Listen Up, Harry Potter Fans! J.K. Rowling Is Releasing a Totally New Book The Ickabog - E! Online (2024)

Listen up, Harry Potter fans!

J.K. Rowling is releasing a totally new book. That's right! The 54-year-old author announced the new fairy tale, called The Ickabog, via her website on Tuesday.

While Rowling made it clear "this is not a Harry Potter spinoff," she also noted she came up with the idea for the story while she was still writing the Harry Potter series.

"I wrote most of a first draft in fits and starts between Potter books, intending to publish it afterHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," she wrote via her website. "However, after the last Potter book I wanted to take a break from publishing, which ended up lasting five years."

During that time, Rowling wrote The Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo's Calling. Then, after a bit of "dithering," she decided to "step away from children's books for a while." As a result, her first draft of The Ickabog was tucked away in the attic, where she said it stayed for nearly a decade.

"Over time I came to think of it as a story that belonged to my two younger children, because I'd read it to them in the evenings when they were little, which has always been a happy family memory," she continued via her site.

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Then, a few weeks ago, she decided to bring the book back down and publish it for free for children social distancing amid the global coronavirus pandemic. She's also donating all author royalties from The Ickabog to coronavirus relief efforts once it's published. The book is expected to be published in print, eBook and audio formats in November 2020.

Her family members seemed in favor of revisiting the tale, too.

"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,"Rowling wrote via her site. "As I worked to finish the book, I started reading chapters nightly to the family again. This was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my writing life, asThe Ickabog'sfirst two readers told me what they remember from when they were tiny, and demanded the reinstatement of bits they'd particularly liked (I obeyed)."

Over time I came to think of The Ickabog as just for my family. The manuscript went up into the attic, where it remained until a few weeks ago.

This is the very dusty box I got down from the attic.
(It's a Net-A-Porter box and might well have held a premiere dress.)


— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 26, 2020

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So, what is the book about? Rowling described it asa "story about truth and the abuse of power." However, she reiterated she came up with the idea for the book over a decade ago and made it clear "it isn't intended to be read as a response to anything that's happening in the world right now," noting "the themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country."

While Rowling called the story a "read-aloud book," she also said it's "suitable" for children between the ages of 7 and 9 to read to themselves.

Opening the box was like opening a time capsule. Most of the story was handwritten, but bits had been typed up. When I put it into some kind of order (I'm not renowned for my filing skills) I had a patchwork first draft.


— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 26, 2020

As for those wanting to dive into the story, Rowling wrote she intends to post a chapter ("or two, or three") every weekday between May 26 and July 10 via the The Ickabog website. But that's not all. She's also calling upon her young readers to help with the illustrations with a friendly competition. The winning images will be featured in the book this November.

Rowling has come up with many ways to keep readers entertained amid the global pandemic. She also recently launched the online hub Harry Potter At Home and released audio recordings of the first installments of the Harry Potter book series, including a chapter read by Daniel Radcliffe.

Listen Up, Harry Potter Fans! J.K. Rowling Is Releasing a Totally New Book The Ickabog - E! Online (2024)


Will The Ickabog become a movie? ›

At the moment there are no plans to make a movie or stage adaptation of The Ickabog.

How much is J.K. Rowling worth in 2024? ›

J.K. Rowling, the renowned author and creator of the beloved Harry Potter series, has amassed significant wealth throughout her career. As of April 2024, her estimated net worth stands at around $1.15 billion, primarily attributed to her literary achievements, business ventures, and strategic investments.

What is The Ickabog story about? ›

The story of "The Ickabog" is a tale of adventure, courage, and the power of unity in the face of adversity. The people of Cornucopia must come together to overcome the challenges they face and protect their kingdom from the threat of the Ickabog.

Is The Ickabog appropriate for kids? ›

I enjoyed how it was very light-hearted in the beginning, but got darker. The book is sensational. I rated it 7+ because seven year olds should be able to cope with the darker themes in it (e.g. A man getting shot by accident, kids dying in an orphanage with not enough food, and much more). All in all, I loved it.

How does The Ickabog end? ›

The people choose hope. They punish the guilty, end the monarchy, and install a better government. Having learned the lesson of asserting hope over fear, the people of Cornucopia and their Ickabog allies live happily ever after.

What is the sad story of J.K. Rowling? ›

Rowling's early life was full of financial difficulties and personal hardships. She faced a series of challenges as a single mother, living on government benefits while fighting depression and the loss of her mother. However, breaking through these struggles, she found her passion in writing.

Can adults read The Ickabog? ›

A fairy tale that I feel like children and adults can enjoy like old fashioned fairy tales- with a moral, hard times handled with bravery and smarts, villains that are all too real. Thoroughly enjoyable!

What did J.K. Rowling actually write? ›

What did J.K. Rowling write? In addition to the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling wrote such companion volumes as Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them (2001) and cowrote a story on which the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (2016) was based.

Who attacked Mr. Weasley? ›

Description. The attack on Arthur Weasley occurred a couple of days before the Christmas holidays in 1995, while he was on duty guarding the prophecy regarding Lord Voldemort and Harry Potter. He was bitten by Lord Voldemort's snake, Nagini.

Why does J.K. Rowling regret Ron and Hermione? ›

There was too much fundamental incompatibility." In a later interview, however, Rowling (possibly backtracking) said she thought Harry and Ginny were more like soulmates, whereas Ron and Hermione were a kind of an opposites-attract couple. “[They] are drawn to each other because they balance each other out.

Does J.K. Rowling appear in any of the films? ›

J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, did not appear in any of the Harry Potter movies. Rowling played no role in the casting or production of the Harry Potter film series, which was adapted from her books by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Did J.K. Rowling get involved in the movies? ›

J.K. Rowling did not supervise the movies. As part of her contract, she had probably control over the selection of the main characters and the final script. She was also the best person to consult in terms of character development and simplifying the books to fit into a movie.

Will J.K. Rowling do more Harry Potter? ›

Harry Potter series aiming for 2026 premiere on Max after J.K. Rowling meeting. In an earnings call, Warner Bros. Discovery executives said they are aiming for a 2026 premiere, with "The Hedge Knight" due in 2025. Christian Holub is a writer covering comics and other geeky pop culture.

Will J.K. Rowling write a Harry Potter prequel? ›

With the 'magic' that Harry Potter brought the world, why wouldn't JK Rowling want to write more? For those who don't know, her stance seems to be pretty firm on not writing anymore Harry Potter. Meaning no prequels, and likely no more sequels - book or movie, because she has all the rights.

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