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LONDON, Dec 27, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- "Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling says she has mixed feelings about writing the final book in her series about the boy wizard and his pals.

I can't quite imagine life without Harry," she wrote on her Web site. "I contemplate the task with mingled feelings of excitement and dread, because I can't wait to get started."

Rowling said she has been busy fine-tuning the plot for the follow-up to "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," and plans to "really set to work in January," the BBC reported.

"Sometimes, even at this stage, you can see trouble looming; nearly all the six published books have had Chapters of Doom, she wrote. "The quintessential never, I hope, to be beaten Chapter That Nearly Broke My Will was chapter nine, Goblet of Fire."

The "Harry Potter" books are in the hands of more than 300 million readers worldwide.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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