"Harry Potter" fans, rejoice: J.K. Rowling is writing a new children's book now

In a rare interview, the author also revealed one of her biggest writing-related anxieties

Published November 3, 2015 7:08PM (EST)

J.K. Rowling  (Dan Hallman/invision/ap)
J.K. Rowling (Dan Hallman/invision/ap)

In a rare and revealing new interview, J.K. Rowling confirmed that she is in the midst of writing a new children’s book, her first return to the genre since “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows” hit shelves in 2007.

"I have written part of a children's book that I really love, so I'm definitely going to finish that,” she told BBC Radio 2, adding that she plans to write more novels under her own name. "I have ideas for other adult books. I sometimes worry I'll die before I've written them all out. That's my mid-life crisis.” (Get this woman a time turner, stat!)

In the past few years, Rowling has written a number of adult novels, including the “Cormoran Strike” series under the pen name Robert Galbraith and “The Casual Vacancy” under her own byline, in addition to penning a Harry Potter stage play and a “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” screenplay. But while both of her adult writing ventures garnered serious attention, a return to children’s lit is a big deal, especially for those who have long hoped that Rowling would revisit the Harry Potter universe.

While Rowling did not confirm or deny that the book would be wizard-related, she did speak a little bit about her forthcoming “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” stage play, a sequel to the books about Harry Potter, who now works at the Ministry of Magic, and his son Albus Severus Potter.

"I always said, I'm not going to say 'Never' [to another Potter story] because there were things I had in my head,” she explained. "I personally had no particular desire to write it as a novel for reasons that I think will become clear when people see the play."

Check out the full interview over at the BBC.

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