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Last month we had reported on documentarian James Runcie’s new television special with J.K. Rowling about The Casual Vacancy. The 30-minute interview is available online and we thought we’d share it with you.

Runcie had created the fantastic documentary J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life which chronicled the completion and release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It had offered a great behind-the-scenes look at the final moments Rowling spent writing the tome in a hotel room.

What’s interesting about this new special between Runcie and Rowling is that it uses many clips of the author reading from her adult novel. Her reading is aided by a slew of b-roll shots around England which give great visuals to her reading. It’s a nice way to digest different parts of the book whether or not you’ve read the story. Obviously, it’s spoiler free.

Right at the start of the program Rowling reads a part of The Casual Vacancy which includes an F-bomb. Hearing such a vulgar word come from our Queen’s mouth is a bit shocking at first.

Earlier this month Rowling had appeared in New York City to host a live reading, Q&A, and signing with her American fans. Do check out our list of the ten best quotes she had made during the event.

Thanks to Rhiannon for the tip!

  • Zach

    oh pish posh! its only a word.

    • LotusCalm

      Very true!

  • Jen

    my ears!!!!

  • verity

    The more I hear her talk, the more I like her.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matsemann08 Matsemann08

    Hearing her dropping an F-bomb was more fun than the book itself.

  • jkrfan33

    “Scar our childhood memories”?? Really!!! I think you’re being a bit over dramatic. Also, I love her readings in general. She should do audiobooks!

    • Becca

      Andrew Sims being a bit overdramatic? Never! =P

  • Just a Suggestion

    You know.. you could’ve just posted the interview and not said anything about the language and hardly anyone would’ve noticed… just saying. It’s just a word. We’re all on the internet and see/hear it every day.

  • https://www.youtube.com/TheBabarSuhail Babar Suhail

    Ahhh. She said the F word. Oh my ears. I have been scarred forever.

  • Wilma

    I feel an urge to defend Andrew, cause I’m sure he didn’t seriously mean anyone would be scarred for life by anything Jo said. C’mon you guys!

    Also, I loved Casual Vacancy and I love this interview and I love love love her.

    • GinnyWeasley002

      Exactly! When you’re writing an article, though, you want a title that grabs people’s attention. It is pretty shocking, though.

    • kitster_kosh

      JUST SO EVERYONE KNOWS, the title relates to a reading experience JKR told us about in NYC. She said at her book launch party she did a reading and noticed there was a 9 year old audience member…. actually I have a transcript. Here is part of what she said:

      JKR: [discussing how there was a 9 yr. old at her Casual Vacancy
      launch party] So, we um, we had our question and answer session like
      this, and we gave the world’s most explicit and repetitive warning
      [imitating in a soft, soothing voice]This is a book for grown-ups. … J.K. Rowling will now do a reading—it is a reading for grown-ups—on
      and on and on and I think he stayed. [crowd laughs]. I mean, we
      couldn’t drag him out by his collar. So, he heard me say the F-word. I
      hope he isn’t scarred for life. I do not believe he is.

  • Hatty

    I thought from the title she had said it of her own accord. I think it’s different when she’s just reading it out of the book because it’s not really her that’s using it, it’s the character. If we’re ok with her writing it in the book would should be fine hearing her read the book aloud.

  • ronald

    OUCH! that hurt me

  • morgen71

    Is it bad that when I read the title of the article I burst out laughing?

  • Forerunner

    Seriously? Who cares it’s only a word.

  • BookReader

    Rowling considers herself middle class? Did I hear that right?

    • Becca

      If you’re surprised by that I’m going to guess you’re not British…

  • kitster_kosh

    “Oh there is /one/ swear word, watch out for it!” –haha that’s what she said in NYC. She was so funny!

  • applepie

    After I read the title, I didn’t even need to look at who the author was. Haha love you Andrew.

  • grapes9h5

    “Scar our childhood memories”….. this is an ironic joke right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002081688527 Caty Jonas

    she said a swear word! OH MY GAWD. OJDFSDOHALÇGJDGJ are you sirius? .-, it’s just a word!

  • http://hunyumstan.tumblr.com/ hunyum

    scarring … really? come on, don’t tell me you think she never used the word!

  • Becca

    Why is this only being reported on now? It was on a month ago & has been online pretty much the whole time =P

    Also the phrasing of the article is weird, why is half of it written in the pluperfect? /picky

  • Jason

    Well she didn’t drop it so much as she quoted something she wrote. I’m kind of relieved.

  • jenny :)

    she does a pretty good west country accent :)

  • Allison Shannon

    When I first read ‘fuck’ in TCV I did a double take and re-read the sentence like five times. Now I have to watch her say it!

  • Dana

    right in the childhood……

  • Nom

    This is actually a brilliant, very insightful interview.

  • Victoria

    She always seems like such a lovely person. I just love her :).

    I agree with her sentiments on Krystal Weedon. I also found her thoughts of morality very interesting.

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