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We’re all eager to receive The Casual Vacancy, and this may whet your appetite even more. The book has already begun surfacing in areas of the United States, as we’ve obtained photos of it in the wild in what can only be described as an accidental Casual Vacancy leak.

These photos give you a nice look at the actual size of The Casual Vacancy, and it looks slightly larger than Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets‘ U.S. edition. Don’t you want to hold it in your hands yourself at this very moment?

J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

Fun fact: The book is dedicated to Neil, Jo’s husband of 11 years.

The Casual Vacancy hits bookstores on Thursday, September 27. “The empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen,” the publisher says. “Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?”

The book is promoted as being “blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising.” The worldwide onsale time is technically 8 AM GMT/3 AM ET/12 AM PT on that day — unless, of course, you happen to find it somewhere else early. In the mean time, you can watch this interview with Rowling where she talks about the decision to write the book, if she’s read Fifty Shades of Grey, and what’s next in her writing career.

“This time I was on a plane,” she said when describing how she came up with the idea for this book. “And I thought: local election! And I just knew. I had that totally physical response you get to an idea that you know will work. It’s a rush of adrenaline, it’s chemical. I had it with Harry Potter and I had it with this.”

The Casual Vacancy leaked a bit early - is it a big deal?

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Our Casual Vacancy Hub has all the information you need about the story and author J.K. Rowling’s publicity events.

Note: This writer does not have this copy of the book, so please don’t call him mean names or ask where he got it.

  • http://Hypable.com/ James Bean

    It sits taller on the bookshelf than my HP books do. This totally ruins my shelving/display plans for The Casual Vacancy.

    • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

      Yeah, I’ll probably have to buy a whole new bookshelf just to accomodate this.

      • http://twitter.com/CodeyWhite Codey White


        • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril


  • kburford

    bahahah ”
    This writer does not have this copy of the book, so please don’t call him mean names or ask where he got it” as for your mockingjay early copy….those people were clearly jealousssss

  • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

    I need this in my hands right now.

  • Jen

    *sigh* why does this always happen?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1084724938 Lindsey Garcia

    I want this book so much now! 3 days!!

  • http://twitter.com/LiamFloyd Liam Floyd

    Just 48 hours. Just 48 hours. Just 48 hours. Just 48 hours.

  • http://twitter.com/bowski477 Jill

    I always feel bad for writers when their books leak. It’s like something was stolen from them instead of waiting until it’s out for everyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith


    Books come out early all the time. The secrecy issue shouldn’t be a huge deal with people anymore. If you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t go looking for spoilers. This is not a Harry Potter book, you won’t be inundated with information that you don’t want to know unless you search for it yourself.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matsemann08 Matsemann08

    I can’t wait to read it, but I don’t think this is as big of a deal as it was with Deathly Hallows.

  • American Moth


    • http://forgiveyourmind.tumblr.com/ Tariq

      It might look like Hogwarts, but I’m pretty sure that’s the town the book is set in. Sorry to burst your HP bubble!

      • American Moth

        I know that….but I already have a compulsive need to point out all the similarities between Casual Vacancy and HP #nerdproblems

    • Teranel

      I totally interpreted it as the crack in time from Doctor Who.

  • Megan

    And so it begins.

  • Elphaba Thropp

    I’m a die hard Potter fan…DOESN’T THE BACK LOOK LIKE HOGWARTS CASTLE????

    • http://twitter.com/CharlotteC18 Charlotte Clarkson

      OMG that’s exactly what I thought?! Do you think it was intentional?

  • RumbleroarLuna

    Seriously, TFiOS was too. What distributor did this one?

  • Sisi

    I am SO. MAD. that this was leaked. I feel like it is incredibly disrespectful to Jo. Seriously. You couldn’t wait the extra 48 hours? Maybe I’m overreacting, but there is nothing that I hate more than knowing that Jo is upset with the fans.

    • KleppMelk

      Jo is a reasonable person and is not going to blame her entire fanbase for what a few of them are doing. She’s not the type of author who’ll throw a temper tantrum unlike some other authors we know….

  • Jason

    I… I must has. I must has NOW.

    Andrew, you mugglenet whore, you :)

  • Raye

    It’s not a big deal that it’s only a couple days early, but at the same time, if you weren’t invited to see an early copy, it hurts my feelings.

