Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will come back from a five-year break from publishing with a new book, this time for adults. Little, Brown is the lucky publishing house with the rights to the upcoming book, which does not yet have a title or a publication date.
Rowling gave a statement about her new project, but she remains unsurprisingly cagey about the details. “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,” she said. “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.”
The billionaire author stated last year that she had been “writing hard” ever since the 2007 release of the final Harry Potter novel, published in the U.S. by Scholastic. As for returning to the Potterverse in the future, she said, “Never say never. It is my baby and if I want to bring it out to play again, I will.”
What are your hopes for this mysterious book for adults? Do you think there will be a fantasy element, or will it be firmly rooted in the real world?