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J.K. Rowling‘s first Harry Potter book was published in 1997 with seven books in the series all together. She then turned to writing for an older audience, publishing five novels, including The Casual Vacancy in 2012 and The Cuckoo’s Calling in 2013.

And now, she has something new in the works, a children’s story called The Ickabog. She wants to be clear, this is not a Harry Potter spinoff, but something completely new. Rowling turned to Twitter earlier today to make the announcement:

Rowling’s initial tweet is pretty short, but if you click on the above, you can see that she continues on to elaborate via the comments section.

The Ickabog has been ten years in the making, according to Rowling. She had started on it, and then put it in “the attic” while working on other projects and has recently gone back to revisit the story. It turns out, the only people who have read the story as of yet are her two younger children. She thought of it as a family affair, but in the recent weeks, she went back to the manuscript and it’s now ready to be published.

She writes about the turn of the events on her official website, saying, “My now teenagers were touchingly enthusiastic, so downstairs came the very dusty box, and for the last few weeks I’ve been immersed in a fictional world I thought I’d never enter again.”

Starting today, she plans to release one chapter a day, possibly two or three some days, and the actual book will be published in November. She’s also inviting children worldwide to submit illustrations that may end up in the book.

The first and second chapters have already been published to The Ickabog website, introducing King Fred the Fearless and the legend of the Ickabog.

We have a sneaky feeling this isn’t just for kids.

Is this something you’re going to indulge in? 

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Filed Under: J.K. Rowling, The Ickabog
By Brigid Brown