Last night J.K. Rowling spoke at the Bath Literature Festival as the final stop in her Casual Vacancy promotional tour.
Among the highlights of the night was that Rowling ruled out the possibility of writing a Harry Potter prequel. She made clear that she had no plans on writing a prequel of the stories, specifically about the Marauders, because she doesn’t think very much of them. “I’m never going to say never but I have no current plans. I think prequels are not generally very successful,” she said.*
Rowling also spoke about her future plans, reiterating what she said earlier in the Casual Vacancy promotional tour. She is writing a children’s book that is aimed at a ‘slightly’ younger audience than Harry Potter. She says it will be shorter, but she’s not done writing it yet. In a letter to fans who gave her notes/presents during the first promotional tour stops, she said that she will be on the promotional tour soon enough. Could this mean we’ll be getting a new J.K. Rowling book this year? We think that there will be an announcement, at the very least.
Rowling was accompanied in conversation with fellow author and close friend James Runcie and with him discussed the themes of The Casual Vacancy and her personal life.
From The Independent:
She talked about her first sexual experience (a “French kiss at a youth club disco” with a boy much older than her 12-year-old self), her writing habits (“I’m really good at writing in the front passenger seat with the three children and the dog in the back”), and the phenomenal reception of the Harry Potter series which she likened to “Beatlemania”. Her own adolescence partly inspired the teenage characters in her first adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, she added, as well as her former job as a teacher.
Unfortunately we were not there at the event, but did enjoy seeing fans’ understandably overly-excited tweets/ euphoric Tumblr posts about their experiences!
*quote is from The Independent