By THEA TRACHTENBERG and LAUREN SHER
J.K. Rowling’s new novel is called The Casual Vacancy, but it might as well be called Great Expectations. It’s been five years since the last blockbuster Harry Potter book was released and millions of fans around the world have been anxiously anticipating Rowling’s next book.
“I’ve written other things during that time, but on and off for five years, that’s been my priority,” Rowling, 47, said in an exclusive and rare interview for television with “Nightline” co-anchor Cynthia McFadden in Edinburgh, Scotland. “I think I’ve been surprised by the fact that Harry hasn’t left me to the degree that I thought he would. And I’m quite glad about that.”
Rowling’s Potter books have been published in 73 languages, sold more than 450 million copies, spawned popular film spin-offs, and made her the first billionaire author.