It’s been 5 years since J.K. Rowling published the last ‘Harry Potter’ book and her fans have been chomping at the bit waiting to see what she’ll write next. Well, it looks like the wait is over as it is being reported that Rowling’s next novel will be aimed at adults.

In a press release from Little, Brown Book Group and Little, Brown and Company, Rowling said:

“Although I’ve enjoyed writing it every bit as much, my next book will be very different to the Harry Potter series…. 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.”

This new book will be the first with the publishing company Little, Brown and Company which is rumored to have exclusivity to her work.  “She is one of the best storytellers in the world,” said Little, Brown Publisher David Shelley who will also be editing the novel. “…I am looking forward enormously to helping bring her new novel for adults to her fans and admirers, and to introducing her writing to new readers the world over.”

No details about the book have been given nor a publication date but it was said that this information will be given later in the year.

Rowling has no doubt been proven to be a money maker but it will be interesting to see if her appeal will continue into the adult fare. Since no indication of what her book will be about, we can’t even say if she will be writing in the same genre as ‘Harry Potter’ but for adults. What can be said is that film rights will probably be negotiated rather quickly once the theme of the novel is revealed.

So, would you still read a novel by Rowling even though Harry et al are not featured?