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Harry Potter for grown-ups? JK Rowling gets new book deal

The multi-million-selling author has revealed she is writing a new book – this time for a grown-up audience.

JK Rowling
JK Rowling
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ADULT FANS OF JK Rowling can rejoice: She has a new novel coming, for grownups.

The kids will have to wait and see.

The author of the mega-selling Harry Potter series has an agreement with Little, Brown in the United States and Britain to publish her first novel for grownups. The title, release date and details about the novel, long rumoured, were not announced Thursday.

Her seventh and final Potter story came out in 2007. Some 450 million copies of the Potter stories are in print, and a billion-dollar movie franchise, starring Daniel Radcliffe as the young wizard, ended last year.

Rowling’s Potter books were published by Bloomsbury in Britain and Scholastic in the US Rowling will now share the same publisher with Stephenie Meyer, whose Twilight series at least partially filled the gap opened by the conclusion of the Potter stories.

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world,” Rowling said in a statement released by Little, Brown.

“The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

Rowling’s agent, Neil Blair, would not disclose financial details of the deal.

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