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J. K. Rowling considering return to Harry Potter series

27th September 2012

As her eagerly anticipated first adult novel The Casual Vacancy lands on bookstore shelves, J. K. Rowling has revealed she may return to the wizarding world of Harry Potter to flesh out two of the books that she deems to be 'unfinished'.

Almost 500 million copies of the seven books in the main Harry Potter series have been sold since 1997 but in spite of this tremendous success, Rowling revealed to the BBC that more than one title could have benefitted from added content and greater refinement.

'There were a couple of the Potters and I definitely knew that they needed another year. I had to write on the run and there were times when it was really tough,' she explained.

'I read them and I think "Oh God, maybe I'll go back and do a director's cut", I don't know.'

The Pottermore website, launched in June 2011 as a virtual accompaniment to the Harry Potter books, was initially intended to flesh out the backstories of some of the minor characters in the series, though Rowling indicated this will probably be more successful if incorporated into a full book.

She explained it is often difficult for people to understand how much pressure writers are under when a series becomes successful and the thirst for further instalments among the public and publishing industry is insatiable.

'But you know what, I'm proud I was writing under the conditions under which I was writing; no one will ever know how tough it was at times,' she added.

It is now five years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Rowling said the breathing space this has provided meant she could write The Casual Vacancy on her terms.

'I like it and, if you can say that, however nervous you are on publication day, you're streets ahead of the game,' she explained.

'Because to put out something you're not that happy with or that you think "God, I wish I'd had another year to rework it" - and I have been in that position - is very different.'

Regardless of the success of The Casual Vacancy, which received more than one million pre-orders, Rowling revealed her next original book may not necessarily be aimed at the adult market.

'I have a children's book that I really like. It's for slightly younger children than the Potter books,' she elaborated.

'I think it very likely that the next thing I publish will be for kids.'

© W&G Foyle Ltd