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Rejoice! JK Rowling’s New Adult Book Has A Title And Release Date

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JK Rowling, our lord and savior, is about to find out if she’s got staying power beyond Hogwarts.

The publishing house Little Brown announced today that Rowling’s highly anticipated new book for adults will be called Harry Potter and The Casual Vacancy. The new novel is set to be released (super soon!) on September 27, 2012.

Like I’ve written in the past on this site, I’m definitely a kid who grew up with Harry Potter in the home. But I have no qualms about Rowling moving on from the beloved wizarding series. We’re all growing up, guys. It’s time for the woman richer than the Queen to show us what else she’s got up her sleeve. Time to leave our childhoods and enter a world where JK Rowling releases books that don’t include magic spells.

Oh god. I’m sorry. I just keep hearing this song in my head as I write this:

Just…some floo powder in my eye. That’s all. I’m not crying!

Seems like, even though it’s not a Potter book, The Casual Vacancy is going to be a fun, quirky mystery novel. This is the description of The Casual Vacancy’s plot from Little Brown’s site:

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?

Pagford, huh? Sounds suspiciously like Pigfarts to me. (Okay, it’s a stretch.) TC mark

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  • Emil Caillaux

    JK Rowling meets modern-day Downton Abbey-as-a-town.


  • KolmasSilm

    Throughout reading all of this, I was just thinking: HARRY POTTER: THE SECOND GENERATION. She def. could have worked it. Don’t fix what ain’t broke. Blimey.

  • Oli Rob Ver


  • Your name

    “When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly…”JK Rowling strikes again.

  • Guest

    Dude, Vitamin C.  Props for that.

  • Danaynay

    I just hope criticism of her new book/future endeavors is based on its own merit rather than Harry Potter star power (also, I’m curious to see if she can write above an 8th-grade reading level).  

  • Leah K

    Yer a wizard, Barry. 

  • Blissfulmitch

    I’m seeing this as J.K. Rowling’s take on “Hot Fuzz” and even a spot o’ Famous Five. Could be hilarious and awesome.

  • Sarah Casolaro

    Yes to everything in this article.  Yes to Vitamin C, yes to Floo powder, YES to A Very Potter Musical reference.  Just…yes.

  • Laura


  • Guest

    That summary of “The Casual Vacancy” is quite possibly the most cliche summary I have ever read…Sounds like your typical mystery novel set in England. Very disappointing to see the mind who created Harry Potter create something so ordinary and unoriginal.

  • thegreendoor


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  • Feather

    Adult book…makes it sound like porn.


    1. It’s Little, Brown, not Little Brown.

    2. I imagine those who enjoy Harry Potter will enjoy Harry Potter for Grownups, but if anyone seriously thinks Rowling has any chops as an “adult” novelist (whatever that means), they are not a very close reader. 

  • Sarah Ross

    Sounds like Agatha Christie

  • Maura Quinn

    God bless the Starkid reference :D

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