"I hated the lot of them: my parents with their pure-blood mania, convinced that to be a Black made you practically royal… my idiot brother, soft enough to believe them… Andromeda was my favourite cousin. No, she’s not on [the tapestry] either, look. Andromeda’s sisters are still here because they made lovely, respectable pure-blood marriages, but Andromeda married a Muggle-born, Ted Tonks, so –"
"The Casual Vacancy is set in a small community, which involves writing characters who are adolescents all the way up to people in their sixties. I loved nineteenth century novels that center on a town or village. This is my attempt to do a modern version. As a writer you have to write what you want to write; or rather what you need to write. I needed to write this book.”