Five years after the release of the culmination of her billion dollar Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling has announced today that she has been quietly writing a new adult novel to be published through Little, Brown and Company, which marks the first time that Rowling has not used Bloomsbury or Scholastic, her UK and US publishers respectively.
“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.” Rowling said in a statement released by Little, Brown.
Potter-lovers hoping for a Mauraders prequel or “The Adventures of Albus Severus in Hufflepuff” will be very disappointed, though it’s clear that Rowling will have no problem flying to the top of the Best Sellers list within days of her first adult novels release. Rowling claims her story will not make the journey from Platform 9 3/4 and fans must still rely on Pottermore for other information on Harry and the gang.
“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.” Rowling continued.
Little, Brown is keeping very closemouthed on the subject, with no title or release date to be seen. More details are promised for later this year, and the small tidbit that the adult novel will be available in both print and e-format are not enough for Rowling’s voracious fanbase.
As someone who watched her storytelling progress through the series, Rowling has already proven that she has the chops, with Deathly Hallows tackling some pretty adult themes at times. Though it’s not about The Boy Who Lived, what are your thoughts for Rowling’s new book?