While only five of the planned seven Harry Potter books have been published to date, USA Today is reporting that billionaire author J.K. Rowling has not ruled out extending the series beyond Harry's years at Hogwart's Academy:
In a live Web chat to mark World Book Day, Rowling--who has always insisted she'll write only seven Potter books--was asked by a fan if she intended to write books about Harry after he leaves Hogwarts, the academy for wizards.
"Probably not. But I'll never say never because every time I do I immediately break the vow," she replied.
Potter fans should be encouraged by Rowling's comments, as she had previously ruled out additional books entirely. During the same chat, she also dropped a few hints as to the content of Book Six:
"I can't say when it will be released because that's down to my publishers," she said. "But it's going really well. I am loving writing it."
She promised the latest book would include more romance for the boy wizard, but hinted he would also face a terrible ordeal. She added that she planned to try a "completely different genre" of writing when she has finished the seventh book, but did not specify.
In the meantime, the adaptation of Book Three, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, hits theaters on June 4.