JK Rowling Will Be on Oprah This Friday, October 1st

Fire up your DVRs, Harry Potter fans! J.K. Rowling will make her first appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show this Friday, October 1st. Oprah says that the interview, which was already taped in Scotland, is one of the most interesting she’s ever done.

In this rare interview, Rowling speaks candidly with Oprah about her life and career as well as her journey to becoming one of the most recognizable writers of children’s literature today. Rowling also shares her thoughts on the possibility of ever writing another Harry Potter book in the future.

While talking with Oprah about the sudden success of the Harry Potter books, Rowling reveals the moment when she knew that her life had changed forever. It was while in the United States on her second book tour:

There was this enormous Barnes & Noble, and I thought, oh my God. And the queue snaked up the street, up the Barnes & Noble, up through four floors and they took me in the back entrance. They opened the door and they screamed. They screamed….That’s a real stand-out moment for me. I knew it was getting big in that there was press attention and so on, but at that point, that for me…was when it felt ‘Beatle-esque.’

Rowling also reveals to Oprah that coping with the pressures of sudden stardom was not easy: “You ask about the pressure. At that point, I kept saying to people, yeah I’m coping…but the truth was there were times when I was barely hanging on by a thread.”

Go here to find out when The Oprah Winfrey Show airs in your area.

(Read Scholastic’s full press release)

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