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This writer just finished reading The Cuckoo’s Calling, and now what’s on my mind is: “What’s J.K. Rowling’s next new book?”

To get to that answer, let’s examine where she’s been and what she’s hinted at.

Rowling’s career so far

Following the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007, Rowling deserved a break from writing for as long as she wanted. The author had come off a whirlwind 10 years penning the Potter series. Following Deathly Hallows, she had – for the first time in a long time – the freedom to do whatever she pleased without a publisher breathing down her back.

Her first book after Harry took five years. The Casual Vacancy was published in September 2012 and looked at small town politics following the death of parish council member Barry Fairbrother. Though it had mixed reviews, it’s fair to say that many people enjoyed her first post-Potter writing.

Along the way to The Casual Vacancy, she conceived and launched Pottermore, a gift to Harry Potter fans and a way for the author to unveil material about the books she had never before shared. While fans enjoyed it, its popularity has waned due to the lack of reasons for users to regularly return to it.

Rowling’s next big reveal was one we hadn’t seen coming. In fact, we missed it completely. Under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Rowling published The Cuckoo’s Calling in April 2013. The book had only 8,500 copies across all platforms until someone who learned of Rowling’s secret revealed it to a British journalist, thus setting off an investigation into whether or the book was really written by Rowling. The author confirmed the news in mid-July.

So…what’s next?

We know of one thing for sure: A second book by “Robert Galbraith” will be published next year. In a FAQ section on Galbraith’s website, Rowling says that she recently finished a second book in the Cormoran Strike series and expects it to be released in 2014. This’ll come as good news to those who enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling.

But what about a book with Rowling’s name on the cover? Her next move is uncertain, but since the second Cormoran Strike book is already finished, we expect Rowling is already at work on her next book.

Over the past five years, Rowling has said on numerous occasions that she plans to continue writing for children, and that one of her future books is a children’s “political fairytale.” This idea has been in development since at least 2007, which means the book could arrive at any time.

J.K. Rowling with 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'

The elephant in the room

Harry Potter fans want an encyclopedia. Simple as that.

Rowling may very well be working on one and has said over the years that it’s a possibility, but it came closest to fruition just last year.

After redesigning her website in April 2012, for a brief period of time Rowling actually confirmed she was working on the Harry Potter encyclopedia. “For a long time I have been promising an encyclopaedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this now,” she wrote. “Some of it forms the new content in Pottermore. It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity.”

Once fans caught sight of this information, it made the press rounds. Then, the blurb on her site was mysteriously changed to read: “I have been enjoying sharing information about Harry’s world on Pottermore for free, and don’t have any firm plans to publish it in book form.”

Why the change in comments? One theory is that Sony and other Pottermore partners didn’t want fans to lose focus on Pottermore being the sole place for new information, so they asked Rowling to change what was written on the site. We fear that Pottermore may continue to delay the Encyclopedia, because they’ll want to finish releasing all of the chapters on the site before an all-encompasing book gets published.

In summary…

Rowling seems to be back in the saddle in terms of regular book releases. We can forsee a new release for the author on a yearly basis (every two years max), and while we don’t expect her to return to Harry Potter soon (we’ve come to accept Harry Potter Book #8 will never happen), we would love to see a new fantasy young adult series out of the author.

What do you think is next for Rowling?

  • Megan

    I would love a follow up to The Cuckoos Calling! I did enjoy it, however, it needed more action in it. I thought it would be more like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo like the killer going after Blomkvist/ Strike.

    • Maddie

      I actually liked that for once, the killer didn’t go after the detective. It’s such an over-used plot element that I thought the Cuckoo’s Calling was a refreshing change. But, since there’s more books coming out about Strike, I think it’s safe to assume that he’ll get some violence directed towards him at some point- there were even a couple of leads in that book that never got completed. So, we’ll see (: But I’m excited for the next one either way!

  • Matthew Carenza

    I’m eagerly awaiting the next Galbraith novel, but during her last book tour didn’t she basically confirm that her next book would be for young children?

