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What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?

Posted by Melissa
May 25, 2011, 11:40 AM
A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.
5867 (15%)
The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.
3272 (8%)
Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen
20869 (54%)
I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.
8246 (21%)
  38254 votes in total


102 Points

aww man I didn’t win anything in the powerball drawing! Not even one powerball matched! LOLOLOL!!!

Posted by Hufflebug on November 28, 2012, 11:32 PM report to moderator
102 Points

feels like a lout Did a brief catch up …. sorry to see lots of pain going around! I hope everyone feels better soon!!!

Posted by Hufflebug on November 28, 2012, 11:41 PM report to moderator
26 Points

I think time for a prequel… wouldn’t that be cool?

Posted by Beth Roberts on November 29, 2012, 05:17 AM report to moderator
245 Points

Yes, BETH, I noticed a few days ago this poll has been up so long it has become relevant again. We are once again legitimately getting to supposition what the next book will be. A prequel would be fabulous. Anything Harry related would be fabulous. I don’t know about anyone else but I can do without another one like TCV.

TCV was a horrific read for anyone with tendencies toward depression or toward any of the psychological issues which make appearances in the book. I’ve actually told people NOT to read TCV for that reason. I knew the book was too close to home for some of them. I never thought I would try to stop anyone from reading a JKR book.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 29, 2012, 08:16 AM report to moderator
245 Points

Sorry, BETH, I just looked. You are brand new here. This poll is 18 months old, way before we knew about TCV. Now TCV has come and gone and we are back to the same place, speculating about the next book again.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 29, 2012, 08:22 AM report to moderator
436 Points

asti, has your daughter heard the Lorenna McKinnett version of The Highwayman" ? It’s beautiful!

LH, my BF got TCV a while ago. I think he technically got it for me, but he’s the one who started reading it (I don’t have time to read now anways). He’s had it for a couple of months and is only about 60 pages in. I haven’t heard him talk much about it so far, so it’s obviously not grabbing him.

Good luck to everyone with their aches and pains. My hip is feeling much better today. Yesterday, too. I’ll play basketball today and hopefully make it to the gym this afternoon. Hopefully all goes well.

So we had a department function last night. We had 100% of our Geoscience faculty donate to the United Way drive this fall, so we were invited to a University-hosted dinner (including open bar! WooHoo!) and basketball tickets to the men’s game. The BF came with me – it was the first time I’ve introduced him to any of the Geoscience faculty (except one woman who plays soccer with us). It was kinda fun to get him involved with that side of my job – he met all the Museum staff I work with really early in our relationship.

In addition to that, I found out yesterday that mt first year tenure file passed muster; meaning that my tenure committee voted that I could stay! And one of my favorite guys in the department had wonderful things to say about the job I’ve been doing so far. Made me feel very good! :D

Posted by Dr. LEW on November 29, 2012, 08:35 AM report to moderator
1884 Points

Glad that folks are feeling better.

I took my shower early this morning and am now in the process of doing the laundry. I really don’t have much more than towels etc since I only washed things a few days ago. You really don’t have a lot of laundry when you are washing for one. I only have 3 loads when I do wash-whites, colored, and towels. I have more towels than anything since my daughter and granddaughter are here a lot.

I need to go straighten my hair. It is completely dry now. I never get it completely dry with the hair dryer. My arm gets tired holding the dryer.

Posted by Cool G on November 29, 2012, 09:19 AM report to moderator
245 Points

DR LEW, BIG CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I know you have been angsting yourself out about not getting as much done at the museum as you would have liked as quickly as you would have liked. So, you see, they have a much more realistic expectation over what you can accomplish than you do and they think you are doing a great job. Good for you and good for having a boyfriend who is working out. I’m glad your hip is feeling better. Don’t push it if it rebels.

COOLG, I can always do laundry. I am never ever completely finished. I think I’m about to get cleaned up and head to a bookstore in Memphis. Although they carry new books they also carry used books and specialize in rare books. I have just found an online listing of mythlogy books they have on their shelves in the used section, all for much less than I would pay for them new on Amazon. So, I am going to go dig through them and pick up a few for my daughter for Christmas if I find something I think she would particularly like. She doesn’t mind used.

I also purchased a Tree of Life pendant with moonstones from MUGGLETRISH. Those of you on Facebook know she has a cottage industry/online sales of handmade jewelry. That will be a Santa present.

TCV sounds just like a JKR book when you are reading it, except for the content. I know someone with really, really, really bad OCD. He is a hoarder, extremely habitual and believes he is personally responsible for anything that goes wrong. I did not think he needed to read TCV.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 29, 2012, 09:34 AM report to moderator
857 Points

Work lurk! ;)

Posted by Deanie on November 29, 2012, 12:13 PM report to moderator
231 Points

Nice going Dr. Lew!

