After 7 books and 8 movies, Harry Potter is back thanks to J. K. Rowling's new collaboration with the award-winning theatre producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender. She will be working as the co-producer (she will not be writing the script) for a stage play based on Harry's life before he went to Hogwarts.
The project's development is in it's early stage where hunt for the play's director and writer hasn't even started. Rowling has been confirmed as co-producer and collaborator on the project but won't be writing the script. The hunt for writers and directors will begin in the New Year.
Richard Griffiths OBE, 'one of the most loved, recognisable and greatest British actors', has died after complications following heart surgery.
Best known for his brilliant portrayal of Uncle Vernon in the Potter series, Griffths had enjoyed an enormously successful and wide ranging career in film, theatre and television. Starting out with the Royal Shakespeare Company, he went on to a number of television roles before becoming a fan favourite in the 1987 British classic, Withnail and I. In recent years, he headed back to the stage with roles in the Alan Bennett'sThe History Boys and the 2007 revival of Equus, featuring Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe.
GoodReads nominates 'The Casual Vacancy' by J.K. Rowling for Best Fiction Book of 2012
GoodReads.com has nominated J.K. Rowlin'g first adult novel The Casual Vacancy for the Best Fiction book of 2012.
The Casual Vacancy received mixed reviews from critics and fans alike, but for fans of Harry Potter, the book was a far cry the Hogwarts Saga setting yet still possessed that flavor and touch of brilliant storytelling from the accomplished author. When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock.
Seemingly an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, what lies behind the pretty facade 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 if 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 revelation?
Show your love for J.K. Rowling by heading on over to the GoodReads website and cast your vote now for The Casual Vacancy.
J.K. Rowling's agency, the Blair Partnership, announced this morning that the Harry Potter author will be releasing a new novel for adults.
The only other info on the page, besides a graphic, is a note from the author indicating that "While I have loved writing it just as much, my next book will be very different from the Harry Potter series."
A press release further notes:
"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. 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"
Details will be announced "later in the year." The as-yet unnamed book has been bought by Little, Brown and Company in the UK and US.
Also the her official website has updated itself with the following message : "Although I've enjoyed writing it just as much, my next novel will be very different from the Harry Potter series."
The site is expected to be updated this spring and people can sign up for further announcements regarding this book.
It's wonderful year in the Harry Potter phenomenon with the last movie releasing and the announcement of Pottermore and the beta of Pottermore. With the announcement of the L.A. theme park and about the new opening of Leavesden studios to the public we can now become closer to this world we always imagined.
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