Exciting updates from JKRowling.com today.
First, in her diary, Jo writes:
"The long lack of updates has been due to some very hard work. I'm now writing scenes that have been planned, in some cases, for a dozen years or even more. I don't think anyone who has not been in a similar situation can possibly know how this feels: I am alternately elated and overwrought. I both want, and don't want, to finish this book (don't worry, I will.)"
Sounds like she's nearing the end to me. Of course, I'm always a victim of wishful thinking, but I would place money on the fact that those scenes that have been planned "for a dozen years or even more" are the very last bits of the book.
Next she writes:
"For years now, people have asked me whether I ever dream that I am 'in' Harry's world. The answer was 'no' until a few nights ago, when I had an epic dream in which I was, simultaneously, Harry and the narrator. I was searching for a Horcrux in a gigantic, crowded hall, which bore no resemblance to the Great Hall as I imagine it. As the narrator I knew perfectly well that the Horcrux was jammed in a hidden nook in the fireplace, while as Harry I was searching for it in all kinds of other places, while trying to make the people around me say lines I had pre-arranged for them. Meanwhile waiters and waitresses who work in the real café in which I have written huge parts of book seven roamed around me as though on stilts, all of them at least fifteen feet high. Perhaps I should cut back on the caffeine?"
Does this mean that Harry will be searching for a horcrux in the Great Hall in Book 7, I wonder? Or just a silly dream? Either way it's nice to know that I'm not the only one who has weird Harry dreams every now and then.
Still plugging away at the Mugglenet book....