While the magic of “Harry Potter” will always live on in the hearts of Muggles and wizards alike, fans of British author J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series may be excited to see a first glimpse of the cover of her new adult novel, “The Casual Vacancy.”
According to a new press release this Tuesday afternoon, J.K. Rowling has just revealed the long-awaited cover of her new book. This story does not revolve around the boy who lived or a magical castle, but tells the tale of regular protagonist Barry Fairbrother who goes on a personal journey of his own.
A simple red cover for ‘The Casual Vacancy,’ the new book by J.K. Rowling
This time around, J.K. Rowling’s newest book will not be for young children waiting for an owl or their own talking letter from Hogwarts, but rather a mature book for a more adult audience.
According to a recent post this week from “E! Online,” J.K. Rowling revealed just today the cover for “The Casual Vacancy.” The cover itself seems quite plain, so readers may have to look inside to discover the magic words within.
“The Casual Vacancy” is scheduled to be released in U.S. bookstores this September 27, 2012. The novel describes the interesting story of Pagford, a town that goes through a rather unique set of experiences after the death of a certain Barry Fairbrother.
Rowling has no issue with giving a noble end to her great characters—let readers not forget the noble sacrifice of Severus Snape and Albus Dumbledore—and so it may not be too much of a surprise to hear of the untimely demise of Mr. Fairbrother.
The press release also notes that the small English town of Pagford is described to be “at war … rich at war with the poor, teenagers at war with their parents … Pagford is not what first it seems.”
So reports the synopsis of “The Casual Vacancy” later on, “The real empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes a catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen … who will triumph in an election fraught with passion and unexpected revelations?”
Most interesting, Harry Potter—and soon to be, perhaps, Barry Fairbrother—fans.
The book is expected to have 512 pages, which is not a doorstop like “The Order of the Phoenix,” but easily surpasses the length of the first novel in the series, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s [Philosopher’s] Stone.”
While “The Casual Vacancy” may be nothing like the infamous and beloved “Harry Potter” novels or movies, no doubt Rowling will once again weave her magic spell with readers, leaving them wanting more of her talented writing craft.
Are you excited about the new adult book—and maybe, in the distant future, a movie adaptation—by the amazing J.K. Rowling? Or do you feel that “A Casual Vacancy” will only leave you with the hope of another exciting year with Harry, Ron, and Hermione?
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