J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy': 10 NSFW lines you would NEVER see in a Harry Potter book

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Today, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling‘s much-anticipated novel for grown-ups hit bookstores, and while reviews have been mixed (read EW’s here), one thing is for sure: this is not a book for kids. Heroin addiction, rape, child abuse, self-mutilation — Rowling positively piles on the unpleasantness. The Casual Vacancy is about various residents of a small English town jockeying over an open town-council seat, which might not sound like the stuff of parental nightmares. But trust us: do not let your kids read this book. Not convinced? Here are 10 context-free lines that offer just a small taste of Rowling’s not-at-Hogwarts-anymore new novel.

1. “You cocky, self-centered little… little s—

2. “You f—in’ look after him fer a f—in’ change then, you useless f—in’ smackhead cow!”

3. With a slight shiver of fear that was a blessed relief in its narrow, immediate focus, she placed the blade halfway up her forearm and sliced into her own flesh.

4. “Uhhlll… uhhlll… C–TING THING! You f—ing do it! You! You’ve got pissy little girl’s fingers!”

5. “I f—ed her last night.”

6. Andrew leaned across and took the joint, giggling in anticipation, and at the beatific smile on Fats’ face, which was quite at odds with his usual constipated scowl.

7. “F—ing and dying. That’s it, innit? F—ing and dying. That’s life.”

8. He rolled off her, peeled off the condom and threw it aside, then zipped himself up, feeling jittery, looking around to check that they were definitely alone.

9. “Get off the carpet! Get off the f—ing carpet, you little pansy!”

10. “Hoo-f—ing-ray.”

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