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Rowling teases kids about Harry's future

Rowling greeted fans and signed books outside London's Royal Albert Hall.

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LONDON, England -- "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling shocked fans by playfully hinting the young wizard may be killed off in the last book -- or, at least, warning them that nothing can be assumed in Potter's world.

Rowling plans to write two more novels in the seven-book series, taking Harry up to the end of his time at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

But she drew gasps from an audience of 4,000 children in London Thursday when she answered a young fan's question about whether she planned to write books about an adult Harry someday.

"You have to wait and see whether he survives to be a grown-up," she replied teasingly. "I'm not saying he won't, but I don't want to give anything away."

And she disappointed her young Royal Albert Hall audience again when she admitted: "I really don't believe in magic. I believe in some kinds -- the magic of imagination and the magic of love. But the magic of waving a wand and making things happen, no."

Rowling was interviewed on stage by actor Stephen Fry, who narrates the British "Harry Potter" audio books.

She also answered questions during a live Webcast from children around the world.

Asked what magic powers she would like to have, she said: "I would love the power of invisibility. It is a little bit sad but I would sneak off to a cafe and write all day."

Rowling, who now earns more than Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, started writing the Potter books in an Edinburgh cafe when she was an impoverished single mother.

Quizzed about what she would like to see if she looked in a magic mirror, like Harry does in the book, she replied: "I would see what Harry saw -- my mother again." Rowling's mother died of multiple sclerosis in 1990.

The excited audience members screamed with delight when Rowling took to the stage.

The author told them: "The Beatles were my favorite group -- this is the nearest I will ever get to being a Beatle."

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