Laundry for me is very easy. Add liquid,add clothes, turn on machine. I don’t separate,they are adult
clothes that can take care of themselves.

Posted by ironsos on November 29, 2012, 01:28 PM report to moderator
925 Points

I went to see Breaking Dawn today with my friend and we were both thrilled with it. I was glad that I had taken the trouble to collect photos of all the new vampire characters in this film because I knew them well enough to know which coven they belonged to or whether they were loners. I am really pleased that the final book was split into two films because there was plenty of material for both films and time enough to have a good grasp of the story and the people involved. I was impressed with young Mackensie Foy as Renesmée and the family likeness was very convincing. I enjoyed Kristen’s vampire Bella, excellent character development. This has been a fascinating and varied series of films and each director has brought something different to the mix and the cumulative process has brought the Edward and Bella story to a finely honed conclusion. Congratulations to all concerned.

Posted by Graymayne on November 29, 2012, 02:46 PM report to moderator
245 Points

I did go order one more brand new mythology book from a local bookstore.

The Encyclopaedia of Celtic Myth and Legend : A Definitive Sourcebook of Magic, Vision, and Lore (Hardcover)by John Matthews, Caitlin Matthews

Yesterday I picked up another book I had ordered a couple of weeks ago.

Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend (Paperback)by Miranda J. Green

My trip to the used bookstore was productive. I came out with four books (one a two volume edition) for about the same cost as the two new books.

The Annotated Shakespeare (Three Volumes in One): The Comedies, The Histories, Sonnets and Other Poems, The Tragedies and Romances
Shakespeare, William

King of the Celts: Arthurian Legends and Celtic Tradition
Markale, Jean

Celtic Battle Heroes : Cuchulainn: Boadicea: Fionn MacCumhail: Macbeth
Matthews, John; Stewart, R. J.

The Facts on File Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, in 2 Paperback Volumes
Mercatante, Anthony S.; Dow, James R.

I also have two DVDs for my daughter, BRAVE, the new animated film about a Celtic princess and LES MISERABLES, the 10th Anniversary Concert. My daughter preferred that edition to the 25th Anniversary Concert which is also available on DVD because Lea Salonga sings Eponine.

I have a instructional art sketch book which I have had so long I don’t remember the title.

My daughter will have MUGGLETRISH’s Tree of Life pendant, the two DVDs and the art book from Santa. The mythology books will be her gifts from us. Oh, yes, I have a Norse mythology book whose title I can’t remember right now.

This is the first Christmas with nothing that can be classified as a toy, not even an electronic toy like a KindleFire. I guess my baby has grown up on me, almost nothing but books for Christmas this year.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 29, 2012, 03:03 PM report to moderator
245 Points

GRAYMAYNE, I’m glad you enjoyed the film. There are a lot of people over at Facebook waiting for you to see it so it can be discussed in detail here.

I take it the “imaginary” battle was not part of the book. If that was not part of the book then what was the climax?

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 29, 2012, 03:33 PM report to moderator
436 Points

You never know, LH. When I started grad school my parent started buying me toys again. Lots of dinosaur toys…

Posted by Dr. LEW on November 29, 2012, 03:38 PM report to moderator
106 Points

I was going to agree with Lady Hawke……… This year my daughter’s Christmas will also be mainly books, with no traditional toys. She too is growing up. Then I read LEW’s post, and I am still giggling!

LEW, thanks for The Highwayman link. I will show my daughter. And congratulations on your brilliant start in your job.

My daughter had cookery club tonight, and cooked tomato and basil tart with garlic bread. She has one more session left. I think I am going to write a note of thanks to the teacher who runs the club. She puts in a LOT of additional work, and my daughter has loved it.
Son’s mock exams finished today with papers in Maths and Graphics. He said it was tough, but ok. He is also nursing an injured hand after being “studded” in a rugby game in PE.

Posted by asti on November 29, 2012, 03:58 PM report to moderator
245 Points

ASTI, what books will your daughter be receiving? What is her theme going to be or will it be a smattering of novels and cookbooks?

I’m glad your son is finished with the mock exams so he can get them out of his head before the holidays. I’m surprised he managed a studded hand. I would have thought all that would have been down on the legs.

