Rowling Already Hashing Out 'Harry 6'
As the clock ticks away until Saturday’s arrival of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” its author, J.K. Rowling, is already typing away on the next one — already tagged “Harry 6” — her British publisher, Bloomsbury, announced Friday.
No deadline has been set for the next book, reports Reuters.
Bloomsbury Chairman Nigel Newton says in a statement that he was “delighted” with the response to “Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth book in the successful series — which is expected to become the fastest-selling and most profitable book of all time.
In its review of “Order of the Phoenix,” published Friday, the Associated Press, applauds the book’s scope and says the much-delayed, 870-page tome is a “deeply satisfying … rich feast” that “was worth the wait. And then some.”
By Saturday night, Rowling, 37, will reportedly be $50 million richer than she was on Friday. All told, 8.5 million copies of “Order of the Phoenix” will be ready to meet this weekend’s demand, and the Scottish-born Rowling, whose fortune is already estimated to be greater than Queen Elizabeth’s, will probably make another $85 million from “Phoenix” — bringing her total earnings from her books and their spin-offs to $577 million, according to educated estimates.
The first four “Potter” books have sold almost 200 million copies in 55 languages and 200 countries.
Rowling plans to write a total of seven books about the adventures of Harry and his friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardary — and, as always, the future editions will be cloaked in secrecy.
Regarding the secrecy surrounding the plot of “Phoenix,” Rowling tells the BBC: “One could be cynical … and say it was a marketing ploy, but I don’t want the kids to know what’s coming, because that’s part of the excitement of the story.”
She added: “And having sweated blood over my red herrings and to lay all my clues … it’s a very important part of my life.”