Despite being the author of the most successful book series of all time, J.K. Rowling might not publish her new book. Her Harry Potter stories have sold over 400 million copies worldwide, and have gone on to spawn one of the most successful and influential movie franchises, with one of the most fervent and vivid fandoms to date. But Harry Potter isn't the only literary creation Rowling has given to the world. She has also written 'The Casual Vacancy', a novel targeted at adults which was also made into a miniseries for TV.
Writing under the name Robert Galbraith, Rowling has also enjoyed success with the character Cormoran Strike, in 'The Cuckoo's Calling', 'The Silkworm' and 'Career of Evil'. Indeed, her talents know no bounds; a prolific writer, she has also turned her hand to screenplays, with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its sequel (plus three more lined up), and also to writing for the stage, crafting the story for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which continues to sell out its West End run more than a year in advance. Over the years, many have hoped for another children's book from Rowling, but nothing has been forthcoming, until now.
Talking to CNN, Rowling revealed that she has written a politically based children's book, but sadly, she says it's unlikely to ever be published. Describing the book as "not political in a party political sense," Rowling went on to say she doesn't know if she'll ever publish it. In fact, Rowling has given the manuscript an outing, though. Revealing that the theme of her fiftieth birthday was "come as your own private nightmare," and Rowling went as "a lost manuscript":
"And I wrote over that dress, most of the book I had... I wrote it. So that book, I don't know if it'll ever be published, but it's actually hanging in a wardrobe currently."
Rowling certainly has pedigree as a children's author, but also as a political voice, having been very vocal about global and U.K. politics on Twitter. Certainly there are fans who would love to read more stories from her, whatever universe they could be set in. There are also those who, based on her lively Twitter account, would love to see Rowling's views expanded upon on the page.
There is the possibility, of course, that Rowling might even change her mind in the future. After all, she doesn't state why she wouldn't want said mystery book published. Maybe if she revisits the manuscript in the future, she might decide it's worthy of publication. In the meantime, maybe someone with access to Rowling's closet will decide to put those words down on paper.
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald/Fantastic Beasts 2 (2018) release date: Nov 16, 2018