    • Corbin Bolies

      HER next book, not Robert Galbraith’s. We didn’t know she was planning on releasing a book under a pseudonym at the time (and we sure didn’t know it was going to be revealed), so the next book under HER name might be a children’s book.

      • Matthew Carenza

        That’s what I meant. Of course Galbraith isn’t going to release a children’s book.

  • Winkyxx

    I want a story on the Marauders.. or Harry’s children.

    • Sam

      I want a Lord Voldemort life story! I found all those flashbacks SO interesting to read about in Half Blood Prince.

  • http://willywonka-andthe-gingerfactory.tumblr.com/ John B. McLean

    We also know she will be involved in the Casual Vacancy miniseries on BBC.

  • dillonmays

    I want a story outside of Harry Potter. It’s fine where it is and I like the pasts, unsolved mysteries, and depths of Hogwarts that haven’t been touched . . . left where they are. It makes the world more special when reading.
    I’d like for her to move on from Harry Potter and do another fantasy series.

    • thedogking101

      It would be cool if she wrote a book that was completely separate from Harry Potter, but take place in the Wizarding World, like a companion series.

      • dillonmays

        I wouldn’t even want that. I want something completely new. I don’t want her to get stuck in that world.

        • thedogking101

          But she really has been doing that with the Casual Vacancy and her new series.

          • dillonmays

            I know, but I want a new fantasy series, mainly because I know she can do it. In a complete new world.

    • quiya2014

      I agree, tell the stories of the other characters, like there doing with lord of the rings

  • Rosalie David

    If she were to publish another book in the Harry Potter world I would want a story based on the founders of Hogwarts instead of a continuation. I know this is unlikely and I’m ready to read anything she publishes but that would be my wish :)

    • Objection Conjunction

      I disagreee – the wizarding world’s story is finished, and I think it should stay just as it is.

      • Rosalie David

        I tend to agree with you to a certain extent. I would amend it for me and say that I think Harry’s story is finished. However, I feel like the world she created is so rich that more stories are there if she were ever to return.
        As I said in my original post, I realize its unlikely that she would return to the wizarding world as she herself said that she wanted to explore new stories. Regardless, I love her and am willing to read anything she writes, Harry Potter related or not.
        But on the off chance that she were interested I’d be thrilled, especially a story on the founding of Hogwarts :) But thats just my opinion.

        • Teranel

          I agree that Harry’s story is finished (and so I don’t think a book 8 or a story about Harry’s kids, etc. would be that great), but I’d love if she wrote more about the Marauders or the Founders. I haven’t been interested in any of her non-HP stuff.

          • Anon

            When I think about other authors (for example Tamora Pierce) who have several series set in the same universe I would like to see one from JKR. As long as the ‘main characters’ from Harry Potter don’t feature extensively but have some mention or passing in the book/ series I think it could work very well.

        • AaliyahAurora

          I love the idea of a book about the Marauders, their adventures and how their fighting with Snape. I’m sure that James’ and Sirius’ school years would be very interesting.

          • Amy

            Definitely! And I am curious how that obnoxious James Potter ever got to be the wonderful boy/man that Lily Evans wanted to marry. Of course she had something to with it, but there might be a lot more to it.

          • AaliyahAurora

            Agreed. I also want to see Snape and James fighting for Lily haha
            I think that would make for some funny and tense scenes.

          • StoiKaleb

            But we know how all of their stories end. :/ You’d go throught he entire story knowing that the characters are dead, and not only would you know they were going to die, but you would know how they died.

          • AaliyahAurora

            If the author is talented, there is still plenty of room to make the story worth reading. And J.K. Rowling is damn talented – talented enough to make this idea work. The question is whether she’ll ever do it.

          • Turtle

            HAVE FAITH!!!!!!:)

          • AaliyahAurora

            I try to ;)

          • Turtle

            Same here!!!!!

          • Turtle

            I totally agree with that!!!!!!

