The 19th-century Victorian Mansion, which drew over $3.6 million — how much is that in galleons? — was Rowling’s home from 1999 to 2009. Meaning someone else gets to live in the rooms where Rowling wrote much of the Harry Potter series. There is no justice.
Feast your eyes on the cover of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.
Strong colors colors and swoopy typography must be quite trendy — The Casual Vacancy is the latest in a series of books (think The Art of Fielding and The Marriage Plot) that favor bold and simple cover designs heavy on script.
Do you appreciate the understated art and the vaguely Gryffindor colors, or do you want Mary GrandPré back?
Well, kinda: That long-awaitingHPencyclopedia is finally, for-realsies in the works. As the author writes on her new website:
For a long time I have been promising an encyclopedia of Harry’s world, and I have started work on this now. Some of it forms the new content in Pottermore. It is likely to be a time-consuming job, but when finished I shall donate all royalties to charity.
Rowling’s new novel begins when the sudden death of a well-liked man rocks the “seemingly idyllic” town of Pagford, England. Beneath its pleasant facade, Pagford is actually a “town at war,” roiled by class conflicts — rich people at odds with the poor — and in-fighting within families. The publisher described the tone of the book as “darkly comic.”
Okay, maybe we shouldn’t get too excited—Scholastic has told EW that while J.K. Rowling is making a very special announcement in 6 days, 13 hours, and some minutes, it has nothing to do with a new book. So we’re going to guess that a) they’re launching a comprehensive, fully immersive Harry Potter website (which would be awesome) or b) the series will soon be available as e-books.
Harry Potter creator’s rags-to-riches journey to be dramatised in forthcoming TV biopic Strange Magic. The life story is to be made into a TV film in the US, with an Australian actor in the lead role and Canada doubling as Scotland for the setting.
Our reaction to this can only be expressed in punctuation: !!???!!!