J.K. Rowling to publish first adult novel
February 23rd, 2012
12:31 PM ET

J.K. Rowling to publish first adult novel

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling reached all ages with her books about "the boy who lived," but her next work will be specifically for adults, publisher Little, Brown said Thursday.

This will be Rowling's first adult novel, but other than that, little is known about her new effort. The publisher says more information about the title, story and release date are to come later this year.

Rowling, who started an international phenomenon with her seven-book "Harry Potter" series, said in a statement that her new work of fiction will definitely be a departure from Harry and his Hogwarts crew.

"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. "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."

In its statement, Little, Brown says it will publish Rowling's upcoming novel in print and e-book in English worldwide.


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  8. BROD

    Noooooooooooooooo! We wanted more of the Wizarding World! Perhaps stories from Harry's parent's generation at Hogwarts? Not this grown-up rot she's being all secretive about.

    March 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. drb

    Mocking Jay...may the odds be EVER in your favor!!!!!!!!!!

    February 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chele Zambrano

    I HATED the twilight series, bue LOVED Stephanie Myer's" THE HOST." Loved Harry Potter...so I cannot wait for JKs adult orientended books.:)

    February 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Michele

    Why doesn't she let us have Kindle versions of Harry Potter so we can stop lugging them around when we travel? Can she not see that most of us have the paper versions and so she'd really be selling double the books? so stupid.

    February 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. AntiPalinAlaskan

    Just so that EVERYBODY keeps this straight...by "adult novel", she means "novel for grown-ups"...she doesn't mean porn.
    It's not going to be Harry Potter pulling out his wand, for God's sake.

    February 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    It was a dark and stormy night...

    February 26, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
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    Avada Kedavra B!TcH3$!

    February 26, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rob Allan

    JK and Oprah-all they do is BITC-@Moan-yet they have more money they can count.
    PUHLEES.....................................................................................................................

    February 26, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
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  17. Chicka Chicka Wow

    I'll just wait for the movie. Maybe in light of his recent film career John Edwards can be the new John Holmes!

    February 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  18. flashtrum

    No matter how good her next book is, the inevitable comparisons will be made, and I predict lots of negative reviews – just because.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. B Bop

    huh?

    February 24, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  20. @joenyc

    Just what's needed, another religion. More fake sh!t to start another war of some kind over. Religion should be banned!

    February 24, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  21. joeNYC

    joeNYC

    Here is the scoop. She was talking with her writer buddies one day and said " Hey, let's start a religion!! " "How hard could it be? "

    The new book will be called "Mugglenetics". It will change your life.

    February 24, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  22. Katniss

    What's with all the haters? She's obviously quite talented or she wouldn't be such a best-selling author. There are plenty of authors I don't care for, but would never trash their work because I don't enjoy it. That's why there are different genres, because we're not all the same. I happen to appreciate people with the talent, or lacking talent, the motivation and drive to write novels. If it were easy, everyone would do it. A true intellectual appreciates diversity.

    February 24, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  23. Idol Girl

    I agree with what Wave said. Just because it's going to be an adult novel doesn't mean it's going to have vulgar content.

    February 24, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  24. Winston846

    She is already worth more than the Queen. Why bother writing another book?

    February 24, 2012 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  25. nbafan

    She should publishe her first book that doesn't suck

    February 24, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  26. Amy

    I will read anything she puts out. She could make a whole book about a dusty bunny migrating from one side of the bed to the other incredibly interesting. I am THRILLED that she's coming out with something else, and I don't care what genre it's in, I'll be buying it the moment it's available!

    February 24, 2012 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  27. wave

    'Adult' novel does not mean having obscene or repulsive contents. It means the story has deeper meanings that only adults can internalize.

    February 24, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  28. Haggis

    Finally, she's going to write the untold love story between Harry Plopper and Prof. Dumbledork.

    February 24, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  29. Sally Mae

    i've herd of that harry potter. why dont he just shave. probably keep the hair out of his pottery that way, dont ya no.

