Author Dreadful Farewell

J.K. Rowling , the British author who developed the chronicles of Harry Potter and its subsequent smash hit flicks, has conceded on her Web site that she “dreads” having to pen the seventh and final installment of the series, which she is starting this year.

“I can’t quite imagine life without Harry,” she wrote on the site’s diary page. The fictional teen thaumaturge has helped make her a powerful women in the world, and a billionaire to boot, so that’s perhaps not remarkable. But in lieu of the limits of Rowling’s extraordinary fame and fortune, the author seems largely troubled with having to confront the end of the story itself.

“I contemplate the task with mingled feelings of excitement and dread, because I can’t wait to get started, to tell the final part of the story and, at last, to answer all the questions,” Rowling said. The author added that she had been “fine-tuning the fine-tuned plan of seven during the past few weeks,” and that “reading through the plan is like contemplating the map of an unknown country in which I will soon find myself.”

The sixth installment of Rowling’s fantasy series, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was released last summer. Booksellers flogged more that 10 million copies in the United States alone, adding to the total worldwide sales of the Harry Potter books of 300 million.

Rowling expects to start on the final book, not yet titled, next month.

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