Harry Potter author JK Rowling took to her website and her twitter account to announce the release of her new book ‘the Ickabog” amid the corona pandemic. On Tuesday on her twitter handle, she wrote a thread of 13 tweets stating “I have a small announcement, but before I get started, I want to head off one possible source of confusion. THIS IS NOT A HARRY POTTER SPIN-OFF.”
The renowned author revealed that she wrote this stand-alone fairy tale more than a decade ago while writing the Harry Potter books, and wanted to publish it right after the last book of the Potter series ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ but never did it. She kept it for her family and read the book to her kids as bedtime stories.
Further in her tweet she wrote “Over 10 years ago, I wrote a stand-alone fairy tale called The Ickabog…. About The Ickabog The idea for The Ickabog came to me while I was still writing Harry Potter. I wrote most of a first draft in fits and starts between Potter books, intending to publish it after… I always meant to publish it, but after the last Potter was released I wrote two novels for adults and, after some dithering, decided to put those out next. Until very recently, the only people who’d heard the story of The Ickabog were my two younger children.”
Rowling also revealed that over the last few weeks she rewrote some parts of the book and decided to publish it online for free. And the reason to do so is people and children being stuck at home due to the lockdown.
She mentioned the same on her website and also that she will be releasing 1 or 2 (or maybe 3) chapters of ‘The Ickabog” every weekday between 26th May to 10th July. She also made a pledge of donating all the author royalties from ‘The Ickabog’ when published to help people particularly impacted by the pandemic.
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