Renowned author, J.K Rowling has been unveiling many new projects throughout the lockdown period for us all to enjoy but her lastest announcement has to be the best yet. She is set to release a new book online for free!
Keep scrolling to find out which new book it is...
For those of you that don't know, J.K Rowling is the genius behind the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
via: Getty ImagesWhat started out as a mere musing while stuck on a delayed train in London, 1990, a young Joanne Rowling conjured up the magical story of Harry Potter.
The author has single-handedly built an empire.
via: GettyThirty years since it's creation, over 500 million copies of the book franchise have been sold worldwide in eighty different languages, making it one of the best-selling book series of all time.
But this success didn't come easily to the young author.
via: GettyRowling famously struggled with marriage and money issues in the 4 years she spent working on the first Harry Potter book and, in 1994, she found herself as a newly-divorced single mom living out of her sister's spare room in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.
And, unbelievably, her idea was turned down by several different publishers...
via: GettyWho reportedly found the idea to be "too long-winded for children" Even her literary agent allegedly warned her, "You do realize, you will never make a fortune out of writing children's books?"
It was a dark and difficult time for the young woman.
via: GettyBut, regardless of her personal struggles, she continued working on her vision, frequently taking to small coffee shops across Edinburgh to complete her debut book.
And, in 1997, her hard work finally paid off.
via: Dan Finnen500 copies of the debut Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone finally hit the shelves in bookstores across the United Kingdom.
The book was an instant success.
via: GettyThe adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger were quick to capture a vast and loyal fanbase, with children and adults alike being instantly captivated by the novel.
And, in the years following from The Philosopher's Stone...
via: GettyRowling went on to release 6 more books that detailed Harry's fight against the notorious Lord Voldemort, which only made her unique take on the fantasy world of magic even more known and loved across the world.
We became Harry Potter obsessed.
via: GettySo, of course, it didn't take long for the movie adaptations to come along.
In 2001, Warner Brothers swooped in on the book series...
via: IMDBAnd brought Rowling's words and imagination to life by transforming them into a series of blockbuster movies.
Many say that the 8 movies were the true start of the world's obsession with Harry Potter.
via: IMDBThe wizardry and witchcraft mania that was induced by the books was only exaggerated after the release of the on-screen adaptations which, collectively, grossed around $6.5 billion in total.
The final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise, The Deathly Hallows, was released back in 2007...
via: GettyAnd fans were finally able to discover the fate of Harry Potter and the rest of the wizarding community, something which Rowling has claimed she knew from the very beginning.
Since the end of Harry Potter, the author has embarked upon a handful of sequel projects...
via: GettyIncluding the collaboration on the 2-part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and the hugely successful blockbuster, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
But, putting her world of Hogwarts aside...
via: GettyThe writer is also known for her charitable work.
Many of her recent Harry Potter side projects were done purely for charity...
via: Getty3 of her later projects were in aid of charity - Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them were both in aid of Comic Relief, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard was written in aid of her own children’s charity, Lumos.
The writer actually lost her billionaire status as a result of the money she has donated over the years...
via: GettyAnd, though the exact figure is uncertain, it is commonly known that she has continuously given millions of pounds to various charities and foundations.
So, it has come as no surprise to hear that she has offered a helping hand during the ongoing pandemic.
via: GettyRowling had already come forward to may help the millions of parents struggling with their children during the self-isolation period by releasing an interactive website that gives children a space to embark on a number of educational and stimulating Harry Potter-themed activities.
And it just keeps on getting better and better...
via: Getty ImagesShe has even gone on to announce that the first book of the popular series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, will be read by an all-star line up of celebrities chapter-by-chapter.
And they will then be released to the public via free recordings.
via: Getty ImagesRowling’s Wizarding World announced 7 of the readers for the occasion, including Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, Noma Dumezweni and Eddie Redmayne, with more yet to come.
All seventeen chapters of the book will be released between now and the end of summer.And they will be available on Spotify and the official Harry Potter website, so keep your eyes peeled!
But her most recent announcement has really got us all excited...
Over 10 years ago, I wrote a stand-alone fairy tale called The Ickabog. You can read more about how, why and when… https://t.co/893T1nUkBF— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1590494425.0
She said this:
Over time I came to think of The Ickabog as just for my family. The manuscript went up into the attic, where it rem… https://t.co/2tCTflhEHt— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1590494495.0
This is very exciting news!
The first two chapters of The Ickabog will be going live in a couple of hours time. Whether you read it yourself, o… https://t.co/7IbzB6l1sy— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1590494798.0