Category Archives: JK Rowling

Chamber of Secrets chapters 1-4 now available to everyone on Pottermore!

We’ve waited patiently for almost a year, and now book two on Pottermore, Chamber of Secrets, is finally being opened. Chapters 1-4 went live yesterday for House Cup winners Slytherin, and today they are accessible for all other students too. Head over to Pottermore now to have a look at the new features and content by JK Rowling!

The website currently states that subsequent chapters will be available ‘shortly’.

Cover art for JK Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’ revealed!

Publisher Little, Brown just released the cover art for JK Rowling’s new book The Casual Vacancy! See that below. They also released an updated synopsis and the prices in dollars. Strangely, since the initial announcement, the name of the deceased character Barry Fairweather has been changed to Barry Fairbrother, put down to error by Little, Brown.

Little, Brown and Company releases the cover for The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling, along with updated cover copy, details of the audio reader, and confirmed page count.

Published worldwide in the English language on September 27, 2012 in hardcover ($35.00), large print hardcover ($39.00), e-book ($19.99), unabridged audio download ($29.98), and on CD ($44.98)

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the 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?

A big novel about a small town, The Casual Vacancy is J. K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. It is the work of a storyteller like no other. Get the whole story »

15th Anniversary of Book 1: The Guardian re-releases 1997 article with early JK Rowling interview

Yesterday marked fifteen years since the first publication of Philosopher’s Stone (they only printed 500 copies!). In honour of this anniversary, The Guardian re-published one of their very early articles about JK Rowling and Harry Potter. It includes an interview with JKR herself, which is fascinating to read in hindsight, where she speaks about getting accepted by Bloomsbury and expresses her astonishment at the huge (now comparatively tiny!) six-figure sums of money coming her way.

Have a read of that right here. Click the image for a larger version: