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J.K. Rowling Announces Return to Children’s Literature, Makes Your Inner Child Squeal with Glee

Praise Merlin! J.K. Rowling revealed to a crowd at the Cheltenham Literature Festival that her next book will likely mark her return to children’s literature, though the book will be geared toward a younger audience than Harry Potter. (Which will stop now-grown Potterites from reading it about as much as the “children’s literature” label stopped all those teens and adults from reading Potter.)

“I have a lot of things on my laptop currently,” said Rowling, who was at the festival promoting her first adult book, The Casual Vacancy,

including a couple of things for children – for a slightly younger age group than Harry Potter was aimed at – which are nearly done and will, I think, be the next thing I publish. I have run them by my children and they seem to like them, which is always a good sign.

She gave no additional details on the story ideas and didn’t indicate whether any of them are set within the Harry Potter universe. Given that The Casual Vacancy just came out last month we’ll likely be waiting years for the next book, though I’m keeping my fingers crossed for her to announce soon that it’ll be the first in a series about the Weasley twins (Fred never died, that was just a nasty practical joke Rowling played on us, ha ha!) going back in time and having a bunch of wacky misadventures with the Marauders.

I can dream, can’t I?

(via: Jezebel)

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  • Lia Harrison

    George and Fred’s Excellent Adventure! I support this. And their time machine can be a port-a-potty.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’m slogging through Casual Vacancy with the perseverence that only obligation can bring…

  • Alexis the Unicorn

    Fred lives on forever! (George too) A book about those two! <3 That would make the world right!

  • Angel Fernandez

    I would kill for a book about the twins! Literally and figuratively.

  • Life Lessons

    I enjoyed “A Casual Vacancy” very much. I am so looking forward to anything else Ms. Rowling writes. So write, JK, WRITE!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Just think…if Harry Potter had been just a little less successful–maybe a Tamora Pierce level of mania–we would have had a prequel series about the Marauders’ school years. And then a standalone about the rise of Voldemort, ending where HP1 starts. And it would have been AMAZING.

  • Cluisanna

    Really? I found the first 50 pages kind of hard to get into, but after that I spent a day just reading until I was done, which hasn’t happened to me in quite some time.

  • Anonymous

    thats fantastic news. im on pg. 47…