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J.K. Rowling Announces Next Book “Career of Evil”

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J.K. Rowling and her publishing alter ego Robert Galbraith have announced the release of the next installment in the Cormoran Strike novels. “Career of Evil” is the third novel in the series and the news was announced via Twitter by Rowling.

“Career of Evil” follows “The Cuckoo’s Calling” and “The Silkworm” in the series. Similarly to the other novels, it will follow detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. It is also published under the pseudonym that Rowling used previously.

The synopsis, per The Guardian:

In the third Cormoran Strike novel, Robin receives a mysterious package containing a woman’s severed leg. Strike, a war veteran, believes that four people from his past could be responsible, since he “knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality”, said the novel’s publisher, Sphere. And with the police focusing on the wrong suspect, Strike and Robin take matters into their own hands. The publisher called the novel “a gripping story of a man and a woman at a crossroads”.

The series has continued to do insanely well and “Career of Evil” is already selling well on Amazon. “Career of Evil” will be released on October 20 in the U.S., and October 22 in the U.K.

J.K. Rowling To Publish Dolores Umbridge Tale For Halloween

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J.K. Rowling is at it again with another Harry Potter tale just in time for Halloween. Her next short story will be 1,700 words long and focus on HP character Dolores Umbridge. It will be released through Pottermore like her most recent HP short stories.

Umbridge was the former Hogwarts professor who delighted in tormenting Harry during “Order of the Phoenix.” She famously physically punished Harry during detention by scarring him with a Blood Quill, which used his own blood as ink. While in the novel she was eventually sentenced to live in Azkaban, the short story will take fans into her back story.

According to Pottermore,

“Umbridge is not only one of the most malicious Potter characters—she is the only person other than Lord Voldemort to leave a permanent physical scar on Harry.”

The Umbridge tale will go live on Pottermore next week on Halloween.

J.K. Rowling Writes Another Harry Potter Short Story

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For someone who has said she is done writing the “Harry Potter” world, she sure seems to keep returning to it often. J.K. Rowling has yet again written another short story set in the wizarding world.

Posted on her website Pottermore.com, Rowling released a story about a character called Celestina Warbeck, a little known side character mentioned a few time within the saga.

Rowling told NBC’s Today Show that Warbeck was a singer who is similar to the 1950’s singer Shirley Bassey. She said,

“Celestina Warbeck is one of my favourite ‘off-stage’ characters in the Harry Potter series, and has been part of the Potter world ever since its inception, making an early appearance in the short-lived ‘Daily Prophet’ series I produced for members of the equally short-lived fan club run by my British publisher, Bloomsbury. Although we never lay eyes on Celestina during the whole seven volumes of the Potter books, I always imagined her to resemble Shirley Bassey in both looks and style. I stole her first name from a friend with whom I worked, years ago, at Amnesty International’s Headquarters inLondon; ‘Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch.”

Here are some of the details of the character:

Birthday: Aug. 18

Wand: Larch and phoenix feather, 10 1/2 inches long, flexible

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor

Special abilities: Ability to drown out a chorus of banshees, tap-dancing, fancy baking

Parentage: Wizard father, Muggle mother

Family: Has married three times; one son

Hobbies: Traveling in fabulous style, breeding rough-coated Crups, relaxing in any of her eight homes

You can read more at Today.com.

J.K. Rowling Releases New Harry Potter Short Story

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If you have spent the last few years wondering what has happened to our favorite wizarding trio, Ron, Harry, and Hermione, J.K. Rowling has quenched your worries. The author has released a new short story revealing what has happened to the characters since the book’s ending.

Fans can read the story on Pottermore. The story was written in the style of fictional Daily Prophet “journalist” Rita Skeeter. You can see some highlights below.

  • 34-year-old Harry is described as having “threads of silver” in his hair, as well as a new scar on his right cheekbone to match his infamous lightning bolt. While his children James and Albus are present, however, wife Ginny is not, leading Rita to speculate there could be trouble in paradise.
  • Viktor Krum makes an appearance, with Harry greeting him with a hug.
  • Hermione and Ron remain happily married. Ron has changed career; though initially starting out as an Auror like Harry, after two years Ron elected to leave the Ministry and instead stepped into the position of co-manager at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Hermione, meanwhile, has ascended to the lofty heights of head of the Department for Magical Law Enforcement.
  • Neville Longbottom remains professor of Herbology at Hogwarts, and is married to Hannah.
  • Luna Lovegood is married to Newt Scamander’s grandson, Rolf, with whom she has twin boys.
  • Bill Weasley remains married to Fleur, despite the inevitable difficulties of his affliction.
  • Teddy Lupin, Harry’s 16-year-old godson, meanwhile, is still carrying on with their daughter Victoire.

J.K. Rowling Releasing Another Novel as Robert Galbraith

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Using her alter ego once more, J.K. Rowling is publishing a second book as Robert Galbraith, publisher Little, Brown has confirmed. The novel will be a sequel to the book, “The Cuckoo’s Calling” which was released last year.

“The Silkworm” sees the return of detective Cormoran Strike, the ex-soldier hero introduced in The Cuckoo’s Calling. In the new book, Strike investigates the disappearance of a novelist who has written a book that features scathing descriptions of real people.

The Cuckoo’s Calling initially attracted little notice when it was published last year, but rocketed up the charts once Rowling was exposed as its author.

The Silkworm will be published June 19 in Britain and June 24 in the USA.

J.K. Rowling Admits Hermione Should’ve Ended Up With Harry, Not Ron

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The Harry Potter series ended seven years ago and author J.K. Rowling recently revealed she wishes she had changed the ending. Rowling has said that she regrets the romantic pairing of Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

Since the beginning of the series, fans were so sure that Hermione was meant to end up with Harry only to be let down when he went for the younger ginger, Ginny Weasley instead. However, in an upcoming interview in Wonderland Magazine, Rowling admits that she might have done things differently.

“If I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that,” she told Emma Watson, the actress who played Hermione and also the guest-editor for the magazine. “It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not.”

Rowling goes on to say,

“I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment,” Rowling said. “That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”

Watson echoed Rowling’s sentiments telling the author,

“I think there are fans out there who know that too and who wonder whether Ron would have really been able to make her happy.”