J.K. Rowling’s Next Novel Announced, Written for Adults

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Feb 23, 2012

Posted by Melissa Anelli

UPDATE: jkrowling.com is being “refreshed and redesigned” and will be opened again later this spring. An e-mail list has been added to the Web site’s interface for readers to subscribe to updates.

J.K. Rowling’s agency, the Blair Partnership, announced this morning that the Harry Potter author will be releasing a new novel for adults.

The only other info on the page, besides a graphic, is a note from the author indicating that “While I have loved writing it just as much, my next book will be very different from the Harry Potter series.”

A press release further notes:

“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”

Details will be announced “later in the year.” The as-yet unnamed book has been bought by Little, Brown and Company in the UK and US.

The book will be the first of J.K. Rowling’s work to be available immediately in print and electronic versions. There was no auction for the rights to the book.

As always through all these years, stay very close to Leaky for news and developments on J.K. Rowling’s writing: we will be covering it as closely as we do Harry Potter.

Oh, and: leave a comment if you just screamed, did a dance, jumped for joy, or anything else.





93 Responses to J.K. Rowling’s Next Novel Announced, Written for Adults

Avatar ImageNiphai says: Best news ever! We readers, who started the Harry Potter journey early, are adults now. So this is the natural step forwards. I'm really looking forwards to read something totally different from Jo!Avatar ImageRoni says: Yeah, I screamed. I also might have clapped.Avatar ImagesoseLellata says: I'm currently hyperventilating, just a little...Avatar Imageginnyrose says: i SQUEEEEEEEEEEEE when i saw the tweet making my little one jump >.< but yay can't wait Avatar ImageAmikia says: I just did a little happy dance and squee! So awesome!Avatar Imageguest_age says: Between this and a new StarKid musical, I think fandom is trying to kill me with too much awesome lately.Avatar ImageAsria says: I'm just sitting here, grinning like a maniac! FINALLY!! :DAvatar Imagetibby71 says: I screamed :D And now I'm just sitting here smiling :) That's such great news (:Avatar Imagerettophantom says: This has definitely not sunk in. I am in shock. But I'm starting to get that amazing tingly feeling in my stomach that I haven't had in nearly 5 years. I feel my blood starting to move super fast. I'm so happy I feel like I'm going to throw up.Avatar ImageMad But Happy says: Epic! I can't wait to see what she does next!Avatar ImageMatea says: Picture book, novel, SF or a science study, I'd read anything that comes out of her brain! Yes, they could have said the genre, title or the release date, at least.Avatar Imagepabor says: WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I almost screamed, and I'm working. LOL. I'm soooooo HAPPY! Grinning like a MANIAC! Wonderful news. I have forwarded the news so I’m able to share this great feeling.Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: I merely gasped : D I wish we'd gotten an estimated release date, and a clue as to the genre other than 'adult' (I'm assuming that doesn't mean something very steamy). It's torture having the information released in such tiny increments. If I were a betting person, my money would be on it being something like a mystery. I mean, she's awfully good at keeping us all guessing, isn't she?Avatar Imagepie_is_good says: THIS IS SO EXCITING AND ALSO WORSE THAN ANY OTHER PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT. Because we have no idea what to expect! None! We don't know the characters or the genre or the title; we literally have nothing to speculate on! STILL I DON'T CARE; YAAAAAAAAAAAAY! :D :DAvatar Imagelupinblack2001 says: Squeal, clap, happy dance, cry. Oh what glorious news!!! This has made my day. Maybe my week. I have tears in my eyes!!Avatar Imagelupinblack2001 says: Squeal, clap, happy dance, cry. Oh what glorious news!!! This has made my day. Maybe my week. I have tears in my eyes!!