Book Industry Reflecting on Life After Harry Potter


May 31, 2007

Posted by SueTLC

Despite all the recent good news about “The Wizard World of Harry Potter” Theme Park coming to Universal Studios in Florida, there is other news today about the books. As BookExpo America, a huge industry convention promoting new books and authors, starts today in New York City, publishers are reflecting on life after the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallowsas the USA Today reports:

“I don’t know if we are ever going to see anything like Harry Potter again in children’s or even adult books,” says Paul Crichton of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books. “Harry will be missed like there is no tomorrow. But publishers have to forge ahead and move on. What Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling have done is incredible. To lose something that strong is going to have an impact.”

Scholastic, which is set to kick off the Knight Bus tour this weekend in New York will be attending the book fair, and while they will not be revealing new hints about the last Harry Potter book, the AP reports “those stopping by the Scholastic, Inc., booth will have to settle for Potter bags.” The anticipation for Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter has been important to the US publishers, as the question remains as to what happens next after the release of the last book.

During a Harry Potter year, sales of the book account for 8% of the company’s revenue, says Scholastic’s Lisa Holton.

Holton says the end of the series doesn’t mean the end of Harry Potter. She calls the books a “modern classic” that will join other children’s classics as perennial sellers.

Then there’s the question of what Rowling will do next. On her website, under Frequently Asked Questions, she writes: “I might do an eighth book for charity, a kind of encyclopedia of the world so that I could use all the extra material that’s not in the books … we’ll see!”

But in an e-mail, her agent, the Christopher Little Literary Agency, said Rowling’s quote was “posted on her website some years ago. … Ms. Rowling has not yet revealed what her next plans are.”

16 Responses to Book Industry Reflecting on Life After Harry Potter

Avatar Image says: 'But in an e-mail, her agent, the Christopher Little Literary Agency, said Rowling's quote was "posted on her website some years ago."' Some years ago? Hasn't the website only been up since 2004? I suppose that is 'some years ago' but that quote makes it sound like it was more like 8-10 years ago to me :PAvatar Image says: I, for one, would like to see JKR create a detective story. I firmly believe that she would be good at it. I would certainly buy it, at least the first one, to see how good she is. As for that phenomenon that we are living, once in a life time is a rarity. We are very fortunate. Thank you, JKRAvatar Image says: OOOOOOOhhhhhh my my my it would be great if she would do a prequel (ex. James Potter's years at hogwarts in great detail. In the HP series we only get juicy tidbits)or I love the idea of Hogwarts a History (wow that would be sooooo interesting). I've never read a book that has sucked me in to the world so vividly, it is something that I can't wait to share with my children (when i have some). But personally I think JKR is just as addicted as we are to this wonderful world she created. Can you imagin creating something for so many years and then just saying okay i think this will be it, yeah right she probably can't keep the thoughts away. Wow she has cult following, you can't just abandon us now:P THANKS JKR FOR MANY WONDEFUL YEARS OF IMAGINATION AND SUPERIOR INTELLECTAvatar Image says: Well put, Dave Almighty! Oh, and I definitely think she'll compile an encyclopedia and call it Hogwarts, A History. Avatar Image says: WE WANT MORE BOOKS, ANY BOOK WRITEN BY J.K. ROWLING WELL SELL,lolAvatar Image says: She MUST write "Hogwarts, A History"...Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will read it! And I will force Harry and Ron to read it too! Then the encyclopedia. -BAvatar Image says: Who knows? YEssssssssssssss first commentAvatar Image says: I think she's said she's been working on a book that's more for young children.Avatar Image says: My vote is mystery novels, with a historical twist, like the Cadfael series. She's very good with mysteries. Avatar Image says: They're right, it IS the end of something fantastic.. I don't think anything could possibly parallel this level of excitement and wonder, ever again in the history of the world! I mean, can you imagine another series of books who have fans so in-depth to an almost psychotic degree, theorising about every tiny detail a thousand ways over, writing their own versions of this fabulous piece of soon-to-be-history, devoting songs to it, holding huge parties..all in its honour? I don't think anything will ever parallel this...I think that makes us so lucky to be living in it while it's happening. In a thousand years time, I guarantee people are still reading this book...and we'll be the ones that were there...the select few who lived in this tiny corner of time, and got to experience it all first-hand... we who get to live in awe.Avatar Image says: Whatever she writes next - I cant see how mapping out a whole new universe again in such detail like she did with HP as that will take up so much commitment. She might complete her young reader story to ease her self back into the writing mould and then wait for that new inspiration! And if that inspiration doesnt come - She has the encyclopedia to throw at the hungry dogs to keep them quiet ;) Perhaps her next grand idea will be do the novelisation of Simpsons the Movie. Just kidding (well she did appear in the simpsons!). Her children might give her ideas. In fact I hope she encourages them to write - one of them may inherit her genes and become a great author too so we can look forward to a new generation of Rowling to entertain us :)Avatar Image says: Oh after harry potter...what a scary thought. I can't even remember life before HP. omg I DON`T WANT DH!!!Avatar Image says: I remember how I thought my brother-n-law was being silly, when he said he was going to the midnight sale/release of GOF. I wasn't into HP then, I said something like, "...Witches and Wizards - like Dugeons and Dragons - right...?" Boy, was I wrong. I remember trying to finsh the last chapter of SS in the line of people waiting to see SS in the theater. Now, I visit all that is HP on the Web at least 4-6 times a day, have read the books at least 3-4 times, have heard the audio CD's at least 10 times, take them on family road trips. Hard to imagine life without a HP book entering my/our lives every couple of years.Avatar Image says: I have no doubt that Jo will write an encyclopedia of the HP world. Can you imagine her shelving all of her well thought out hand written information and locking the files aways forever and ever. She just has to write an encyclopedia, that would be like the Lexicon in book form except for the bits she kept to herself, for instance: her website has an extras section of parts cut from the books.Avatar Image says: i have faith that this will start something big in the writing world - kids are now back into books again thanks to Jo and maybe a new wave of creative writers will emerge. JR Tolkein did the intricacies of a world and put it into a novel - how many years did he spend on middle earth? as long as new writers are inspired to put that much effort in and can see the value in the final product, i reckon the future of writing will be in good hands.Avatar Image says: excellent =]]]]]]]]]

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