The literary world was shaken when “The Cuckoo’s Calling” author, Robert Galbraith, was revealed to be none other than J.K Rowling, renowned author of the Harry Potter series.
In her Cormoran Strike series, you’ll find a noir style novel that follows the life of war veteran turned detective as he investigates the death of model Lula Landry. The book has already been followed up by a sequel entitled “The Silkworm.”
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, J.K. Rowling expressed that she has big plans to extend her Cormoran Strike series, which will span over seven books, officially outnumbering Harry Potter.
During a speech at Harrogate’s Crime Writing Festival, Rowling touched on the series, saying, “I really love writing these books, so I don’t know that I’ve got an end point in mind. One of the things I absolutely love about this genre is that, unlike Harry, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and an end, you’re talking about discrete stories. So while a detective lives you can keep giving him cases.”
The Cormoran Strike series isn’t the only project that Rowling has up her sleeve. She is currently working on screenplays for a trilogy of films based on “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a book produced under the pseudonym Newt Scamander. Rowling largely accredits this spin-off to the charming ways of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.
“When I say he made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t P.R.-speak but the literal truth,” she tells Entertainment Weekly. “We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call, and then I got out the rough draft that I’d thought was going to be an interesting bit of memorabilia for my kids and started rewriting!”
So it seems that Rowling isn’t opposed to jumping back into the world of “Harry Potter” but still finds plenty of joy writing about things other than magic and wizardry.
Although there is no set date for the release of the third installment of the Cormoran Strike series or the first installment of “Fantastic Beasts,” Rowling fans are surely rejoicing at a world soon to be inundated by the wonder of her imagination.
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