By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 17, 2002 01:00 PM

Harry Potter fans are still waiting. And waiting.

On Tuesday in London, the boy wizard’s publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., announced that it still doesn’t have author J.K. Rowling’s manuscript for the fifth adventure, and it’s not known when the book will be released, Reuters reports.

“The publication date of the fifth Harry Potter will be announced after it has been delivered,” Bloomsbury said in a statement, with the additional comment that Rowling’s previous titles are continuing to sell well.

“Joanne is happily writing away,” chairman Nigel Newton confirmed. However, he also said that he had not yet seen any of the fifth Harry Potter book. (Seven Harry titles are planned.)

In May, reported that Scholastic, the American publisher of the new book — to be titled “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” — had told its stockholders that it expected to publish it some time before June 2003.

“Clearly we understand that her readers are eagerly waiting for it but you can’t hurry the creative juices, and we understand that,” Scholastic spokeswoman Judy Corman told The New York Times. “She is writing. She is working hard on the book. We will be happy when we get it.”

The author, meanwhile, has been busy in other areas of her life. Last Dec. 26, after a then-record-setting $90 million opening weekend of the first “Harry Potter” movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Rowling, 36, married Dr. Neil Murray, an anesthesiologist, but their honeymoon was brief. They reportedly both needed to get back to work.