J K Rowling officially announces a new book, not related to Harry Potter!


JK Rowling and new publisher Little, Brown have announced that Rowling has completed work on a previously-unannounced adult novel independent from her wildly successful Harry Potter universe! The book will mark the first time that Rowling has returned to “pen and paper” since the release of the final Harry Potter novel in 2007 and the release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard in 2008.

True to her infamous announcing nature, Rowling has announced little about the upcoming project other than the publisher, the targeted demographic (adults), and a promise to release more information in the future. Her official announcement stated:

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world. The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

Curiously, in a statement to the Associated Press, Rowling’s agent Neil Blair (while discussing the financial aspects of the book deal) hammered home the idea that the book is completely different from anything Rowling has done in the past:

“As her new book is for a different audience, and marks a new literary direction for her, it made sense to separate the two and for her new book to be launched by a different publisher.”

Does this seem to indicate that the book will not be in the realm of fantasy we’ve come to expect from Rowling and her tales? What do YOU think Rowling will do with her newest story? And ultimately, are you excited or apprehensive? Let us know in the comments!


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  • Ash

    Super exciting! I’ll definitely be checking out this book! 🙂

  • Wild Card 13

    Why should she be working on a new book for “adults” when her book for children didn’t even pass of as that half-way through the series. Moreover, there were way too many plot-holes and contradictions and not enough character-development in the series for her to even think of writing a novel for adults. Last but not least, how can she even CONSIDER starting a whole new franchise when her huge project called *ahem* Pottermore hasn’t fully succeeded beyond the release-date we were given discouraging so many fans in her original series. So unless Rowling wants to pull up her socks and bring her act up to par, I suggests she continues to write about her teenage wizard and get “his” website up and running before she embarks on a whole new venture. In addition, Rowling’s fans will probably be the only ones interested in the book and unless the novel is really, really good then I doubt people will want to read a whole new franchise. It could work though but I will most certainly be apprehensive about this new book as opposed to excited. 

    • Horsegal4ever

      You haven’t read HP very well if you think it wasn’t well written. The plot was deep and intricate, and the characters did develop. True, I don’t consider it a ‘kids book’ but it’s not really JK that’s putting it in the kid’s section of stores, is it? It’s the people who rate books. Maybe she did intend it as such, but it’s not her really rating it as ‘kids material. Also, it’s not her putting up the website. She probably has a huge hand in it, but she’s not an internet designer or whatever. She has people working on that, and even professionals run into snags. I’ll have to know more about the book before I get interested, since I’m more of a HP fan than a JK Rowling fan. But I think I’ll try it out.

    • KJ

      I am very doubtful if the fault of Pottermore’s delay is hers. Most likely the tech people.

    • Gabs345

      I completely agree with horsegal4ever, HP was well written and the character development was incredible, there is no way you read the books. She’s not starting a whole new franchise, she’s just writing another book. It’s not like she is embarking an another journey like HP. Pottermore should have NOTHING to do with whether she is ready to write another book or not. It sounds like you are trying to sound professional and severe on a brilliant and extremely popular author like Rowling, but none of your reasons for being apprehensive and negative toward Rowling are justified AT ALL. Wonder what the rest of the millions and millions of dedicated fans and critics would say to your response on her latest book…  

    • tyguy609

      I completely agree with Horsegal4ever and Gabs345.  I would say that your argument is more suited for the movies than the books if anything (and we know what any true book fan thinks about movies based on books).  I say go JK!  Any author should be able to write what they want and explore as they see fit.

  • The Grey Rider

    I’d say there’s a good chance this is fantasy, but of a more traditional sort than the ‘arcanesteampunk’ alternateparallel reality in HP, and probably has stuff that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the latter half of HP, only on a more frequent basis…
    Blood and gore maybe?

  • KJ

    A lot of the media is speculating that it’s crime fiction, but I don’t get that vibe, if there is a vibe to be caught. Anywho, so EXCITED!