Rowling Done Writing Latest Potter; Release Date Announced
POSTED: 11:14 pm EST December 20, 2004
UPDATED: 1:15 pm EST December 21, 2004
NEW YORK -- Author J.K. Rowling said she's completed her sixth book about the boy wizard "Harry Potter" and is as "happy as she's ever been" with the result.
Her British and American book publishers, Bloomsbury Publishing and Scholastic Children's Books, respectively, said "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" will be released July 16.
"J.K. Rowling has written a brilliant story that will dazzle her fans in a marvelous book that takes the series to yet greater heights," Bloomsbury chief Nigel Newton and Scholastic president Barbara Marcus said in a joint statement. "'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' delivers all the excitement and wonder of her best-selling Harry Potter novels."
The announcement is not only good news for Harry's legion of fans but for booksellers who've endured another year of slow sales.
Rowling said that one of her characters will not survive her latest work.
Potter himself is safe, at least for now. Rowling has said her teenage hero will survive until the seventh and final book in the series, but has refused to say whether he will reach adulthood.
The first three books, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" have already been adapted into feature films by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film based on the fourth book, "Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire," is in production.
Rowling's last Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," was released in June of 2003.