Caitlin Swift Staff Writer
If you ask a parent to choose their favorite child they would say they couldn’t. You think the same would go for J.K. Rowling and her favorite Harry Potter book. Wrong! She has chosen! In a new section “J.K. Rowling’s Thoughts” on Pottermore, the writer reveals that The Prisoner of Azkaban is her favorite. But that’s not to say that the book did not have any difficulties.
Rowling struggled with how to exactly approach time travel within the series. I mean they are wizard so why should time traveling be off limits to them? Not to mention they would be able to undo any serious problems they had created for themselves. All of these issues are just par for the course in the fantasy genre. She goes on to explain, “This is just one example of the ways in which, when writing fantasy novels, one must be careful what one invents. For every benefit, there is usually a drawback.”
So how did she avoid the problem? Rowling made sure that both Dumbledore and Hermione stressed the dangers that time travel entailed. It wasn’t to be used as an easy fix. Also Hermione returned the only Time-Turner that was ever at Hogwarts. Lastly all remaining Time-Turners were destroyed during the battle at The Department of Mysteries. This way time travel, even just mere moments in time, would no longer be available.
I would say everything worked out for the best! Happy Birthday Harry! Seems like only yesterday you were getting your letter from Hogwarts! It is only right to also wish JK Rowling herself many happy returns on the day, as without Jo Rowling, the world would be a much less interesting place.