Harry Potter author JK Rowling publishes new fantasy story online for free

Carla Harmon
May 29, 2020

Despite intending to publish the story after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Rowling stepped away from children's books for a while, leaving the first draft of The Ickabog to gather dust in her attic. Rowling says that the story is meant for kids 7-9 years-old, and it should be read out loud-a nice, light, family story. "Until very recently, the only people who'd heard the story of The Ickabog were my two younger children", she shared.

"The Ickabog" is her first children's story not to be linked to "Harry Potter".

"The Ickabog will be published for free on this website, in instalments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or three), at a time", Rowling explained. She had originally planned to release it after The Deathly Hallows, but eventually it ended up in storage and she hadn't made a decision to bring it up until now.


"For the last few weeks I've been immersed in a fictional world I thought I'd never enter again".

The author added that she would like children to illustrate the book for her, writing: "I'll be suggesting ideas for pictures as we go, but nobody should feel constrained by my ideas".

"There will be suggestions about the illustrations we might need for each chapter on "The Ickabog" website, but nobody should feel constrained by these ideas". This was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my writing life, as The Ickabog's first two readers told me what they remember from when they were tiny, and demanded the reinstatement of bits they'd particularly liked (I obeyed).


Announcing the financial contribution - which will be split between the Crisis and Refuge charities - Rowling said the money would go towards helping some of those hit hardest by the outbreak and the impact of the lockdown. If you are between the ages of 7-12, you can submit those drawings to the official competition for a chance to be featured in The Ickabog book, slated to be published in November.

"I want to see imaginations run wild!" she wrote. The competition is already open to residents from Canada and the United States, as well as residents from Australia, India, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, and the United Kingdom. "Whether you read it yourself, or have it read to you, I hope you enjoy it".

The best part is that it's free to read online.


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