    February 23, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Haggis

    How about Harry Plopper and Prof. Dumbledork's wedding.

    February 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Erik

    Really? An adult novel? Is it going to be later in Harry's life? Is it going to be rather trite and juvenile anyway? Should paper be so ill-used for such a scheme? Should I really care since I gave up on the first Potter installment in both print and movie formats? Is it still okay to be a bit of a literature snob?

    February 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
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    • joeNYC

      OK, I get it. She was sitting around one day and said " Hey, let's start a religion!! " "How hard could it be? "

      The new book will be called "Mugglenetics". It will change your life.

      February 24, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  34. sameeker

    Will it be The Harry Peter Saga?

    February 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Lizzy10

    I would read anything she writes. A good author can translate their talent to any story, and she is good.

    February 23, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  36. KnowsMore123

    I'm sure it will suck just like all of the Harry Potter books

    February 23, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  37. humberto

    Whats wrong with short stories ?

    February 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Greenspam

    And the name of the novel is.... drum roll..... Hairy & Hotter

    February 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Church of Suicidal

    Aucausin,

    If you can't be bothered to figure out where you need a period, I'm not going to weigh what you you have to say about your so-called "rules" of Great Literature very heavily. You may see it as name calling, I see it as pointing out irony.

    Harry Potter is not a good story because the protagonist is a proxy for the reader? Harry doesn't have enough faults for you? Would you have liked the story more if he was secretly a heroin addict?

    February 23, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MJB

      Yes

      February 23, 2012 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aucausin

      Are you referring to the fact that I put a period after single words for emphasis? If I were to do so in a thesis or a science paper I would be scolded. However, in a comment which sole purpose is to communicate my opinions bending the rules to accomplish a goal is not a sign of stupidity. Being nit-picky over simple things is however, a sign that you don't have a leg to stand on in terms of a counter argument.

      Harry Potter is a poor story for many other reasons, I chose to go after the fact that the main character is poorly written. Why? It irritates me that's why. Plus anyone who's ever looked at social world of writers would know how hated the Gary/Mary Sue characters are. For those people the examples I laid out might be startling if they hadn't already thought of them, themselves. And if you think the only way a character can be multi-dimensional as opposed to flat is for them to have a major and destructive flaw like drug addiction then you really don't know much about character development. I'm not saying he had to be a demon in disguise, but come on, an abused, orphan who's a defender of the weak incredibly loyal, ultra rich, and oh by the way has super powerful magic is one hell of a flat character.

      February 23, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Just one example:

      "I have no problems with people mindlessly enjoying mindless things we all do it from time to time."

      If you don't understand that these are two separate sentences, or, just as importantly, don't care enough to proof your comments, I'm not going to give you credence in what you've got to say about good literature. You can look at this as one step above name calling if you like, but as you imply that anyone who likes the series has been "duped into thinking a piece of garbage is good literature," what does that say about you?

      February 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aucausin

      Church of Suicidal: So you attack a sentence I made in response to someone else rather than my argument itself? Really, how low can you go? Why does my grammar not matter? First of all I am not attacking the grammar of her books or her writing. I could understand if you somehow managed to find an example of me creating a Mary/Gary Sue character. You could rightfully say that I have no idea what I'm talking about when I've made the same mistake I attributed to her.

      Secondly, I'm posting comments not books. I reread my comments to make sure they make sense, I don't reread them to make sure every single sentence I wrote is perfect. Why? I simply don't care if I miss a comma or create a comma splice or have a fragment or a run-on. I am not the publishing these comments as literature, they're opinions. I don't give two flying toasts if they're perfect.

      Lastly, I am not afraid to admit that I don't have my Masters in the English language. I never start a sentence with a lower-case letter, I hardly make spelling errors, and the errors I do make rarely make what I'm saying difficult to understand. I'm content with my casual comments as imperfect as they are. I'm not capable of perfection as I do not know the complete set of rules. I don't feel that I need to be perfect to get a point across, unless that point is specifically about grammar.

