MANILA, Philippines – The author of the best-selling Harry Potter series is graduating from Hogwarts and marching to the adult muggle world.
J.K. Rowling returns to publishing to write a new novel, this time for adults.
Five years after finishing the last installment of Harry Potter, Rowling announced in a statement that she is working on a novel unlike the children’s books that broke sales worldwide, sparked a blockbuster movie franchise, inspired a theme park, and triggered a global fandom.
“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different [from] the Harry Potter series,” said Rowling.
“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.”
Rowling’s adult novel will be published by Little, Brown in the US and Britain. Her Harry Potter novels were released by Bloomsbury in Britain and Scholastic in the US, the Associated Press reported.
The British novelist has not yet released the title, release date and details of her now book but these will be revealed later this year.
Life after Potter
Rowling’s new book will mark her transition away from the popular series responsible for her rags-to-riches story.
After conceptualizing Harry Potter on a train trip in 1990, Rowling went from living on social security to a billionaire and philanthropist, according to Forbes magazine.
In 2011, Rowling delighted fans with the announcement of Pottermore, a website that aims to give readers a “unique online Harry Potter experience.”
The author and the stars of the Harry Potter films bid goodbye to the series last year with the release of the last movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Rowling’s decision to write an adult novel comes as actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint also move on to other roles and projects after filming the franchise for 10 years.
Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, stars in the recently released movie The Woman in Black and has also explored theater work.
Still, during the premiere of the last Potter film, Rowling told her readers that the series will always be her first love.
“Whether you come back by page or the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home,” she said. – Rappler.com
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