Tattle: J.K. Rowling says she would mull a 'sidestep' with another Harry Potter book

Posted: September 27, 2012

J.K. ROWLING isn't finished with everyone's favorite boy wizard.

In an interview with the BBC, Rowling said she's not opposed to revisiting Harry Potter and the Hogwarts crew for another book.

She doesn't want to do a sequel or a prequel, but she'd consider "a sidestep."

"If I did have a great idea for something else, I probably would do it," Rowling said.

Despite the massive popularity of her series, Rowling expressed dissatisfaction with some of the books.

"I had to write on the run, and there were times when it was really tough," she said.

"And I read them, and I think, 'Oh, God, maybe I'll go back and do a director's cut!' I don't know."

Could Harry Potter be the next "Star Wars," forcing legions of fanboys and girls to buy revamped versions of old material? Well, if Rowling's first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, (on shelves Thursday from Little, Brown and Company) doesn't sell well, she might be forced to augment her many millions with more Potter. But considering the generally positive reviews (it's already No. 1 on Amazon.com), we're thinking it might be a while before we see Potter plus pals again.

Mike (No) Love

How do you fire one of the greatest pop-music minds of all time? Beach Boys member Mike Love had quite the cojones to give a pink slip to Brian Wilson, along with original members Al Jardine and David Marks. Love said he would continue touring under the Beach Boys moniker - he owns rights to the name - after the group's 50th-anniversary tour concludes in Britain Friday, but not with the original Beach Boys.

Love said he's concerned about overexposure and wants the brand to take a break. Which doesn't quite explain his actions, does it?

"I'm disappointed and can't understand why Love doesn't want to tour with Al, David and me," Wilson told CNN. "We are out here having so much fun. After all, we are the real Beach Boys."

Upset fans have started online petitions asking Love to change his mind.

Revolution, Gaga-style

Lady Gaga gained 25 pounds and the celeb media freaked out. How dare a pop star look like, gasp, a normal?

Instead of crash-dieting or making excuses about unflattering angles, Gaga took to her website (littlemonsters.com) and posted a picture of herself in light yellow underpants. Next to the photo she wrote, "Bulimia and anorexia since I was 15."

The pictures are meant to spark "A Body Revolution 2013," a movement about body acceptance in which fans post pictures of their bodies and messages of how proud they are of themselves no matter what shape or size. So far, many of Gaga's fans have posted pictures, including amputees, cancer survivors and recovering anorexics.

L.G.'s strength as a pop star has always been making her fans feel special. But this campaign is impressive, because it doesn't revolve around some nebulous idea of "weirdness." It won't cure the media's obsession with her weight, but it'll make some Little Monster somewhere in the world feel a bit better about herself.


Contact Molly Eichel at eichelm@phillynews.com or 215-854-5909. Follow her on Twitter @mollyeichel.

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