The official newspaper of The Vatican, L’Osservatore Romano, did not have a glowing review for J.K. Rowling’s new novel The Casual Vacancy.
The Telegraph reports that a review of the book was published today and said “Rowling probably has all the qualifications to be the worthy successor of Grace Metaloius. But there’s something missing.” They went on to say the book “disappoints,” but they still have “only admiration” for the Harry Potter author. Her children series, by the way, has been praised by the publication in the past.
They also today reviewed Skyfall, calling it one of the best Bonds film since the franchise began.
The Telegraph notes that the paper in 2007 began offering more coverage of pop culture as requested by Pope Benedict XVI.
L’Osservatore Romano’s negative review of the book is the latest in a long line of mixed reviews about Rowling’s first post-Potter book. A month ago the author responded to the criticism. “I am not a particularly thick-skinned person,” she said. “It is true that a lot of what I am looking at in the book are certainly middle-class issues, but then I think that’s fair and I am well-qualified as I am from the middle class, which I can empathise with. But I think some critics have misrepresented my views as more extreme or black and white than they really are. I don’t think I am evangelical in my work.”
The Casual Vacancy is in stores now.
Please note: the original version of this story described The Vatican’s review of the book as being an attack. This is not the case.