      Ultimately I'd just like to point out that you are a tool. You have not once said anything about my point, instead you chose to attack my grammar. You can clearly see that I am talking about character development, one aspect of good fictional writing. Yet you choose to ignore what I have to say because I wasn't grammatically perfect. My handful of grammar mistakes does not detract from the meaning of my post, for you to say it does is BS.

      February 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  40. cpc65

    Harry Potter and the Knobbely Rod

    February 23, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. wayne

    Worldwide?

    February 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  42. CM

    JK Rowling isn't a truly great word craftsman. Those books simply aren't sophisticated enough for that. But you know what? she can sure weave a good tale. She is, in short, a storyteller. It'll be interesting to see how this translates outside the world of young adult fiction.

    I enjoyed the Harry Potter books. I found them entertaining enough to have re-read them. I like them. My kids like them. My husband likes them. That alone makes them unique enough in the world of literature and it's why they're the biggest-selling series of all time.

    February 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Potter and the deadly swallow

      She's not that great at all. People are just not very educated. Most of her ideas as a straight rip off from mythology. For those of us who knew what she was refering to (without having to google for info every five minutes) the stories where not that impressive.

      February 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snape the pedophile

      Mockingjay

      There is more than one meaning to the word "adult." Grow up. Please.

      MockeduJay why are you telling people to grow up when you're reading children's books? Hypocrit.

      February 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Blacksheep88

    Whatever floats her boat. Personally, I'd be content as a billionaire sharing a literary place in history with J. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, knowing that my writings will likely be read and remembered long, long after I'm dead.

    February 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  44. PJ

    Harry Bawles and the Testy Culls

    February 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Marlee

    J.K. Rowling is flakey, but I enjoyed reading Harry Potter.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Joe T.

    I guess maybe it'll be about the older Harry Potter kids using a different kind of magic wand.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Shadrach Joel

    I hope to see the best JK.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Aucausin

    Harry Potter was a terribly written book, the same people who can correctly identify Twilight as the garbage it is should be able to see through the poor writing that is Harry Potter.

    Let's examine the main character, in writing there is a deadly pitfall that all writers are to avoid and that is the Gary or Mary Sue character. What is a Gary/Mary Sue? It's a fantastical character who is so ideal even their flaws are attractive. It's a character cooked up by an author who is either writing out their own fantasies or an author who wishes to play the readers for fools by giving them what they want, a character they can self-insert themselves into. Why is Harry Potter a Gary Sue?

    1.) Orphaned. A lot of people, especially teens and young adults have parent issues. Not to say that they wish their parents were dead, but they enjoy the idea that mommy and daddy aren't around to influence what they do.

    2.) Abused. People imagine themselves as Cinderella. Everyone feels like a victim in some way. Look at Harry Potter he was abused in the most horrific ways by his mean, fat, ugly adoptive family.

    3.) Secretly powerful and rich. A lot of people fantasize that through some twist of fate it will be revealed that they are rich and powerful. Harry Potter finds out that he's rich and magical.

    4.) Kind and loyal to a fault. Everyone likes to pretend that they are the world's best human being, always good to their friends, and always ready to stick up for the right side. Like Harry Potter who from the very beginning is seen helping out the little guy and defending his friends.

    It is very easy to see that Harry Potter is a Gary Sue, a character designed so that the readers will self-insert themselves into the character's shoes and "enjoy" the story not because it is a good story (it isn't, it's mundane and average), but because they get to fantasize about being awesome. So Harry Potter fans, you've been duped into thinking a piece of garbage is good literature.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Perfect. Denigrate Rowling's writing without a rudimentary knowledge of grammar and punctuation. How am I supposed to take your criticism seriously?

      February 23, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      Get off your pedestal.

      I wasn't really a fan of the books but if people enjoy it, let them enjoy it. Who cares if people want to insert themselves into the story? As long as they enjoy reading it, what's it to you?

      February 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aucausin

      Church of Suicide: Please point to major infringements that disrupted your ability to read and understand my post. I am not an English scholar and I do not claim or attempt to be one. I am sure I make mistakes, however the mistakes I do make do not overwhelm my comments to the point that they are illegible. You are just looking for reasons to dismiss what I said based on the fact that how I said it was not perfect. I believe this is just one step above name calling on the scale of arguments. Nice try though.

