In honor of the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 on DVD this week, an interview with the woman who once had one of the coolest jobs on the planet, in my opinion: proofreader and later editor of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
Susan Jeffers had the privilege of reading Harry’s new adventures before any of the rest of us — but she couldn’t breathe a word of what she’d read to anyone.
There were many who would have loved to leak the plot before the book was published. Some websites even made up the plot of the next books and tried to pass them off as authentic. Susan says she felt an obligation to kids all over the world to keep things quiet.
“The kids were waiting so anxiously for each one,” she says. “I just felt that there was no way this could be spoiled for them.”
Jeffers described it as “the job of a lifetime”, and I concur — enviously.