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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/23/2012

J.K. Rowling to write first adult novel

Harry Potter has grown up, and so have J.K. Rowling’s readers. The author of the mega best-seller announced Thursday morning that she has an agreement with Little, Brown for her first adult novel. The title, release date and details of the novel will be announced later this year.
British writer J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series of books. (Suzanne Plunkett - Reuters)

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series, which has been published so brilliantly by Bloomsbury and my other publishers around the world,” Rowling said in a statement. “The freedom to explore new territory is a gift that Harry’s success has brought me, and with that new territory it seemed a logical progression to have a new publisher. I am delighted to have a second publishing home in Little, Brown, and a publishing team that will be a great partner in this new phase of my writing life.”

The “Harry Potter” books became the fastest-selling in history, and the series has been translated into more than 70 languages. Rowling has expanded the brand into an amusement park and Web site, Pottermore. Fans who have followed Rowling since the first book, which was released in 1998, are college-age and older, and they’re ready for something a little more-grown-up, while remaining doggedly loyal to the author. Reactions on Twitter have been overwhelmingly positive. Here are a few:

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