16 years ago today, J.K. Rowling sat down in a recording studio located in Washington, DC. During more than an hour, she took part of a famous NPR call-in show, The Diane Rehm Show.
J.K. Rowling was then touring part of the United States to promote Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. During the interview, she read an extract from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She also talked about her writing process, and how she finds names for her characters and places.
An interesting fact discussed during this interview is that wizards come of age at 17. In 1999, Rowling already announced that part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows would show Harry out of Hogwarts, and we would get to see him perform magic out of school.
You can still listen to this interview here.