          • AaliyahAurora

            Glad I’m not alone on this :)

          • Turtle

            Don’t worry! There’s a lot that she can add without destroying what she’s already done:) She’s an amazing author! Only a true author can add more without destroying anything. Have faith!)

      • Mrs_Badcrumble

        I may have to agree. I’m a huge Potter fan, so I’m so very afraid that another book would just feel like “milking the cow”. Not that I believe Jo would do that, but the pressure to return to that successful world must be enormous.

        Maybe a storyline completely separated from Harry’s could work, but it would have to be another thing all together. In the same world but in a completely separated cenario, or era. The start of a new saga. Even then, I don’t know…

    • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

      I’m with you.. If she ever decided to do something in Harry’s world again, I’d love something on the founders of Hogwarts too… But, I’ll be happy with anything she writes. I never had an interest in The Casual Vacancy but I will eventually get around to reading The Cuckoo’s Calling.

      • LotusCalm

        I loved the Cuckoo’s Calling. It’s a really brilliant book, just don’t expect Harry Potter. Her adult writing feels like a completely different genre, she’s sort of a chameleon that way. I hope you read it!

        • A.P.W.B.Dumbledore

          I agree I love the Cuckoo’s calling I am almost done with it, but it is definitely not a Harry Potter.

  • PabloRuiz7

    I know it’s not likely and it will not happen but just imagine for a moment if Book 8 was confirmed. Imagine it. Wouldn’t it be the most exciting thing in the history of the internet? Hypable would be down and MuggleCast would come back and then Entertainment Weekly would report about it like a month after Hypable did, as usual.

    • Me

      I’m more than certain that we would lose half the fandom to heart attacks.

      • PabloRuiz7

        I don’t know, I would certainly have a heart attack but my will to live and read that book would be too strong for a little, puny heart attack to kill me.

        • Turtle

          The Harry Potter books rock! If #8 came out, I’d go insane. I’m already waiting for the 4th book in the second best series and the 2nd part of an awesome movie! I’d die having to wait for the 8th book in the best series EVER!!!!!!

      • LotusCalm

        I think we would definitely lose half the fandom to heart attacks. GRAH, STOP MAKING ME DAYDREAM.


        We already lost half the fandom to heart attacks.

    • Nirali

      As Hank Green so aptly put it, “I WANT A BOOK EIGHT!!!”

      • PabloRuiz7

        The Green brothers are quite good at communicating complicated feelings in an elegant, eloquent manner. This is a clear example! =)

    • Travis Dunn

      id love to see the new book pick up from the kids point of view or maybe

    • Meghan

      I started like dreaming about this during the last regular episode of mugglecast.

    • StoiKaleb

      I’d just like you all to look at this and… I guess try not to have any heart attacks. :p


      • Vicky

        It’s an april Fools Joke dude. The guys who wrote it originally left it up past April 1st and it’s still making it’s rounds. The reason people think it’s real is because they don’t expect to see an April Fools joke in Septmenber =/ But the article is dated for the first so. Don’t spread this around lol, you may just give them heart attakcs….and heartbreak while you’re at it.

        • StoiKaleb

          Haha. Yeah, I was just kind’ve being a dick. The last sentence of the article sort of gives it away. XD But I’m done. However, everyone might take time to remember that J.K. Rowling said that she might someday return to the universe of Harry Potter. While nothing will be as great or create such a franchise as Potter did, she may still come back to the wizarding world, though perhaps with characters we have not already grown fond of. :p

          • quiya2014

            :( i should have read further, before getting excited. :(((

      • quiya2014

        Wow thank u so much, i really hope this is true!!

  • Phantomfluteplayer

    If she ever were to return to the world of Harry Potter, I wouldn’t mind her delving into a story from one of the other Wizarding schools (Beauxbatons, Durmstrang, Salem Witches Institute or another, yet unnamed wizarding academy). I don’t feel the need to have another Hogwarts-centric novel though. While I am sure there are enough facts on Hogwarts in JKR’s head to fill several more books, I feel that Deathly Hallows left me in a good place.

