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J.K. Rowling: Your life after the "Harry Potter" novels

She would have enough money to retire. But Joanne K. Rowling still has some plans.

Cormoran Strike will certainly not be able to avoid Harry Potter, but the unusual investigator has already won many fans. No wonder: the two characters have the same creator: Joanne K. Rowling, 50. Under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, she has already published three thrillers with Strike: "The Call of the Cuckoo", "The Silkworm" and "The Harvest of Evil "(Blanvalet, 672 pages, 22.99 euros).

The latter has just appeared in German: Robin Ellacott, Strike's assistant, is in mortal danger. A mysterious package sent to Strike's detective agency on her name contains a severed woman's leg. Strike comes across four people from his own past whom he would trust to do such a thing. While the police are following a lead that is not very promising for the investigator, he and Robin follow the trail of the other men. And with Strike they all still have one or the other bill open. Incidentally, the reader also learns more about his past. And how does Cormoran feel about Robin? This question is also given a completely new significance in the third part.

Rowling's books based on Harry Potter

"I always write a book. That's my thing," the author just announced again on Twitter. Crime fans can look forward to more strike cases. She could even imagine that it would end up being more volumes than Harry Potter, she said of the series. Strike should also get its own TV series. Rowling had previously published the novel "A Sudden Death" under her real name.

"Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them"

Rowling has also published additional reading for her "Harry Potter" books: "The Fairy Tales of Beedle the Bard", "Quidditch through the Ages" and "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". The latter work now forms the basis for a film trilogy, the first part of which opens in cinemas in November. With the film by director David Yates, Rowling makes her debut as a screenwriter. The "Harry Potter" spin-off is said to take place around 70 years before the events at Hogwarts. The magician Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, makes New York unsafe in it.

Theater and "Harry Potter 8"

Rowling not only writes for Hollywood, but also for the theater. The first regular sequel to the "Harry Potter" story comes on stage: "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will be a two-part play by Jack Thorne based on a story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany based. The world premiere is scheduled for July 30, 2016 at the Palace Theater in the West End - and the script will appear in book form one day later. Which of course caused great excitement among the fans: just the pre-orders were enough to catapult the new work onto the bestseller lists.

"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" takes place 19 years after the last "Potter" novel: Harry is a member of the Ministry of Magic and struggles with the workload and duties of husband and father of three school-age children. Even his youngest son, Albus Severus Potter, has a tough time with his family's legacy. Harry's past and Albus' present merge ...

Pottermore and Twitter

That there is news from Harry Potter in book form was of course announced on Pottermore. J. K. Rowling's website aims to offer a "unique online reading experience" - including a sales platform for e-books and audiobooks for the magician's apprentice novels. Rowling also published additional short stories from the Potter universe here. The author is also active on Twitter and maintains contact with her fans: For example, she recently made it clear on the short message service that "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" will not be another novel about the famous wizard, but rather a copy of the play .


When Rowling was completing her first Harry Potter book, she was living on welfare as a single mother. In 2004, according to Forbes, she became the first person to become a dollar billionaire by writing books. Rowling had always denied that she had that much money. Of course, she is rich anyway - and also uses it to help other people. She donated millions, among other things, to fight poverty or to support single parents. Rowling is also president of the Scottish Multiple Sclerosis Society and donated money to research and cure the disease from which her mother died.

Wife and mother

Rowling was briefly married to the Portuguese journalist Jorge Arantes in the early 1990s. Together they have their 22-year-old daughter Jessica. Shortly after their birth, however, the couple separated and Rowling went back to Edinburgh with the young child. In December 2001 she married the anesthetist Neil Michael Murray. Their daughter Mackenzie is eleven years old and their son David is twelve years old.