      Joe T.: Did I say stop reading the books and don't enjoy them? No, I did not. I said that they weren't well written and aren't examples good literature. I have no problems with people mindlessly enjoying mindless things we all do it from time to time. What I have a problem with is the thousands of people who claim Harry Potter is a great book when it is not. I can find several instances where people on this forum claimed the books were well written and amazing, they haven't a right to make such claims. Just because they enjoyed something doesn't mean it is good. I think your advice to step off a pedestal is better directed to Church of Suicide, I made a clear and coherent argument and neither you nor him said anything about my argument. Instead you both chose to attack me. Clearly, my argument remains.

      February 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kylee

      I think Harry has very clear flaws. He's arrogant at times, thoughtless, not exactly the smartest...

      February 23, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kylee

      Once in a blue moon does he do something undesirable.

      February 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • polite centrist

      You're quite correct. A bit long-winded perhaps, but correct.

      February 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Craig

    Yay, poorly written books with wooden characters for adults now too!

    February 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Chazzzz

    It’s a tale of Brittish frivolity and unscrupulous depravity the likes of which the monarchy will undoubtedly shun. Her majesty with positively queef when she finds out!

    February 23, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  51. i_know_everything

    the headline is misleading, I thought she was writing porn, not fair

    February 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  52. RE McCray

    I would imagine that JK will have a lot to live up to after the success of Harry Potter. Nonetheless, we all should wish her well in this chapter of her life. A true story of rags to riches, and it could not have happened to a better family!

    February 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Brad

    I'm confused. I thought the Harry Potter books WERE adult books...

    "...slowly, Hermione ran her hand over Harry's wand. "Is this elderwood?" she asked coyly. "No, it's springwood." said Harry, as he ripped off his shirt..."

    February 23, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Badly-Bent

    Just a little bit of magic, eh? For old time sake?

    February 23, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Gopherit

    If Ms. Rowling is searching for material for a fantasy novel she can make good use of the political fantasy masquerading as responsible government which is taking place in Washington, D.C.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      I suspect she would be more concerned with the goings-on at Number 10 Dowling Street...

      February 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Harrys Putter

    Daniel Watson.......no.
    Emma Radcliffe......no....
    it will come to me................

    February 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  57. jon

    I understand that Rowling wants to use a pseudonym on this upcoming novel so she can be sure that the readers of this book didn't buy it just because of her success with Harry Potter.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Really? I can't imagine she'd get much publicity, then, and the adult fiction market has a glut of authors - which means, few sales. Her editor must really like her to be willing to take a big loss on this book.

      On the other hand, someone might *accidentally* let the pseudonym slip near the publication date, making sales surge. If she really IS going to use a pseudonym, my money is on it being a marketing scam.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hermoine Granger and the Goblet of Sperm

      Yeah. . .I wouldn't be able to tell who the writer was either

      February 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Tony

    [Insert magic wand joke here.]

    February 23, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Harrys Putter

    If you could shape shift
    what shape would you shift into ?

    February 23, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      palintwit: what a rude comment about someone that hasn't actually done anything to deserve it. Granted, she lacks the talent that USED to be associated with fame, but I suspect a great many people lack talent. And be honest: if DWTS happened to call YOU up and ask YOU to be on the show, would you really say "no - I'd rather not dance on TV and get lucrative promotion deals, because I don't have talent"? Of course you'd go on the show!

