J.K. Rowling Sure Knows How to Make Headlines

The beloved Harry Potter series may very well be over, but author J.K. Rowling certainly knows how to keep her name in the news. The author recently announced that she would be writing another novel — but this one, for adults. Then there was the announcement that her Pottermore web site won’t be ready to open to the public until early April — 6 months after its scheduled opening. And now, according to Entertainment Weekly, she’s no longer a billionaire — sadly just a millionaire.

EW reports that Rowling has given away so much money to charity and taxes — an estimated $160 million — she was removed from the Forbes Rich List.

But with Pottermore set to open to the public in April and a new book on the way, her profits will surely boost again.

The reason for the delayed Pottermore opening is simply because it wasn’t ready yet. A beta version of the site opened in October, but had a number of major glitches that needed to be ironed out.

And as far as the new, adult book is concerned — not much has been released about it. It does not yet have a title or publication date. All we know is that Little, Brown is publishing it and that it will be “very different” from the Potter series, according to Rowling’s statement, below:

“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,” she said. “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. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

So what do you think? Will J.K. Rowling soon be back on top?

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4 responses to “J.K. Rowling Sure Knows How to Make Headlines

  1. Lauren

    Pretty sure that the amount of cash you have isn’t the only way a person can be “on top.” I’d say that she’s a much better person than most because she donated that much to charity. Also, if you think there’s nothing wrong with the phrase, “sadly, just a millionaire,” there’s a serious problem here.

  2. texangrl

    I’m pretty sure that “sadly, just a millionaire” comment had a hint of sarcasm in it.

  3. Amritorupa Kanjilal

    Hi Lara,
    I really don’t know what to feel about the new book.One part of me is looking forward to reading something new from Rowling, I’ve missed her so badly. But another part is such a Potthead that it feels like Harry is being abandoned.
    JKR started from zero and got to where she is through sheer talent. I’m sure this book will let her explore that talent some more.
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