J.K. Rowling is releasing her first children’s novel since the Harry Potter books.
The award-winning author, who grew up in Gloucestershire, has announced that she will be releasing a new children’s novel, The Christmas Pig, in October 2021.
The book will be her first children’s novel since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Her last story, The Ickabog, was serialised online for free for children in lockdown, then published with all the royalties going to the author’s charitable trust Volant, which aims to help vulnerable groups impacted by the pandemic.
Rowling’s new novel, The Christmas Pig follows Jack and his childhood toy Dur Pig, or DP for short, who becomes lost one Christmas Eve. But on a night when all things come to life, even toys, Jack’s newest toy — the Christmas Pig, who is DP’s annoying replacement — has a daring plan which involves them embarking on a magical journey to seek something lost and save the only best friend Jack has ever known.
It is not yet known whether The Christmas Pig will feature any references to Gloucestershire like the Harry Potter series, but fans won’t have long to wait as J.K. Rowling’s new children’s novel will be released on Tuesday 12 October 2021.