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: This is SO EXCITING! I don't know what to do with myself. I can't sit still and I can't think clearly. This is almost too much! Jo Rowling, I LOVE YOU!!!!Avatar ImageStarlysh says: I jumped up and ran to the computer in my room just to be sure it wasn't a mistake on my phoneAvatar ImageBellatrixRiddle says: I screamed, did a crazed happy dance, texted and emailed all my friends screaming OH MY ROWLING!!! Right now I am crying with pure joy. This is the happiest I've been since like ever (except like when I saw the new Starkid Musical) THANK YOU LEAKY Avatar ImageBellatrixRiddle says: I screamed, did a crazed happy dance, texted and emailed all my friends screaming OH MY ROWLING!!! Right now I am crying with pure joy. This is the happiest I've been since like ever (except like when I saw the new Starkid Musical trailer) THANK YOU LEAKY Avatar ImageBellatrixRiddle says: I screamed, did a crazed happy dance, texted and emailed all my friends screaming OH MY ROWLING!!! Right now I am crying with pure joy. This is the happiest I've been since like ever (except like when I saw the new Starkid Musical trailer) THANK YOU LEAKY Avatar ImageBellatrixRiddle says: I screamed, did a crazed happy dance, texted and emailed all my friends screaming OH MY ROWLING!!! Right now I am crying with pure joy. This is the happiest I've been since like ever (except like when I saw the new Starkid Musical trailer) THANK YOU LEAKY Avatar ImageBellatrixRiddle says: I screamed, did a crazed happy dance, texted and emailed all my friends screaming OH MY ROWLING!!! Right now I am crying with pure joy. This is the happiest I've been since like ever (except like when I saw the new Starkid Musical trailer) THANK YOU LEAKY Avatar ImageBellatrixRiddle says: I screamed, did a crazed happy dance, texted and emailed all my friends screaming OH MY ROWLING!!! Right now I am crying with pure joy. This is the happiest I've been since like ever (except like when I saw the new Starkid Musical trailer) THANK YOU LEAKY Avatar ImageNightPhoenix35 says: I'm so stoked!!! I know we have all been waiting for this day for years!!! Avatar ImageDilys Derwent says: Great news, but prematurely announced, I think. I'd rather they have waited until they could at least tell us the title and the month or at least the season in which the book will be published. I mean, I expected her to write more, so this really isn't surprising news. Avatar ImageLauraKeaton says: OMG. My first reaction was, this must be a joke. After checking my calendar to noting that today isn't April 1st, I'm very excited. However, I'm also a bit scared. Jo has a lot to live up to, and while I will read whatever she writes, I know I will always compare it to Harry Potter. I'm hoping I won't be disappointed.Avatar Imagelupinblack2001 says: Wait details later this year? Now we are tortured into waiting for more details. Now!!! Please !! Its been four long years. Avatar Imagevikehi says: At work in a library. Can't scream, but I did run and tell my boss!Avatar Imagejasygrama says: This is fantastic news!!! Can't wait and will be watching Leaky for the release date as well as any news about the publication!! Definitely will purchase!Avatar ImageSomethingWickedThisWayCome says: Woo! Definitely cannot wait! Avatar ImageElwood J. Blues says: I jumped and squealed. So excited. But the refreshed website is what interests me. Will it be similar to her old one that I loved so much? I'm excited for the new book but I'm a little more excited for the new website. I hope it still has all the cool Easter Eggs and that Peeves will still visit. Avatar ImagePhoenixQuest12 says: That is so cool! By the way, hello, Leaky! Thanks for being here for us to read this story when Mugglenet is back down again :DAvatar ImageRavenclawmax says: Oh Wow this is amazingAvatar Imagebobbblie says: Can't wait! Thanks Melissa for the updates from your twitter. I think you might of calm down a bit by now. lolAvatar ImageMissMarauder says: fasjdflkasjdf sjdfl first Newsies is on Broadway and then this? Dreams really do come true.Avatar Imagezaucwrkexun says: Great news! I wonder what genre it is? Hopefully it'll come out by the time I'm in Uni. 3 years to go. :DAvatar ImagedrepGlomele says: I'm sorry to say it, but this new book will be terrible. As much as I love Harry Potter, JK Rowling isn't a good writer. The plotline to HP is fantastic; it is nowhere CLOSE to well-written.Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: AAAAAAAAAAAAH! Just screamed and did a dance for my mom! I have been saying since the beginning of the year that Jo needed to announce a new book this year. And now she has! SQUEEEEE. And, Melissa, I would please like an episode of Pottercast ASAP deconstructing every detail of her under-construction website. How many pages would you say that stand-in book is? And why orange? I NEED TO KNOW. :DAvatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: The yellow cover's gotta be a clue, right? Maybe a book about Canaries? :PAvatar Imagehermy007 says: suhweet!! can't wait to read it, yay!! :DAvatar Imagehermy007 says: love the pic that went with the article btw leaky. :DAvatar Imagephill nz fan says: Finally, a new Rowling book to look forward to! It has been nearly five years! I wonder if it'll be out in time for LeakyCon? Can't wait!Avatar Imagephill nz fan says: Finally, a new Rowling book to look forward to! It has been nearly five years! I wonder if it'll be out in time for LeakyCon? Can't wait!Avatar Imagesamisapotterfan says: I squeeeeeed and did my happy dance (jump up and down hands above my head then bring them down screaming YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS) in the middle of study hall whattever there all muggles anyways.Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: A bright spot to my otherwise not so great day! Thanks for the update :-)Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I so happy about this!!!! I wonder whether it will be as original as Harry Potter. Really feels like everythings moved on :( still can't wait for the book to come out Avatar Imagetbearlupin says: Best. Wake up news. Ever. *screams and flails*Avatar Imagetbearlupin says: Best. Wake up news. Ever. *screams and flails*Avatar Imagelollifant says: I have tears in my eyes, really, this makes me so extremely happy. We've been waiting so long for it, I can't believe it, I just, oh my, this is amazing news...I want to hug you all! :D I'm sooooooooooooo happy!Avatar ImageElwood_magic says: It's amazing news!! It just made me very sad to see the new jkrowling.com website thought - I do hope there'll be a copy of the original website with all the HP stuff; don't want to lose it!Avatar ImageJoRowlingRocks says: I'm not sure whether to throw up or cry I'm so excited!Avatar ImageJennyLA says: YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This just made my day!Avatar ImageGwynogs_rabbit says: Very very very very very very pleased :) :) :) :) :) :) :) I miss her voice.Avatar Imagehorcruxhunter7 says: YAY! YAY! YAY! Might not be able to read it if it's an adult book though...Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: OMGGGG,still screaming,this is super exciting!!! :DAvatar ImageRemusRox says: I feel like I woke up on April 1st, but it isn't April 1st. I'm still pinching myself. I thought she'd release books anonymously and I'd have to spend the rest of my life reading every book written post-Harry Potter. This is a relief and excruciatingly exciting.Avatar Imagebonica says: As my niece wrote, "Urgghh"!!!!! I can't wait to read it. Now Saturday nite can't bust jokes on us ole "adults" cuz this book is for adults. heh-heh!!!!Avatar ImageAvanelleWood says: This is wonderful, wonderful, news!!! Yaaaaaaaaay!!! ***turns cartwheels***Avatar ImageMuggle Mommy says: Screaming, clapping, dancing, SQUEEEEEEEing!!!! :)Avatar Imagekiwimci says: PANIC ATTACK!! PotterCast NOW!!!Avatar Imageroonwit says: Elwood_magic: I agree it will be a shame to lose the old web site, and I agree they should keep it available somewhere. But is nice to know Jo is happy enough with this new book to publish it.Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: This is the best way to start my day, a new book!!!!! XD I cant wait to hear what its going to be about. =DAvatar ImageForTheGreaterGood says: GAHHHHHH! oh my goodness, i am about to die!Avatar ImageLilyLunaPotter16 says: I am literally hyperventilating right now.Avatar ImageCatherine says: SCREAMED? I SCREAMED WITH SO MUCH EXCITEMENT MY SISTER SLAMMED THE BREAKS OF THE CAR AND ASKED WHAT HAPPENED!!!!! OMG!! SQUUEEEEEEEEE!!!!Avatar Imagekatelyner123 says: OMGEEEEEE!!! J.K. Rowling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It will probably be epic! (Though not as epic as HP) lolAvatar ImageMudblood_and_proud says: OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! im in the library so i cant scream BUT I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY RIGHT NOW YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!!! BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! starkid has a new show, b@man, and JO HAS A NEW BOOK!!!!!!! definently worthy of a new pottercast. this is like a harry potter EXPLOSION!!!!!! there is too much awesome in the world right now!!!!!!!Avatar ImageXyra44 says: Cool. Little, Brown is a great house. Authors include Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson, Cate Tiernan, and many others. :DAvatar Imageglow_freak says: EEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! I wish we knew more details! I CAN'T WAIT to get my new JK book fix!!!Avatar Imageverity_green says: Very exciting news!! Wish we didn't have to wait so long to learn more about it though.Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: YES. YES. YES. YES. YES!!!! Although I'm not an adult yet, I'll still read it. J.K. Rowling never disappoints when it comes to writing, I'm truly looking forward to it and I'm sort of frustrated that I don't have the physical book right now. It has been far too long since her last recent book. Anyway, SOOOOOO EXCITED!!!Avatar Imageroonwit says: Jo has put up a twitter post now, very similar to the note on her website.Avatar ImageGraymayne says: I'm afraid that the literary world will not be impressed by a press release which includes a grammatical error.Avatar Imagemoongardener says: I can hardly wait!!!Avatar ImageLivi22 says: I didn't believe it when I first heard, this morning when my friends rushed in to tell me, but now, well how can I not believe it? I love crime, so this should be AMAZING!Avatar Image1HarryPotterFan123 says: THIS MADE MY DAY!!!! <3 I can't wait!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAYYYY!!!Avatar Imageakcorr says: Like I said on the leaky news site: This woman could write about washing dishes and I'd buy it! Freaking stoked about this!!!Avatar Imageakcorr says: I think this calls for a podcast! Anyone else agree??Avatar Imageweasleywannabe1997 says: Nice that the sample cover is Hufflepuff color....oh well, maybe just to me. This is such exciting news - can't wait!Avatar ImageHermioneLunaHP says: OMG! WONDERFUL!Avatar ImageMagical Arts says: Well, I hope the novel will be appropriate for a potterhead on 13 although it is going to be a adult novel.Avatar ImageSmartaps_2 says: I'm so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o excited!!!!!!!!! *does a jig* Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!! Love you Jo!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageSigourney1990 says: AMAZING! I've been waiting for this :D her writing style is so fantastic, I can't wait to see what she's been doing.Avatar Imageroonwit says: Magical Arts: Hopefully it should become clearer closer to publication whether it is actually unsuitable for children, or whether it is just the sort of book that children are less likely to read and enjoy. I suspect the latter, and it is possible that non-adult Potter fans will still enjoy it provided they are prepared for it being very different from the Potter books.Avatar ImageRowling Stones says: Although this still doesnt give us much info as to what the "New Book/Scottish Book" will be about, I am still absorbing the works "later this year" SQUEEEEEE!, although I do have my doubts, remember they said October for Pottermore: (Avatar ImagePromione says: Why am I crying after hearing such a great news? after hearing what I've been dreaming for the last 5 years? JKRowling will write a new book! these are tears of joy for sure...I'm too glad. Well I'm 16 and I'll turn off-age this later this year. so I'm gonna read the book the moment I reach it--- or it reaches me!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: She took down her HP website for this!Avatar ImageEthighese says: Wow. খুব ভালো!

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