Will J.K. Rowling return to Harry Potter?(Read article summary)
J. K. Rowling says she'd need a 'fabulous idea' to go back to the world of Harry Potter.
If youâre among those mourning the imminent release of J.K. Rowlingâs new adult book because it is not another Harry Potter story, Potterphiles, take heart: Rowling plans to return to writing for young adults â and she hasnât ruled out a return to Hogwarts.
Thatâs right, the author behind the seven-novel Potter saga whose first adult novel, âCasual Vacancyâ will be released Thursday, told the press sheâs eager to get back to young adult books.
âI think it very likely that the next thing I publish will be for kids,â she told BBC News. âI have a childrenâs book that I really like. Itâs for slightly younger children than the Potter books.â
Though she seemed to close the door on more Potter books, however, she didnât shut it completely.
âIt was murder saying goodbye, but where Harryâs story is concerned Iâm done,â she told the BBC. âNow if I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world â because I loved writing it â I would do it. But Iâve got to have a great idea. I am very adverse to the prequel/sequel scenario.â She added, âI donât want to go mechanically back into that world and pick up a load of odds and ends, glue them together and say, âHere we go, we can sell this.â It would make a mockery of what those books were to me.â
Rowling, who canât escape talking Potter even while promoting her new adult release, also told the press that writing the âHarry Potterâ series wasnât always easy and she wasnât satisfied with some of the novels.
âThere are a couple of the Potters that I definitely knew needed another year,â she told the BBC. âI had to write on the run and there were times when it was really tough. And I read them, and I think, âOh God, maybe Iâll go back and do a directorâs cutâ.âŚ But you know what, Iâm proud I was writing under the conditions under which I was writing, no one will ever know how tough it was at times.â
Though she seemed averse to the prequel/sequel idea, Rowling did say she might consider what she called âa sidestep.â Weâre eager to see what she envisions.
Rowlingâs latest novel, âThe Casual Vacancy,â a slice-of-life commentary on class warfare and small town politics, hits bookstores Thursday. Rowling has described it as âa contemporary version of what I love, which is a big, fat 19th century novel set in a small community.â
Husna Haq is a Monitor correspondent.