  • Trent Taylor

    Dat non-news news. So non-newsy.

  • Hannah

    It truly breaks my heart to know that there will never, ever be another story about Harry, Ron and Hermione. Their adventures at Hogwarts are quite definitely over – there’s no going back. Even if Jo did return to Harry’s world, the story would centre around a different set of characters – and while that would no doubt be brilliant, I will always mourn the loss of Harry & friends.

  • Slytherinhero01

    I don’t see J.K ever going back to the world of Harry Potter in novel form. The encyclopedia? That’s up in the air too, since Pottermore is obviously suppose to cover that. Whether or not it does a good job at it is another story entirely. I’d personally love to see her try writing a YA story. Right now I see her doing the following in the future:

    1: Writing a story similar to Game of Thrones – I see this as a huge possibility since we all know she can write fantasy very well. But if she ever went back to that genre, it would be in a more adult setting with less magic involved. More political based for sure.

    2: Historical – A period piece would really suit her well. Maybe something around the Victorian era.

    3: Adult fiction – I think we’ll see a lot more from her in terms of adult stories. She seems to enjoy it immensely, so it wouldn’t be surprising.

  • 17jeda

    She should just make the main character of the next book have the name Robert Galbraith

  • Lauren D

    I worry that she might release another book under a pseudonym as The Cuckoos Calling didn’t go to plan for her. Ah well, always the pessimist :P

  • Emma Snape

    I would want it to be a marauders story or next generation

  • Jason L.

    Is it weird that I’m not THAT excited about an encyclopedia? If there were backstories, yes, about Umbridge and the Marauders, then yes, but not a block of information. I really want a NEW story from her (if not book 8. I was actually re-reading book 6 last week for the millionth time, and I just put the book down, took a moment, and realized with a pang of longing how much I wanted an eighth book. It was horrible). I want to see if she can come close to capturing the HP magic again. If we don’t get an 8th book directly, I don’t want her to dawdle around the material. Give us a new, rich, meaty fantasy.

  • dlskin

    Didn’t she say she was writing a children’s picture book to be released this year. Iread that and never heard about it again

  • LexiH89

    Robert Galbraith isn’t her first pseudonym, it’s her 4th. She published Quidditch through the Ages under the name Kennilworthy Whisp, wrote Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as Newt Scamander, and Tales from Beedle the Bard as translated into English by Hermione Granger.

    • Souffle Girl

      I wouldn’t exactly call those pseudonyms, they were just authored like that to fit in with the canon universe of HP

  • Garrett Pletcher

    I think she’ll release another book in the Wizarding World years from now. Mark my words!

  • Robert Monkman

    What is the point of this article? Another Galbraith is confirmed anything is just random guesswork which has clearly not been close in the past. She’s been given so much stick for not being public about what she’s writing; just leave her to it and when a new book gets announced then get excited. The idea that we’ll get a new book every year is just based on two releases after a 5 year hiatus. She might spend another 5 years on a non galbraith book

  • Cory Skelton

    While I’d love a return to the Harry Potter universe I’d love another fantasy/supernatural series that’s different and set in a different fictional universe. Never been a huge fan of detective novels.

    • Turtle

      Ok. I’m just going to make this easier on myself: I think an 8th book would be awesome, but if she did another book or book set on the Muaraders, Voldemort, Harry’s parents times in school, a different school, or something along that direction, that would be wicked awesome too! To sum it up: I agree with everyone. I have unanswered questions that could only be answered if she wrote another book concerning James, Lily, Voldemort, Peter, Sirius, and Snape. How did the four founders of the Muaraders Map become best friends?
      I also think an encyclopedia would be really cool too. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see inside the wizarding world?! There is so much more she could add to the HP set. I’ve read the Tales of Beedle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’ve started Quidditch Through the Ages. She can add without destroying what she’s already written. It’d also be cool learning about a different school. I think it’s awesome that she’s thinking about writing more about the HP world, even if it’s just an encyclopedia. I want to learn more.

