J.K. Rowling is a busy lady. Between penning scripts for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and writing screenplays for the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film series, she has now announced that her next project will be a new children’s book.
This news comes directly from Rowling and can be found on the ‘Answers’ section on her website.
The question asks “What are you writing right now?”:
“I’ve just finished the fourth Galbraith novel, Lethal White, and I’m now writing the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts 3.
“After that, I’ll be writing another book for children. I’ve been playing with the (non-Harry Potter/wizarding world) story for about six years, so it’s about time I get it down on paper.”
She has confirmed that it will be unrelated to the wizarding world, which both disappoints and excites.
We could all spend our lives following various Harry Potter spin-off stories (is anyone else keen to read a stream-of-conscious novel by Luna Lovegood?), but the venture into new territory is intriguing.
While Rowling is onto her fifth novel for adults, historically her foray into children’s fiction has proved the most successful.
The writer has made it clear that she is more than apt at meeting the needs of our childish imaginations, so we are excited to see what is coming.
This will be her first non-Harry Potter title for children, so cast your votes – will it exist in the mythical realm or modern day? Vampires – yea or nay?
Let the speculation games begin.
Let’s also not overlook the mention of the third fantastic beasts instalment.
The second film in the series, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is set for release in November of this year; we can expect five films in total covering the journey of Newt Scamander (played by Eddie Redmayne), from 1926 to 1945.
The third film has no title as of yet, and won’t be with us until at least 2020, but in some ways, Harry Potter is like Christmas – half the fun is in the waiting.