Rowling: 'Very Likely' Her Next Book 'Will Be for Kids'

"I think it very likely that the next thing I publish will be for kids," said J.K. Rowling in an interview with BBC arts editor Will Gompertz to help publicize today's release of The Casual Vacancy, her new novel for adults. "I have a children's book that I really like, it's for slightly younger children than the Potter books, and I think probably the next thing will be for children. I loved writing for kids, I loved talking to children about what I'd written, I don't want to leave that behind. But I wanted to write this as well."

During the interview, Rowling also acknowledged that bidding farewell to the world of Harry Potter had been difficult, but she remained open to the very slight possibility of returning there. "It was murder saying goodbye, but I truly... where Harry's story is concerned, I'm done," she said. "Now, if I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world--because I loved writing it, I would do it. But I've got to have a great idea. I don't want to go mechanically back into that world and pick up a load of odds and ends and glue them together and say, Here we go. We can sell this.... It would make a mockery of what those books were to me."

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