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J. K. Rowling: Harry Potter Was Almost Harry Batt

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Mel
February 13, 2014, 10:06 PM

Another tidbit from J. K. Rowling's talk at Exeter College has been revealed: Harry Potter was nearly named Harry Batt.

Rowling’s “Mortality and Morality” talk filled the Sheldonian Theatre. Students who attended said that the author revealed interesting details about their much-loved series, such as her initial plan to name her central character Harry Batt instead of Harry Potter, as well as her love for Albus Dumbledore – a character she always saw as morally flawed.


Rowling reportedly told students that death and morality will play a major role in all her future works. There was little mention of the author’s recent revelation that she partly regrets pairing characters Ron and Hermione together. The comments, given to Potter actress Emma Watson, caused outrage among fans, with Rowling adding that Ron and Hermione would probably have needed marriage counselling.

You can read the rest of the article here.

Many thanks to SnitchSeeker for the tip.

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80450 Points

Oh, I am sooo glad she did not go with Harry Batt… I mean really? Batt?

Posted by Won_Two on February 14, 2014, 01:43 PM report to moderator
28416 Points

Potter is definitely better than Batt, partly because a surname with two syllables has a better rhythm in the titles of the books!

I wonder why the comment about the revelation from her conversation with Emma Watson was made in the article, after all we subsequently had the whole interview and found out that in that context she didn’t really think Ron and Hermione did not belong together, it’s as if they’re only commenting on what was originally revealed in snippets published in the newspapers.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on February 15, 2014, 01:00 PM report to moderator
2096 Points


Posted by RABBIT: Lilly Mimsy Whyte =:) on February 15, 2014, 03:46 PM report to moderator
11773 Points

‘Potter’ is good because it’s an everyday sort of name.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on February 15, 2014, 04:38 PM report to moderator
452 Points

“Harry Batt” just makes me think of a baseball bat wearing a wig. I’m glad she went with Potter.

Posted by Mad But Happy on February 15, 2014, 08:41 PM report to moderator
5723 Points

I’m with Mad But Happy.:)

Posted by La La Toadstone =:) on February 15, 2014, 11:36 PM report to moderator
20981 Points

Yeah, “The famous Harry Batt” just doesnt have the same ring to it.

Posted by LunaLuver on February 18, 2014, 02:02 AM report to moderator
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