  • kayleen50

    I would love a book about the history of Hogwarts and the founders of the four houses, hell anything Harry Potter would be wonderful, those were exciting days.

  • Courtney King

    An encyclopedia would seriously be amazing and abnosome!

  • Joe B.

    I would love to read about the begingin of the war with harry’s parent! I t would be exciting to see how it all began, we all know how “He who not be named” lost his power, but how did he really become the most feared wizard and how the WAR between good and evil all got started!! I myself and dozens of Potter fans are really asking!!!

  • Bruce Wayne

    J.K. Rowling created a huge universe that could be expanded with the next generation. People who say that she shouldn’t or couldn’t continue the series are wrong. It’s J.K. Rowling we are talking about. Every Potter book was good and I’m sure if she wrote more they would be just as good if not better. I say bring on Book 8.

  • Robert Eric Nabors Jr.

    Who cares… imma be selfish and say unless its another HP book i’m not interested.

  • ProngsPadfootWormtailAndMoony

    I would love her to go back to harry world and write about the marauders because it would be funny and fasiniting also to know more about james and lilly I always wanted to know more about them !

    • Amber Angeldust

      there’s always fan fiction.

      • ProngsPadfootWormtailAndMoony

        I know but its not the same

  • Amber Angeldust

    I’d love to see a harry potter prequel on the founders of hogwarts. That would make for a dramatic read!

  • Josh

    I don’t want an 8th book with Harry, I just want to return to the world I fell in love with. :(

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  • Kelly

    I heard her say in an interview that she wouldn’t continue Harry’s story but do a story during the same time frame as the Harry Potter books but from someone else’s point of view (maybe from one of the other wizard schools). But I really highly doubt she would ever write a book about the wizarding world again as much as her millions of fans wish she would.

  • Hermione Granger

    I wish she could start a new series of books based on the characters children and different adventures

  • Ryan Mcdermott

    J.K. Rowling is my favorite author of all times and she has showed me the ways of using my brain can bring to me any image I see though my thoughts and dreams. After finishing reading the Harry Potter serious was a big impacted and made me really be creative and make up worlds of my own. But I still to this day pray that she will still write another book to add to the Harry Potter world.

  • Abhimanyu A.M.O.L.I.

    At the cost of being hated by most fans here… i don’t think an eighth book in the harry potter series would be wise… we all love potter so much coz it’s just perfect… it never drags, nor does it ever moves too fast to catch up… i think Rowling told the story to perfection… I would however, love the story set in the wizarding world. new characters, a different time… a completely new story!!! that is my dream!!!

  • Maulton R. T. Campbell

    The Harry Potter series have several branches that will come out in the future. I expect more Harry Potter

  • Min

    My friend and I have a theory. It’s that Rowling is gonna make an 8th book about Harry’s son in a few years when harry potter is dying out.

  • Sammy Phoenix Havok

    I’d love a one off book about Harry’s kids and what they get up to at hogwarts.

  • Raven Vancil

    She should stick to Magical fantasy realm she is best in that world! I tried reading the other two books and they bored me to tears.

  • daver

    That’s all we need – a kid’s book on politics.

  • Jonathan Alexander

    I personally being a potter fan. owning all seven books and owning all the potter movies and watching them all multiple times. I personally would love to see her start writing books about the second generation of Hogwarts students that were mentioned in the end of book 7 and in deathly Hallows the movie part 2.

    • Turtle

      I agree with that. It’s the first thing i said after i got done reading the 7 and i say that every time i read the 7

  • Roberta

    It would be awesome, if J.K. wrote a book about Harry’s later life or Harry’s kids adventures. Oh, I want it so badly :(

    • Turtle

      I’m dying to see his kids in school!!!!!!!

  • Psychopath

    It would be cool to make a prequel like when the original order of the phoenix fought Voldemort. Or about Voldemort’s life.

    • Turtle

      I agree

  • quiya2014

    I would like to know the full story of the great Dumbledore, i think a marauders, book would be amazing, or at least a script for film. If they could do it for the Lord of the rings, anything’s possible! :-)

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