Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a new film series which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling. The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.
“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film. I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult. Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.
As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.
Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world. The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.
I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.”
To celebrate the paperback release of The Casual Vacancy, reading website Goodreads asked fans of the book to submit any questions that they would like to ask J.K. Rowling- more than 1,500 questions were submitted, and from a poll of finalists the winning question was chosen. You can now read the winning question and find out J.K. Rowling's answer and insights about the book here.
"I hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience! It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation and pure pleasure to get feedback from publishers and readers under a different name. The upside of being rumbled is that I can publicly thank my editor David Shelley, who has been a true partner in crime, all those people at Little, Brown who have been working so hard on The Cuckoo’s Calling without realising that I wrote it, and the writers and reviewers, both in the newspapers and online, who have been so generous to the novel. And to those who have asked for a sequel, Robert fully intends to keep writing the series, although he will probably continue to turn down personal appearances."
J.K. Rowling has contributed a personally annotated first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to be auctioned at Sotheby’s London on 21st May, as part of English PEN’s First Editions, Second Thoughts sale.
Friday 8th March
8pm, The Forum, Bath Literature Festival
J.K. Rowling will be talking to Festival Director, James Runcie.
She will be signing copies of The Casual Vacancy after the event, for ticket holders only. In order to allow as many audience members as possible to have their book signed, it will be limited to one copy per person.
This event is now sold out.
Box office: 01225 463362
This event is nearly sold out, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.
J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, has been awarded the Best Fiction prize in the Goodreads Choice Awards 2012. The Goodreads Choice Awards is the only major book awards decided by readers in the USA, and originated in 2009. Winners in other categories include Veronica Roth, Stephen King and Terry Pratchett. For further details about the awards, please visit the Goodreads website.
This week The Casual Vacancy has also returned to Number 1 in the UK in the The Bookseller and Sunday Times book lists.
BBC One announces plans to bring J.K. Rowling's best-selling novel The Casual Vacancy to the screen.
BBC Once and BBC Drama have commissioned an exclusive adaptation of The Casual Vacancy from The Blair Partnership who represent J.K. Rowling. The series will be produced through an independent production company operated by Neil Blair and Rick Senat, on behalf of The Blair Partnership, which will engage the executive series producer. The deal was struck following discussions between Neil Blair and BBC One Controller Danny Cohen.
J.K. Rowling will collaborate closely with the project, with the number and length of the episodes to be decided once the creative adaptation process has formally begun.
Please visit the BBC website for more information.
J.K. Rowling will be doing a live global webcast all about Harry Potter from her home town of Edinburgh, on Thursday 11th October at 5pm BST (12pm ET/9am PT).
Produced and directed by her American publisher, Scholastic, it can be viewed live on both Scholastic and Bloomsbury's sites. The webcast takes the form of a virtual classroom visit, during which J.K. Rowling will answer questions about Harry Potter posed by children in schools in America, England and Canada. She will also be talking about Pottermore, and answering the question most requested by Pottermore fans in a poll: ‘Which Pottermore house are you in?’
You can watch the webcast live at the Bloomsbury website.
J.K. Rowling will be appearing at the following public events to discuss her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy:
Thursday 27th September
7:30pm Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London
In conversation with BBC journalist Mark Lawson, followed by a book signing
Price: £15 / £12
Box Office: +44 (0)844 847 9910
Tickets on sale to members from 1st August and to the public from 3pm on 3rd August.
Saturday 6th October
6:30pm The Centaur, The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
In conversation with writer and broadcaster James Runcie, followed by a book signing
Box Office: +44 (0)844 880 8094
Tickets on sale to members from 13th August and to the public from 20th August. Membership available online.
J.K. Rowling will be signing copies of The Casual Vacancy after both events. In order to allow as many audience members as possible to have their book signed, it will be limited to one copy per person.
Friday 2nd November 2012
Further to her events in London and Cheltenham, J.K. Rowling will be appearing at the following literary event to discuss her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy:
Friday 2nd November 2012, 8.30pm
The Festival Marquee, Lennoxlove Book Festival, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland.
In conversation followed by book signing for ticket holders only.
Price £13/£11 concs
Box Office: +44 (0) 844 357 7611
Tickets on sale to members/Friends from 11th September and to the public from 13th September at 10.00am
Membership available from the Box Office number from 6th September.
J.K. Rowling will be signing copies of The Casual Vacancy after this event, for ticket holders only. In order to allow as many audience members as possible to have their book signed, it will be limited to two copies per person.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary, Bloomsbury Children’s Books is launching the search for the biggest Harry Potter fan! Entrants are invited to write in no more than 50 words why they love Harry Potter, and post their letters in the special postboxes provided in their local bookshops and libraries.
The Warner Bros. tour of the studios where the Harry Potter movies were made opened on Saturday 31 March 2012. For the first time, fans could go behind-the-scenes to see many things the camera never showed, from breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics.
On Thursday 7 July 2011, the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two, premiered at The Odeon, Leicester Square in central London. There were emotional farewells from the cast and producers in Trafalgar Square, watched by thousands of fans who had made the journey to be there from across the globe.
Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s exciting new website with Sony, was announced on Thursday 23 June 2011. It’s the place to discover more about the world of Harry Potter and access exclusive new content from Jo about the characters, places and objects in her much-loved stories.
This is the only place to buy Harry Potter eBooks and digital audio downloads, for all reading devices, in partnership with J.K. Rowling’s publishers worldwide.