I finally got around to watching the video of "An Evening With Harry, Carrie, and Garp" this afternoon--a charity reading done by Stephen King, John Irving, and J.K. Rowling. It was a very interesting combination of writers--as Whoppi Goldberg joked in her introduction, "There are plenty of fans of J.K. Rowling here tonight. (Crowd Screams.) And I think I know why they're screaming. It's because all of the Stephen King fans are whispering to them all of the ways that Harry could possibly die."
If you don't feel like watching Stephen King and John Irving (although they're both wonderful, of course), Jo's part starts just after time index 1:14:00. (And if you have a slow internet connection, TLC has a transcript of the first night here and the second night here.)
I have to start by saying that I really love listening to J.K. Rowling read. She picked the chapter in HBP where Dumbledore tells the young Tom Riddle that he is a wizard. She almost seems a little nervous, but still she does the dialog so well. It's just wonderful hearing the stories in her beautiful British accent.
The Q & A afterward was full of plenty of "I can't tell you that" as usual. Perhaps the funniest colloquy, provoked by a very convoluted question asked by author Salman Rushdie, was the following:
Rushdie: Our theory is that Snape is, in fact, still a good guy, from which it follows that Dumbledore can't really be dead and that the death is a ruse cooked up between Dumbledore and Snape to put Voldemort off his guard so that when Harry and Voldemort come face to face Harry may have more allies than he or Voldemort suspects. So is Snape good or bad? In our opinion everything follows from it.
JK: Well ... your opinion I would say is right, but I see that I need to be a little more explicit and say that Dumbledore is definitely dead....
Another interesting, although not at all helpful tidbit:
"I think that I've been asked excellent questions, it's just that the final book contains a couple of pieces of information that I don't think you could guess at."
Jo also mentioned a shorter book for younger children in the works.