The Casual Vacancy, J.K Rowling’s new book, is out September 27th

The Casual Vacancy will be J.K Rowling's first novel since the Harry Potter series ended.

J.K Rowling’s publishers have today announced the title and release date for her upcoming novel. The Casual Vacancy, released September 27th 2012, will be Rowling’s first book release since out since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2007. The novel will no doubt be widely anticipated by Rowling’s legions of fans, who made the Harry Potter series the biggest selling book series of all time.  Along with the title and date, J.K Rowling’s publishers released a short plot summary to give fans a flavour of the book:

“When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.”

Do you think J.K Rowling can repeat the success of Harry Potter with this book, and will you be reading it this September? Comment below or on Twitter

 

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J.K Rowling announces PotterMore!

Harry Potter JK Rowling today announced the Pottermore website

Muggles have been eagerly awaiting this announcement since owls started to appear across the internet.

Rowling told fans through a video posted on Youtube that Pottermore will be a space for fans to read information about the books, access e-books and audiobooks and the website will be shaped by the fans.

Pottermore will have new information about the books, as its been reported that Rowling has written 18,000 words to be added to the site. Rowling has stated that the website will have material that didn’t make a books, as well as material she has “been hoarding for years”.

On the new interactive site, the author said, “This is such a great way to give something back to the fans who made Harry Potter such a huge success.”

The website will be officially open to all fans in October, but it will open as a Beta version to one million people on the 31st of July, which coincidentally is both Harry Potter’s and JK Rowling’s Birthday!

Users can also look forward to have the opportunity to shop for wands in Diagon Alley, travel to Hogwarts from Platform 9& 3/4  at London’s King’s Cross train station and, of course be sorted into Hogwarts’ school houses using the Sorting Hat.

However, Rowling has again confirmed that she will not be writing an eighth book in the series, but won’t rule out putting together an encyclopaedia, though she has no plans to do so just yet.

So, any Muggles who would like to find out more about the Magical World of Harry Potter, get yourself over to Pottermore.com and sign up!