JK Rowling pens Harry Potter spin-off
HARRY POTTER AUTHOR JK Rowling has finished a set of handwritten fairytales that were mentioned in her last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
There will be seven volumes of the Tales of Beedle the Bard – the book that Dumbledore left Hermione in the last Potter installment – but they will not be published.
One copy will be auctioned to raise money for her charity, The Children’s Voice, and the rest will be given away.
The author said the books were a ‘wonderful way’ to say goodbye to Potter – and to keep her scribbling away.
‘People kept saying to me, “You’ll be glad to have a break from writing”, when of course I wasn’t taking a break at all.
‘I was literally writing out – as these are handwritten books – these new stories which has been a wonderful way to say goodbye.’
The fairytales, which Rowling illustrated herself, are the first works she’s written since the last Potter novel was released in July.
The new book will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London in December, with a starting price of £30,000.
Harry Potter book sales already stood at 325 million copies even before the seventh novel came out, which then broke records on both sides of the Atlantic by selling 11 million copies in 24 hours.