  • Zack


  • http://www.facebook.com/eric.buxton.58 Eric Buxton

    I’m sorry, but this could easily be a fake. Anyone could easily photoshop a cover, print it off and put it on a book. Where’s the source for this story? Why didn’t the photographer show us a page of the book as proof? Seems a bit suspect to me…
    But say it is real, so what? This isn’t Harry Potter where it’s an ongoing story. It’s a one off book. I’ve found the marketing for this book to be all wrong. This is a book for adults, not a book for kids. The embargo, the specific timed world wide release is something you do for Harry Potter, not something that an author who wants to be taken seriously as a writer for adults would do. It seems that the publishers are trying to copy the Potter formula when really they should be treating this like they would any other adult writer.

    • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

      We’re 100% sure it’s real. Trusted source.

      • http://www.facebook.com/eric.buxton.58 Eric Buxton

        Thanks for the reply. Good on you guys for getting the exclusive scoop. Though probably good to stay indoors the next few days, I don’t want to imagine what sort of incident would occur if someone found you and tries to get you to reveal where this source is :P

      • kitster_kosh

        LOL is it yours? ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Connor-Frye/1326652893 Connor Frye

    Honestly does not matter one bit, just the cover and one person getting the chance to read it(if he even does). Going to get this book due to J.K. track record, but not 100 percent certain I am going to like it.

  • http://twitter.com/emilyecstasyTM Emily Bryan

    I’m not surprised something leaked. If all it is is photos & the dedication that’s leaked, I think that’d be okay. It’s not like the whole story leaked out online. I can’t wait for it <3

  • Me

    This just peaked my excitement.

    • http://twitter.com/HannahGann Hannah Gann

      Piqued* Sorry, I can’t help myself.

      • Me

        Actually, thank you. I had no idea.

  • matthewhpg

    “…so please dont’t call him mean names.” oh, Andrew.

  • rsprague

    Yes! I work at Barnes & Noble and I know we got it in a couple of days ago, but it’s held as strictly secretive. I haven’t seen an actual copy yet.

  • Ani Sharmin

    Honestly, I feel like the leak was kind of inevitable. I’m surprised the secrecy was preserved until 3 days before the official release date.

    A few days ago, out of curiosity, I was looking the description of The Casual Vacancy on Barnes and Noble and Amazon, at the dimensions. I even got out a ruler and measured my Harry Potter books to compare, so I’d already figured it would be about the size of the US editions of the Harry Potter books. I had figured somewhere between Prisoner and Prince.

    I like the picture on the back cover.

    And I won’t call you names, Andrew. Don’t let the haters get you down. :)

  • Jill

    I’m so excited. I even requested off work just for this book.

  • LotusCalm

    I would never want to read the leaked book, it would just be wrong.
    Still, it was bound to happen.
    Thursday!!!!!!!!!! I’M SO EXCITED.

  • Elizabeth

    “Accidental” leak my butt…

  • http://hypable.com John Thrasher

    I think a “leak” the same week it’s due for release is a good job. At least it’s not the bloody Deathly Hallows epilogue. #smh

  • BatKid152

    Please write an article discussing whether 13 is too young to read this. I really want to!!

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudioCatino CCMASTER_01

    Where’d you get it?!?!?!? ;)

  • Guest

    It’s interesting that the leaked photos are only on Hypable. No where else on the internet is there even a mention of The Casual Vacancy being leaked.

  • Enz

    Has she said yet weather this book will be part of a series? Or is it just a single book?

    • potterjay

      I’m pretty sure she said it is a standalone book :) It would be cool if it was turned into a series, or maybe I’m just speaking too early!!

  • shanshan

    SO FREAKIN’ EXCITED, I can’t wait to start reading it. I pre-ordered it on Amazon. I pray it gets to me on time!

  • Brittany

    Ha… apparently people weren’t very nice to Andrew when he got his hands on Mockingjay early. Poor guy. Although if I had to venture a guess I’d say the source is the same.

  • Glaciusx

    It…it…it’s so BEAUTIFUL!

  • PotterFan1029

    I feel like I am the only one I know who has this book registered on their radar, but I have been counting down the days and I won’t stop talking about it, and it is nice to know I am not the only one that is so excited for Thursday :D

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