'Harry Potter' Author J.K. Rowling Is Publishing a New Novel -- for Adults!

The best-selling writer of seven Harry Potter books has announced plans to publish her first book since 2007's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

In the words of the immortal Etta James: At last! Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has announced that she is publishing a new book -- and this one's for adults.

The best-selling writer behind one of the most successful book and movie franchises of all time has been mum on her new project since Deathly Hallows hit bookstores back in 2007. But Thursday her agency The Blair Partnership announced that a new book is on its way, with further details (including title, subject matter and release date) to be revealed later in the year.

"Although I've enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series," Rowling says on the website. "The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry's success has brought me."

Publishers Weekly reports that the book will be distributed by Little, Brown -- which, for the record, is the same company that distributes The Twilight Saga books.

Rowling first teased that she was writing a book for adults back in 2007, but hasn't said much more than that in the years since. If her earlier statements are to be believed, she is also working on another children's book that is about fairies and monsters and is relatively political in nature. And let's not forget that she's also left the door open for future Potter books.

Recently, Rowling has also been working on the launch of her Harry Potter website, Pottermore. It is still in beta mode but should be open to the public later this year. The project is the manifestation of Rowling's planned Potter encyclopedia, and is intended to reinvent the Harry Potter books for a new generation.

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