      Make fun of her mom's politics if you want - Sarah brought that on herself - but her daughter's only fault was to be thrust into fame without asking to be.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  60. troy

    I'd give my left nutt to see Emma Watson nude and on screen.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  61. M.k.a.a.b

    I hope its as well thought out as the harry potter series.I cant wait to read it.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Farty McCloud

    I sure hope her endeavor into erotic fiction involves at least a little bit of scat.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  63. guest

    yeah a grown up harry potter still using his wizard powers with magic size wand to fill the void hehehehe can hardly wait to read it.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  64. teire

    I had read some time ago that she was considering detective fiction, which is another great British literary tradition as were the Harry Potter books.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Leucadia Bob

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    February 23, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Smegma McGhee

    Personally I hope she gets hit by a bus.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Do you have these death fantasies about other famous people, too? It is pretty odd that someone else's success bothers you so much that you wish them dead.

      Maybe she didn't deserve the success she got. Maybe her books, in your opinion, are drivel - and are causing the decline of Western Civilization. If so, blame her publisher who promoted the book so much; blame the consumers who mindlessly bought each book and watched each movie. Her goal was to write, and somehow take her family out of poverty. That is a fine goal, and if she ended up "overshooting" her goal a bit, that is lucky for her, not bad for you.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. B

      Well, just looking at your name indicates trollage. I'm betting you've been posting under all of these "clever" and inappropriate "names" all day, because you stayed home from school today.

      February 23, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  67. reader

    If you think the Harry Potter books were simplistic, you werent paying enough attention. She planned those books out so well, that she had little details in books 1-2 that would pop back up and make sense as late as books 5-6. I've never read anything as well thought out as the Harry Potter books.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Potter and the Philosopher, Stoned

      You don't read much then. . .I've read her books and found them annoying specially the first three. It was like a 10 year old wrote it. And that ending to that last book? Seriously?
      What a joke- I hated the movies even more

      February 23, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • OK

      Which of the 7 books and 8 movies did you hate the worst? How much time did you spend on this thing that you hated so much?

      February 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Kyle E

    Basically she thought...."More money sounds nice" :) That huge rock on her finger proves it all.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Are you saying that, given the chance, you would prefer LESS money? Of course she likes the money, and probably the cool stuff that comes from it. But at this point she is monetarily set for a life of ridiculous luxury. I think it is much more believable that her motivation really is a desire to try a new story or genre.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  69. lol

    The book will have a secret chamber with a surprise inside. Batterys not included. Pick up the c's now. Wink, adult novel mailed in discreet packaging to.

    February 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Geoff Willis

    Uhm, the headline writer should be shot – unfortunately "adult novel" has come to mean porn.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Richard Cheese

    Why bother? Is she going to leak plot details to the press like she did with the last two HP books? She writes like **** anyway.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  72. studioeingana

    Reblogged this on Studio Eingana and commented:
    I am very curious what kind of book this will be. It should be interesting to find out.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Coolbreeze

    Maybe I can learn sumthing from this book

    February 23, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Hairy Potter

    Harry Potter and his foot-long "magic wand".

    February 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  75. tatiana

    This is very exciting news! :D

    February 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Jerry Cotter

    The book is about me

    February 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  77. MIT

    Watch, it'll be full of Harry potter puns...

    "her head sunk as the doctor told her she had hoggwarts"

    February 23, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon

      I read these comments purely for their entertainment value. Thanks for making me laugh today!

      February 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silly Gelfling

      Hufflepuff takes on a whole new meaning.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Penfold Blue Flash

      When does the slitherin start ?

      February 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe T.

      After Harry had his way with her, they really could call it the Shrieking Shack.

      February 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  78. IRONMIKE

    I KNOW HARRY POT HEAD

    February 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      So do I. He posts as "IRONMIKE." This is why punctuation matters, people.

      February 23, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Hairy Pooper

    And the Chamber of Secretion.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  80. macphile

    Way to go, CNN. "Adult" novel? I thought it was going to be pr0n. Y'all really know how to write headlines. But if you want to be more accurate, you could try, "JK Rowling to publish new novel." Or "non-Harry Potter novel." Unless it really is going to be "adult." In which case, awesome. LOL.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mockingjay

      There is more than one meaning to the word "adult." Grow up. Please.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • joenyc

      >>There is more than one meaning to the word "adult." Grow up. Please.

      I see what you did there.

      February 24, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      How do you know that he/she is not a child?

