A Flicker of Hope for More Harry Potter

"You never know," J.K. Rowling tells Oprah

By Greg Wilson
|  Friday, Oct 1, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM EDT
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"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling left the door slightly ajar for more books about the boy wizard in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

"I could definitely write an eighth, ninth, tenth," Rowling, 45, told the TV talk queen during a satellite interview. "I'm not going to say I won't. I don't think I will … I feel I am done, but you never know."

Rowling said she felt empty upon finishing the last book in the saga, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

"It was a bereavement," she said.

Not that she's completely put down her pen. Rowling plans to write more books, and feels there is no need to match or top her previous achievement.

"I did it. I'm really proud I did it," she said. "But this is a new phase."

The old phase was pretty good to Rowling, who still remembers being a broke single mom. After selling more than 400 million books and launching a series celebrated on screen and in a theme park in Florida, Rowling is a billionaire.

She said her biggest regret is that her mother, who died before the first book was even finished, much less published, never saw her success.

Selected Reading: People, Oprah.com, jkrowling.com.

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