J.K. Rowling Announces New Book, But 'Harry Potter' Fans May Be Disappointed

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The long-awaited announcement has finally arrived: J.K. Rowling is coming out with a brand new book. After a five-year break from publishing, she's signed a deal with publishing house Little, Brown for the mysterious upcoming project.

Rowling's remaining frustratingly tight-lipped about the details of her new novel—there's no title, plot synopsis, or publication date yet—but one thing's clear: it's not going to be anything like the Harry Potter series

In fact, it's being billed as her first book for adults, which seems a little funny given how many adult Harry Potter fans there are, but I get what they're saying: don't expect this to somehow be an eighth installment in the Potter series.

Rowling released a statement about the (presumably INSANELY LUCRATIVE) publishing deal:

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.

What an utterly unique situation Rowling is in right now. On the one hand, she's got a massive built-in audience any publishing house would kill for—her Harry Potter books have sold more than 400 million copies in 67 languages.

On the other hand, she's got some equally massive expectations to live up to. It seems almost inevitable that anything that isn't Harry Potter is going to be a disappointment.

Rowling herself once said that she would prefer to write any subsequent non-Potter books under a pseudonym, although in 2003 she conceded that if she did so, the press would probably "find out in seconds":

I don't underestimate the investigative powers of the press, but I don't know what I'll do. (...) I do think back to what happened to AA Milne, and he of course tried to write adult novels, and was never reviewed without the mention of Tigger, Pooh, and Piglet. And I would imagine that the same will happen with me. And that's fine. God knows my shoulders are broad enough, I could cope with that.

Considering that the Potter series broke sales records around the world, I can't imagine that her new book will be on quite the same playing field success-wise. Still, Rowling has certainly proven her ability to write stories with mass appeal—the only question is, will readers give her a chance for this new work to stand alone on its own merit? Or is she doomed to live in Harry's shadow forever?

Personally, I'm pretty excited to see what she's come up with. What about you?

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nonmember avatar tnyangel

Of course i'm excited! JK wrote a series that ended so beautifully even that 1st "the wand chooses the wizard line came back to b explained. she had the whole map from start 2 finish before she started! whatever she does it will be great.

nonmember avatar EmmaFrom√Čire

I don't think fans should be pissed at her, it's well within her right to sto away from harry potter, it's her career and thus her choice.

kebates kebates

I would certainly give it a chance... While it won't be the same as Harry Potter, I enjoy her writing style, and imagination.  I think that people will likely think negative of it, given the success she has had, and how could anyone live up to that or not think about Harry Potter while reading anything else by her (like she says) but certainly can branch out and reach a new audience.

Bmat Bmat

I am very interested.  I'll want to read some reviews before buying. But yes, I'll keep my eyes open for it. :)

terab... terabyteme

I would preorder today if I could. Harry Potter kept me entralled from start to finish and I cannot wait to see what else she comes up with.

Zva Zva

JK spent many many years creating the entire Harry Potter world way before she actually sat down and attempted to pen the books. She is talented but there's noooo way it'll have the depth as Harry Potter. That doesn't mean it won't b a good novel but I seriously doubt it'll even be in HP's league

godde... goddess99

She is wonderful. Should be interesting.

MamaM... MamaMandee

Right on! I cant wait to check it out!! 

libby261 libby261

I for one would love to see more on the wizard world.  What about the wizards in the States? or Latin America?  There's bound to more story left to be told.  Voltemort was THE Villan's villan, the villian to which all villans aspire to and all that, but surely she can create a new one?

PonyC... PonyChaser

I love her writing style, so I'm sure that whatever she writes next will be a joy to read. I just hope it's a genre that I enjoy. And please GOD, no vampires!!!

And those who write her off before the book is even published because "it's not Harry Potter"... well, they're going to have their opinions, but I think they'll be missing out. That's like saying that, because Hugh Jackman played Wolverine brilliantly, he can *only* play weird werewolf-looking guys with knives coming out of their hands. How idiotic is that? Or that Ian Anderson was a classical flutist so he should only ever play Mozart. Ridiculous. (go look up Ian Anderson.)

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