Rowling reveals what Potter and co do next

JK ROWLING has revealed what happens to many of the characters in the Harry Potter series after the final book.

In a 90-minute live webchat yesterday, the author dealt with around 120,000 questions submitted by devotees.

Rowling was happy to discuss how she imagined the future of characters from the series with fans, many of whom said they had read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows several times in the last week.

She revealed that Harry Potter becomes an Auror, or someone who fights dark wizards, his best friend Ron Weasley joins his brother at their joke shop Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, and Hermione Granger furthers the rights of subjugated creatures, such as house-elves, in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures before joining the magical law enforcement squad.

Rowling said she was elated to share with fans the secrets she had been harbouring since she conjured up the idea for the boy wizard. "It is great to be able to do this at last," Rowling said. "I've looked forward to it for so long."

During the online chat, Rowling said the Hallows of the book's title were in part inspired by The Pardoner's Tale, one of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

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