      February 24, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  81. Unknown

    Harry Potter and the Half-Clothed Chick.

    February 23, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Josh

    Harry Potter congers up a brothel ?

    February 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mockingjay

      It's "conjures" you idiot. Maybe you should read more.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Maybe the girls in this brothel perform acts with marine eels?

      February 23, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      You can always tell when someone has made the best point. That's when the best counterpoint someone can think of, like that by Mockingjay, is about typos.

      Mockingjay, you come off like such a total jerk.

      February 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Church of Suicidal

      Dear Bill,

      There is a difference between a typo and not knowing how to spell a word (and more importantly, not caring enough to find out).

      February 23, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not as stupid

      Dear Church of Suicidal. There is also something called the Ad Hominem fallacy. Read a book.

      February 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Susan

    She's a descriptive and detailed storyteller – I'm looking forward to what she conjures up for the grownups

    February 23, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • joenyc

      His warm breath stirred every atom on her neck. It smelled like beer and pizza. The kind of pizza that has been in the oven for too long before sitting on the counter for 4 hours on a Sunday before the soccer team comes in to console themselves after a loss. He was on that team, and he wanted a victory tonight.....

      That kind of detail?

      February 24, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  84. WOOHOO

    Barry Petter discovers while facing the criminal activities at his law firm, and through his life experience that he has grown immensly.. IN HIS PANTS

    February 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • saopaco

      Dolt.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Of The Beast

      *** Big deal, the Bible has stories about torture, murder, death and pain, not to mention giants, talking animals, and the destruction of the world (twice: Noah and the book of Revelations).

      But, the bible is not real, Harrp Potter Lives !

      February 23, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      Not Barrry Petter... Perry Hotter!

      February 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Jeff S

    To each their own, but the fact that so many adults got so caught up in the Harry Potter series – obviously intended for children from 8-12 years old, is mind-boggling to me. Simplistic story plots and writing, adapted into movies with special effects rivaling those of the best sci-fi movies of all-time (circa 1973)...If this one is intended for adults, I don't think most of her readers are going to be able to get through it.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • 1984

      Actually I dont know many 8-12 kids who have read books that have over 700 pages. There isnt a specific age group for it, although it is more for teens.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mockingjay

      A good story is a good story. You should be more open-minded.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • saopaco

      Her audience initially was the 8-12 crowd, but the tone in her novels shifted as she worked her way into the last two. Her characters aged, and so did her fan base. I imagine that the author will do just fine with her new projects.as she was able to capture even adults with the Harry Potter series. The plot may have been simple, but her prose remained elegant.

      When you consider what passes for entertainment in this day and age, I think it is unfair to deride the author or her fans for Harry Potter. All in all, it was a better story than Twillight!

      February 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz in Seattle

      I am a voracious reader of "real" literature (ie no Twilight or crap romance novels or hastily-written spy series) and I think JK Rowling is a truly gifted author. I picked up the first HP book just to see what the fuss was about and found the whole series to be really engaging, enjoyable and clever. I'm not normally a fantasy fan, either, and Ic ertainly don't read many children's books. Don't lump JKR's books in with the crap that gets sold as "novels" these days just because she has such broad appeal. I predict her novel/s for adults will be very well received.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      I loved the Harry Potter series. My kids wouldn't sit down long enough to read the books because of how many pages they are. Looking forward to reading her new books

      February 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Valentijn

      The Harry Potter books weren't brilliant literature, but they were a fun and easy read. What's wrong with enjoying some escapism? And I totally agree about the Twilight books. They had a few good points, but mostly it was 100 consecutive pages of Belle being emo teenage drama queen, a few pages of stuff happening, then more emo BS.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • cra

      Simplistic plots!? Obviously you haven't read the books. The books are so much more complex than the movies. The books delved into racial and class prejudice, the nature of evil, and even took a few pokes at well meaning but clueless do-gooders. Each book became more complex as the children matured and started to see the world as adults. The Potter books were a wonderful litterary achievment that shouldn't be dismissed simply because it has been labled as "juvenile" literature. Read the Book Thief or the novels of Phill Pullman and learn what interesting novels are being written for "children".

