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'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling moves to Little, Brown for first adult novel release

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NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The last Harry Potter book written by J.K. Rowling was released in 2007. The Potter series broke sales records all over the world, and were published by Bloomsbury in Britain.

Now Rowling is ready to move on to the adult category. Fans are already speculating what her new novel will be about.

Author Ian Rankin, Rowling’s neighbor in Edinburgh, posted on Twitter, “Wouldn't it be funny if J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults turned out to be a crime story set in Edinburgh?”

According to CNN, Rowling has taken her project to a new publisher, Little, Brown. Rowling said, "The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me, and with that it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher."

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series,” she added, according to Media Bistro.

Rowling wasn’t revealing any information about her book, set to be released later this year. Deputy editor of The Bookseller Phillip Jones said the book was rumored to be a crime mystery. He said, “Most of the young people who read the first Harry Potter books are adults now, so she has a ready-made audience."

In 2011 Rowling launched Pottermore.com, where millions registered to read previously unpublished material about the key characters in the Potter series. Mail Online reports that the Potter books have sold about 450 million copies around the world.

The Potter books have also turned into a movie franchise and a theme park. Her new novel will be available in both print and as an e-book, according to an Associated Press report on TODAYonline.

 

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