J.K. Rowling is delving back into another magical world for a good cause! The Harry Potter scribe took to Twitter on Tuesday to make an exciting announcement about a new fairy tale she's planning to release.
From the get-go, Rowling was very clear, writing in all caps, "THIS IS NOT A HARRY POTTER SPIN-OFF."
"Over 10 years ago, I wrote a stand-alone fairy tale called The Ickabog," Rowling began, linking to more details on the piece. "I always meant to publish it, but after the last Potter was released I wrote two novels for adults and, after some dithering, decided to put those out next. Until very recently, the only people who’d heard the story of The Ickabog were my two younger children."
Over 10 years ago, I wrote a stand-alone fairy tale called— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 26, 2020
The Ickabog. You can read more about how, why and
when The Ickabog was written at https://t.co/MgH9NZnSAS
Rowling went on to note that she ended up feeling that the story was "just for family" and put the manuscript in the attic, showing a photo of the box.
"Opening the box was like opening a time capsule. Most of the story was handwritten, but bits had been typed up. When I put it into some kind of order (I'm not renowned for my filing skills) I had a patchwork first draft," the British author explained. "Over the last few weeks I’ve done a bit of rewriting and I’ve decided to publish the Ickabog for free online, so children on lock down, or even those back at school during these strange, unsettling times, can read it or have it read to them."
As for the premise of the fairy tale, Rowling described, "The Ickabog is a story about truth and the abuse of power. To forestall one obvious question: the idea came to me well over a decade ago, so it isn’t intended to be read as a response to anything that’s happening in the world right now. The themes are timeless and could apply to any era or any country."
Over time I came to think of The Ickabog as just for my family. The manuscript went up into the attic, where it remained until a few weeks ago.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 26, 2020
This is the very dusty box I got down from the attic.
(It's a Net-A-Porter box and might well have held a premiere dress.)