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Rowling wants to write series 'longer than Harry Potter'

JK Rowling has revealed plans to create a series that will run for longer than her seven Harry Potter books.

The author said she hoped to write "more than" seven crime thrillers about the detective Cormoran Strike who has featured in her previous two novels.

JK Rowling said she had always been a huge fan of crime thrillers. Credit: PA

"It's pretty open ended. I really love writing, so I don't know that I've got an end point in mind," Rowling said at the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival.

"One of the things I love about this genre is unlike Harry Potter, where there was a through line, where there was an overarching story, a beginning and end, you are talking about discreet stories. So while a detective lives, you can keep giving him cases.

"I had known for a long time that I had this character in my mind, and that I wanted to write a detective series and part of me hoped that I might be able to keep it long enough, kept the story going long enough to establish a series."

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Police Scotland 'probe online abuse of JK Rowling'

Police Scotland are reportedly considering investigating online abuse of Harry Potter author JK Rowling.

She came under fire from Twitter users after donating £1 million to the 'No' campaign in the Scottish independence referendum, as well as writing an essay defending her views.

JK Rowling was subjected to abuse after voicing her support for the 'No' campaign. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The BBC reports a police spokesman said this evening: "Police Scotland will consider any complaint about online abuse seriously and will investigate as appropriate."

Charity claims Twitter hack over JK Rowling slur

An Edinburgh-based charity linked to a tweet criticising JK Rowling after she donated £1 million to the No to Scottish independence campaign said its account was hacked.

The Harry Potter author pledged support for the Better Together camp and wrote a blog detailing "serious risks" of independence.

Criticism of the author quickly flooded Twitter. Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Criticism of the author quickly flooded Twitter, with one tweet from Edinburgh-based charity the Dignity Project reading: "What a #bitch after we gave her shelter in our city when she was a single mum."

However the Dignity Project, which describes itself as an African Child Education Programme, said it was not behind the tweet, which remains on its account.

Its website stated:"The Dignity Project has had its Twitter account hacked.

"We are not responsible for any tweets that have been sent."

JK Rowling: Worry at Yes campaigns 'denial of risks'

Speaking on her website about her decision to donate £1 million to a keep Scotland in the United Kingdom campaign, JK Rowling said:

My hesitance at embracing independence has nothing to do with lack of belief in Scotland's remarkable people or its achievements.

The simple truth is that Scotland is subject to the same 21st century pressures as the rest of the world.

The more I listen to the Yes campaign, the more I worry about its minimisation and even denial of risks.

I wanted to write this because I always prefer to explain in my own words why I am supporting a cause and it will be made public shortly that I've made a substantial donation to the Better Together campaign.

– JK Rowling

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JK Rowling opens up about mother's MS suffering

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has said it is "painful" to know that her mother never knew about her writing success.

Rowling said she was beset with "guilt and worry and anxiety" when her mother Anne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease which led to her death in 1990.

JK Rowling at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Speaking on Radio 4's Woman's House, she said she regretted her mother not being around to see the books become bestsellers.

"She never knew about Harry Potter - I started writing it six months before she died, so that is painful. I wish she'd known."

JK Rowling to write match reports for Quidditch

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling is turning sports writer to pen a series of match reports from the fictional Quidditch World Cup.

The writer's fans will be able to read regular updates from the tournament, which first featured in her books about the teenage wizard, on the Pottermore website.

JK Rowling to write match reports for the fictional Quidditch World Cup Credit: PA

Quidditch - a fictional sport played by the student wizards on flying broomsticks in the best-selling books - is so popular with fans that they have adapted a version of the game that can really be played. Characters from the books are expected to feature in the reports.

JK Rowling to publish second crime novel

JK Rowling published her first crime novel under a pseudonym Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

JK Rowling will publish her second crime novel this summer.

'The Silkworm' sees private detective Cormoran Strike hunting the murderer of a novelist.

It is due to be published on June 19.

Harry and Hermione should have wed, JK Rowling says

JK Rowling has admitted what many Harry Potter fans have long suspected - lead characters Harry Potter and Hermione Granger should have ended up together.

A missed opportunity? Hermione and Harry should have got together, JK Rowling says Credit: PA

Granting a rare interview to Wonderland magazine, the author spoke candidly to Emma Watson, the actress who played Hermione, who was also guest editing the publication.

In an extract from this week's issue, printed in The Sunday Times (£), the author said:

"I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfilment. That’s how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione ended up with Ron.”

She went on: "I know, I’m sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if I’m absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility."

Rowling even suggested that Hermione and Ron Weasley would have ended up in relationship counselling.

“Am I breaking people’s hearts by saying this? I hope not,” Rowling added.

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