’t written in a book, it’s up to the reader to fill in the blanks. It’s why I don’t answer questions about what happens to Brian and Tess – or any other character – after the final page of Waiting For Spring. Those stories belong to you.

Am I alone here?

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About R.J. Keller

R. J. Keller is the author of the novel Waiting For Spring and the co-host of Book Chatter with Stacey Cochran, an internet talk show that features interviews with authors and publishing professionals. An avid independent movie enthusiast, she was Managing Editor of The Movie Fanatic website and currently writes, shoots, and edits episodes of the writer-centric YouTube show, Inside The Writers' Studio, with author Kristen Tsetsi. View all posts by R.J. Keller

7 responses to “What Happens Off Page Stays Off Page

  • Janet Schmidt

    Hmmm, I didn’t know she did that. Okay, on one hand I am with you. It is like having my own ideas about Scarlett and Rhett and so on. But, now you got me thinking. What did happen to Brian and Tess? And Harry and the others?

  • R.J. Keller

    Well, it’s like this. Spring was very excited, but surprised, to get her Hogwart’s acceptance letter. She was sorted into Ravenclaw and later became good friends with Harry and Ginny’s daughter and…wait. That’s not it.

  • kristentsetsi

    I feel like answering the questions, or giving that kind of information, removes some of the magic and memorable qualities about the book. When you don’t know what happens next, the characters and their story haunts you. They’ve left your life too soon, and will therefore always be remembered. It’s like the difference between a lover leaving you through death vs. a divorce.

  • R.J. Keller

    Kris, exactly! Tying up loose ends is one thing, but I like to keep the ‘what happened next’ part for myself.

  • testdomain

    Very intriguing topic, love for setting up. “Welcome to President Rose bush, Mrs. Rose bush, and our fellow astronauts. inches by Dan Quayle.

  • christineplouvier

    In like vein, I don’t care for bloopers and outtakes, either. What ends up on the cutting room floor should stay on the cutting room floor. It’s there for a reason.

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