I do believe parents revert on gift giving whenever possible. I know I received a stuffed dalmation as a present around my 35th birthday. Way deep down parents like to think their child has remained a child. I know my parents actually recoil when I tell them how old I am. I know it never occurred to them when I was born they would ever see me at this age.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 29, 2012, 04:09 PM report to moderator
245 Points

I made one additional purchase at the used bookstore for myself, a UK paperback of Deathly Hallows. This is my first UK edition of any of the books. It is in excellent condition, as if no one ever read it. :-(

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 29, 2012, 04:32 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Lady Hawke, over the last year or so, my daughter has completely fallen for a series of books collectively called Warrior Cats. She already has the first series as a box set. I have bought her the second, plus a stand alone companion book that is HUGE.
She has caught up with the authors….. She tried to order the first book of the fourth series from the library, and was told it was only available in the US. She has made me put it on my Amazon wishlist so I know when it is released here……now my recommendations page is full of cat books!
She’s also got a book on Ancient Egypt. She is studying it at school, and is fascinated. The book is beautiful. Also, a book of the Greek Myths, and the latest Wimpy Kid.
She pre empted me by buying herself a cookery book from the school book club!
I have NOT bought her a couple books I know she wants, as her main present will be the Kindle Fire. I am going to ask my sister to buy her an Amazon gift card so she can have some fun buying her first ebooks.

In rugby, it is pretty easy to get a stud injury anywhere on the body. They seem to spend most of their time on the ground in the mud. My washing machine cries whenever I put my son’s rugby kit in it.The hurt hand is not nearly as bad as I thought. Most of what I though was bruising turned out to be ingrained dirt. It’s amazing what a bath can do.

And I am absolutely certain that my Dad couldn’t state my age to within 5 years.

Posted by asti on November 29, 2012, 04:41 PM report to moderator
245 Points

My daughter has read all the Warrior Cat books and all the stand alone books. I guess she started reading them four years ago and caught up with them and had to wait for them to be published. She thinks there are five full series completed at this point. She hasn’t read the most recent one. She has been on the City of Bones and the Julie Kagawa Iron King and Immortal Rules series. She is excited about your daughter reading the Warrior Cats and becoming interested in mythology.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 29, 2012, 06:03 PM report to moderator
925 Points

Lady Hawke I deliberately didn’t re-read Breaking Dawn because it is so easy to regret the omission of some of one’s favourite moments therefore my recollection of the confrontation is a bit hazy. There are cunning trials of strength on the part of the Volturi which are effectively countered by the gifts of various vampires and the Cullen team manage to convince the “witnesses” that the crime of which they have been accused has no foundation in truth. The Volturi retire but not before Bella’s shield has been proved to be very effective, so she finally comes into her own as a vampire with a valuable gift. The scene had too much dialogue in a static setting to be satisfactory as a film and the alternative scenario was devised between Stephenie and the scriptwriter. I thought it worked well because it was presented as Alice’s warning of what would happen if Aro did not change his intentions, and for a while the audience saw Alice’s vision as Aro saw it. Neat! Earlier Bella had realised that Alice believed that Jacob and Renesmée would need to escape because Bella and Edward would be killed, hence the passport provision set up by Jasper with a shady lawyer in Seattle and collected by Bella unbeknown to Edward.

Posted by Graymayne on November 29, 2012, 07:45 PM report to moderator
1884 Points


I did not reread Breaking Dawn before seeing the movie. So when the battle began, I was startled to see what was happening. Like I said, my mouth flew open and I forgot to breath. So much was happening so fast I could not keep up with it. That is why I need to see it again. This is one case where the movie was more exciting than the book.

Posted by Cool G on November 30, 2012, 06:43 AM report to moderator
87 Points

afternoon all

I just uploaded my writing onto NaNo and it confirmed I reached 50,000 words whooo hoooo i just won my first official NaNo and I’m feeling very proud and smug with myself :-) Now I can file it away for a few months and get back to editing the first book properly (asti I still have all of your edits and comments to incorporate :-)

Lew How much of a cougar do I want to be??? what type of question is that!!!!!!! the question should be ‘what type of cougar could I potentially be?’ hahahaha

Huff out of the 300 plus men at the event all of them without exception were in their 50’s (so outside of my dating demographic) . ..they were nice to chat to, but definitely no romantic prospects . . plus they were all talking about engineering widgets so I didn’t have a clue what was going on. My role was to drink wine and smile a lot. I did have a lovely pre-event shopping experience though. I HATE shopping particularly for black tie events . . I always think I resemble a chimp in a dress. I ran into one of our department stores in a total panic and one of the shop assistants turned out to be a personal shopper (lots of the bigger stores provide these as a free service, but you usually have to book months in advance). Because it was a work day she was free and was happy to help. She picked 8 dresses off a rack, all of them were dresses I would never have chosen because they weren’t a style I thought would suit me. Out of the 8 dresses, 6 of them looked amazing (I’m not being big headed here – it was the dress not me that did all the work). I have never had such a positive shopping experience in my life. Normally I come away feeling frumpy and miserable, but after this one I came away feeling fabulous and gorgeous. After a lot of indecision I finally chose a really nice dress that is very multifunctional – I can dress up for black tie events and dress down for work. . .its fab. There was another dress I really liked that I’ve put on layby. It has lace straps which are a real feature of the dress, but I couldnt wear it for a work event because I have a large tattoo across my upper arm and back and so have to cover it for official engagements. .and covering the top of the dress would have ruined the look of it. It will be good for friend nights out though were I dont mind having my tattoo on show.