      February 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      @1984: You don't how many kids have read her lengthy books? You must have been hiding under a rock for the last dozen years because the answer is "many millions" - just ask her accountant, her publisher, or just about anyone with a computer and access to the internet.

      February 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Wayne

      I agree. I never made it past the fourth book or the 2nd movie. The story started out for children with it's simple story and one dimensional characters. I love the fact that her books got so many children and adults reading but for me they were just too simplistic.

      February 23, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse from KC

      Yeah... 8-12 year olds read about demons who suck your soul out of you, an evil man who splits his soul into pieces and hides them in caves protected by zombies. They read stories about torture, murder, death and pain all the time. There are things that happen in those stories from books 3 and on (and even some in books 1 and 2) that I don't want MY 9 year old to read about. There are MANY adult oriented things that go on in those stories, you obviously haven't read them. Maybe you watched the movies, and I let my 5 year old watch them, but the books are much more intense and, later, adult oriented.

      Thanks for playing..

      February 23, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Finrod

      Big deal, the Bible has stories about torture, murder, death and pain, not to mention giants, talking animals, and the destruction of the world (twice: Noah and the book of Revelations).

      February 23, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harrys Putter

      You are why i hate muggles.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      I enjoyed the books, at least the first ones. The plots WERE simple, with little real foreshadowing, but they were entertaining and imaginative. Unfortunately, I have to disagree with some of you about her skill as a writer. It is adequate, but her instant fame made the later books truly ponderous to read.

      A good editor, for example, would have made her cut 200 to 300 pages from book 5 - especially from the latter part of the book. Sadly, one of two things occurred: either her ego (and success) made her insist one keeping them without alteration, or the editors equated number of pages with sale price and decided to keep it without any real modification.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • I'm scared

      Hansel and Gretel was pretty nasty too.

      February 23, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob Allan

      Finally, Jeff S has the gumption to tell it like it is.
      What is it with my wife and the rest of the JK fanatics/disciples who apparently don't have a life of their own! Same with the Oprah worshippers!
      Yes, I guess the Harry Potter chronicles were entertaining (she dragged me kicking and screaming to every one!) but beyond that, I don't understand the fantacism.
      And the fact that she and Oprah have more money than they could ever count, yet try to come across as an
      "everyman" that can relate to the rest of us commoners, makes me GAG!

      February 26, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  86. Solitairedog

    No joke, I find this news to be good news. I can't wait to read it. I'm very curious.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Tim

    Let me guess.....The book follows the activities of Barry Petter as he graduate law school and learns that his new law firm is actually a front for a merry band of magicians set to rid the world of evil

    February 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  88. WOOHOO

    Yeaaahhh adult novels rock! bow chica wow wow

    February 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      an adult novel eh?
      I suggest Hermione Granger and the date rape potion

      February 23, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeepers

      I was thinking the same thing...like "adult movies." I wonder if they will involve wizards gettin' nasty.

      February 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Krisagi

      If you want to read decent adult fantasy novels you need to read Laurell K Hamilton. She is much better than JK Rowling

      February 23, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrBo

      Rape isn't funny.

      February 23, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. B

      @Krisagi: LK Hamilton hasn't been good for a long, long time. Her novels went from being really cool paranormal fantasy with a kick butt heroine to just this side of hard core porn with bad editing. In fact, from what I understand, she won't let anyone edit her books anymore. If that's true, it shows.

      February 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joel

      Unless you're raping a clown.

      February 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • basketcase

      @Krisagi Considering Rowling hasn't published any "adult" novels, I'd say that's an impossible comparison to make.

      February 23, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • My Potter is Harry

      Better not be about two wizards touching each other's wands. I want to see Harry use his cloak of invisibility to sneak passed mom and pop Weasley into Ginny's room. Then the book will get good from there haha

      February 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Chris

    OK.

    February 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Here's hoping Rowling's billion dollar stack falls over and suffocates her.

      February 28, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |

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