J.K. Rowling conjures new book, website

MANILA, Philippines – J.K. Rowling has more spells up her sleeve.

The Harry Potter author announced that her first adult novel will be called The Casual Vacancy. Rowling revealed in February that she is working on a new book, this time for grown-up muggles.

Now, Rowling gave more details about her new project. The Washington Post reported that the book will be set in an English town called Pagford.

The story revolves around the death of Barry Fairweather, whose unexpected death shocks the local villagers of Pagford. 

Her publisher, Little, Brown & Co. described The Casual Vacancy as “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising.”

"Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war."

The book will be released globally on September 27 as an e-book, hardback volume, and audio download and CD, reported the BBC. 

The Casual Vacancy is Rowling’s first novel 5 years since she finished the last installment of Harry Potter. The children’s books broke sales worldwide, sparked a blockbuster movie franchise, inspired a theme part, 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,” Rowling said in February.

“The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me.”

New site, too

The announcement of the title of Rowling’s new book came alongside the launch of her new website, www.jkrowling.com.

Rowling tweeted on Thursday, April 12, that her new author website is now live.

The site offers information on Rowling’s life, Harry Potter, and her new book.

AUTHOR WEBSITE. Aside from a new book, J.K. Rowling unveiled her new author website. Screen shot of www.jkrowling.com

AUTHOR WEBSITE. Aside from a new book, J.K. Rowling unveiled her new author website. Screen shot of www.jkrowling.

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Rowling is the force behind another online platform Pottermore.

Launched in 2011, Pottermore is a website that aims to give readers a “unique online Harry Potter experience” including new exclusive content about the characters, places and objects in the series.

Harry Potter was the turning point in Rowling’s 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. – Rappler.com 

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