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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."


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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