This week, J.K Rowling acknowledged that she’s about to start writing a non-Harry Potter children’s book. The author, best known for penning the beloved tales of the boy who lived, released a statement on her website that announced her intentions. In it, Rowling writes:
“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.”
As of right now, no one knows anything about the plot or what the book will be about. Although the fact that it will be her first kid’s book to not mention the Potter universe is pretty wild. On top of helping pen the affiliated movies, Rawlings most recently published Harry Potter lore books that help unpack the wizarding universe.
Rowling has tried to step away from the series before. In 2013, in an attempt to reboot her writing career free of expectations stemming from her prior works, she wrote The Cuckoo’s Calling using the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. But as is usually the case, the Internet unmasked her slight of hand. One reporter eventually put together that The Cuckoo’s Calling had the same agent, publisher, and editor as Rowling’s book The Casual Vacancy.
Rowling is currently working on the screenplay for the third entry in the five-part Fantastic Beasts series. Part three, however, doesn’t even come out until 2020. Despite this heavy time commitment, hopefully, it won’t take the writer another six years to find the time to pen this newest book.