asti I thought I had mentioned my plans to go to the US. . .maybe I meant to mention it and then forgot (I’m a bit absent minded at the moment). I was originally planning a family holiday to Florida with a side trip to go to see Lemon, but my sister has decided to postpone the trip for a year so she has more time to save up for the flights. . . which left me with free time to plan my own holiday. . . .so I’m off to New York for a few days on the 21 May, then flying over to see lew on the 24th (I think) for a few days if hiking and drinking fun. Then its off to catch up with lemon (who is so excited that she seems to have forgotten how to turn off the CAPS LOCK on her email whenever she sends me a message about it). also hoping to get to see Rhiannon as well. Its all very exciting. I’m really looking forward to it.

Posted by Wolfie on November 30, 2012, 07:44 AM report to moderator
857 Points

Wolfie I you look like a chimp in a dress, what does Elmo think of it? Does that make you look like the perfect couple? ;)

Sorry, it was just too tempting. ;)

Anoher work lurk! ;)

Posted by Deanie on November 30, 2012, 08:12 AM report to moderator
245 Points

WOLFIE, since you are arriving in the US on my birthday I really think you should come straight down here and sing Happy Birthday to me in person. I shall feel absolutely SNUBBED if you are in the country and ignore me on my birthday.

I think it would be lovely to have a personal shopper who could just look at clothing hanging on a rack and be able to tell what would look good on me. I’ve always thought if I ever had an opportunity to go into a chic shop where ladies do more than help you, they dote on you, would be to say, “Just bring what you know looks best on my type and dress me like a doll.” So many different shapes confuse me too much. I used to know what looked best on me but I had a baby and since then I’m clueless. I really quit shopping.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 30, 2012, 09:58 AM report to moderator
231 Points

Off to buy more Christmas cards.

Posted by ironsos on November 30, 2012, 02:38 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Good evening!

Lady Hawke, my daughter is delighted to know that your daughter has read and enjoyed the Warrior Cats. She wonders which is her favourite book? She says her own so far is Eclipse from the third series.
These books have really grabbed her. This will be the series she remembers as an adult. None of her friends are big fans, and she really is pleased to find someone else who really enjoyed them.
She is curious to know if your daughter has read The Red Pyramid series by Rick Riordan? Daughter has just finished the third book. It deals with Egyptian Gods rather than Greek, but these books, along with the school work, has really fired my daughter’s interest in the Ancient World.

Wolfie, huge congratulations on the NaNo! And the US trip sounds like a lot of fun. Take a LOT of pictures for us please! And have you been on the HP Studio Tour yet?

Posted by asti on November 30, 2012, 03:00 PM report to moderator
245 Points

ASTI, My daughter has read all the Rick Riordan books. I wonder if we should get them emailing each other She was asking similar questions for me to ask your daughter. I know my daughter is older but I suspect she might like to have a friend in the UK to whom she can admit who she is and where she lives, like a real life friend. She suspects she has friends in the UK from the Warrior Cat website but since they aren’t supposed to reveal their identities she can only guess. Does your daughter go to the Warrior Cat website? They have roll playing games there. It was the Rick Riordan books that inspired all the interest in Greek and Egyptian mythology here. Then, she started the Iron King series and became interested in Celtic mythology as well.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 30, 2012, 03:19 PM report to moderator
106 Points

Wow, isn’t that interesting! The two girls seem to have very similar interests.
My daughter goes on the Warrior Cats website a lot, but I admit, once I realised it was pretty secure, I’ve left her to it, so I don’t really know how involved she is.
I will have to look up the Iron King. I looked at City of Bones, but that is way too old for my daughter yet. That is a big trouble for me…. Her reading ability is way ahead of her knowledge or understanding of relationships and how they work.
I would be more than happy for them to email each other. Daughter is quite excited about the idea.

Posted by asti on November 30, 2012, 03:39 PM report to moderator
106 Points

The Iron King sounds really good, but again, I think daughter needs to be a bit older. It’s so difficult to know how much leeway to give her. I’ll be a lot happier in a couple of years!

Posted by asti on November 30, 2012, 03:42 PM report to moderator
245 Points

I’ll ask my daughter if she remembers anything a bit more age appropriate to point at your daughter. I’ll see what she says about emailing. You know I have issues with her spelling. So, I would put her on her “best spelling behavior” and tell this is a British girl with better spelling so she would need to step it up a bit.

I suppose they could just use our email addresses and put the other person’s name in the subject heading.

Posted by Lady Hawke on November 30, 2012, 03:55 PM report to moderator
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