JK Rowling and the dangerous leap: Harry Potter author hopes to be just as successful with 5m deal to write first novel for adults

JK Rowling

New phase: JK Rowling is writing a new novel for adults

A generation of children around the world have been captivated by her particular brand of literary magic.

Now for the first time JK Rowling is turning her hand to adult fiction – after signing a deal estimated to be worth in excess of 5 million.

The 46-year-old Harry Potter author has signed an international deal with publisher Little Brown – who look after the Twilight saga – which will include both print and e-book editions.

The deal comes some 16 years after she published her first novel – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Industry experts said Miss Rowling was in a unique position for a children’s writer because her fans have grown up with the Harry Potter books – now in their 20s and 30s they are her new target market.

The author, who is already worth in excess of 530 million, is keeping fans guessing about her new work and has so far refused to name it or even give any details about the characters and the plot.

She said: ‘Although I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series.

‘The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me.’

The Harry Potter books were published by Bloomsbury, but Miss Rowling said that it was 'logical' to have a new publisher for her adult work.

Industry insiders estimated that Miss Rowling’s deal is worth in excess of 5 million and it is expected the new book will be released this year.

Fans and bookstores are already anticipating huge demand when the novel is released, with many curious to see if the acclaimed children’s author can make the transition to adult fiction.

Thousands have taken to Twitter to debate the new project.

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One fan said: ‘I am so excited that JK Rowling is writing a new novel. I
don’t care if it is not Potter related. This is brilliant, brilliant

Another added: ‘I have only just heard about plans for a new book and I
am already gripped. Imagine what’s going to happen when it actually
comes out.’

A spokesman for Waterstones said: ‘JK Rowling’s audience is vast and her
position is unique. The Harry Potter books were a global success and
her fans are very loyal.

‘Children that were eight, nine, or ten, when the books first came out in the 1990s are now in their 20s.

‘Plenty of adults loved the books regardless of whether they had children, so the potential market for her is huge.’

The Harry Potter franchise has transformed into a multi-billion pound
industry that stretches from books and films to clothes and a theme

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Last year she launched the Pottermore.com website, which is effectively a
virtual wizarding world offering users encyclopaedic detail about the
original books.

Millions registered to join it and access material about the key
characters in Harry Potter that had been previously unpublished.

Miss Rowling also uses the interactive site to sell the e-book versions of her hugely popular books.

The Harry Potter books have sold about 450 million copies worldwide and
for more than a decade each installment became the must have book in

Her final Harry Potter novel, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,'
was published in 2007. It sold 11 million copies on the first day.

The books spawned a hit movie franchise, which made stars of the three leads Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

The author has already produced two spin-off books raising thousands for
charity, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Quidditch Through
the Ages.

A lavish theme park opened last year, while branded fashion and merchandise is worth millions.