J.K. Rowling Says Serialized New Book ‘The Ickabog’ Unrelated To ‘Harry Potter’

J.K. Rowling has announced plans to publish her new book, The Ickabog, chapter by chapter on the internet through July.

In a blog post and corresponding Twitter thread on Tuesday, she emphasized is unrelated to the Harry Potter series and said her royalties will be donated to fund COVID-19 relief.

Rowling said the new book is called The Ickabog. It will be published in serialized form, with one or more chapters posting each weekday on a dedicated website, today through July 10.

Rowling said she will donate her author royalties from the published books to “projects and organizations helping the groups most impacted by COVID-19.” She promised more details about benficiaries soon. In addition, she said children would be invited to submit illustrations for the work.

The idea for The Ickabog came to Rowling, she recalled, while she was finishing the Potter series. She wound up shelving it during a five-year break from publishing. She didn’t reveal plot details in her initial tease, but said it is “suitable” to be read aloud by 7-to-9-year-olds and “lends itself” to serialized storytelling.

The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power,” Rowling wrote. “To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn’t intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now. The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country.”

Until recently, she added, “the only people who’d heard the story of The Ickabog were my two younger children.”

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