‘I like reading a book where I have the sense that the author knows everything.'
~ J. K. Rowling
‘The fantasy writer's job is to conduct the willing reader from mundanity to magic. This is a feat of which only a superior imagination is capable, and Rowling possesses such equipment.’ Stephen King, Author
‘Rowling's books...bulge with the sort of playful details of which only British fantasists seem capable: there's the Whomping Willow, which will smash hell out of your car (and you) if you get too close to it, snack foods like Cauldron Cakes and Licorice Wands and the satisfyingly evil Lord Voldemort (so evil, in fact, that most of Rowling's characters will only call him ‘You-know-who').’ Stephen King, Author
That’s not too shabby, coming from one of the most amazing fiction and fantasy writers of the 20th and 21st centuries!
‘This mass of material was generated…partly for my own pleasure and partly because I like reading a book where I have the sense that the author knows everything, they might not be telling me everything, but you have that confidence that the author really knows everything.’
J. K. Rowling on how she created Harry Potter.
So, in short, know everything about your ‘world’. If your world is real to you, then you will convey that onto the page. Hogwarts and Harry were so real to Jo and her readers that thousands of fans continued spending time with them in their own fan fiction stories long after the series had come to a close.
For this practical activity you will need:
Can you find a way to explore this setting to that you can explain it to your reader?