Fantasy and fairy tale to crime fiction under the pen name of Robert Galbraith
She’s most famous as the creator of Harry Potter and the seven books that chronicle the boy wizard and his life at Hogwarts but J.K. Rowling has written a lot more. Her birthday – and also Harry Potter’s -- is just the right occasion for Potter fans to discover Rowling’s other works aimed at children and also for adults.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Remember Harry Potter defeating the Basilisk, or taking a ride with Buckbeak, the Hippogriff? Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an opportunity to discover these fantastic creatures through the eyes of magizoologist Newt Scamander. Scamander’s textbook on magical creatures is one of the best textbooks in the wizarding world and studied at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The Casual Vacancy
The Casual Vacancy is a novel set in the small town of Pagford where the election to the Parish Council is under way. When Barry Fairbrother dies, there’s a vacant seat in the Parish Council, which brings the residents of the quiet town to the throes of war. Rowling’s first novel for adults highlights the underbelly of small-town English society.
Rowling’s second novel for children is a fairy tale that makes the reader question the existence of myths and their influence on the people living in the happy kingdom of Cornucopia. Ickabog is a mythical monster named to scare little children to behave. But can a myth become powerful enough to bring the downfall of a kingdom and dethrone its king? This is yet another magical adventure from Rowling that she had written long ago but didn’t publish, only to come back to it when the lockdown began in 2020.
Very Good Lives
Rowling’s literary journey has been no less magical. A manuscript once rejected by multiple publishers, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone went on to become the most loved children’s book of all time. Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination is the book form of Rowling’s deeply moving commencement speech at Harvard University in 2008, where she draws upon this and other experiences to question the significance of failure and the role of imagination.
The Cormoran Strike series: 5 novels
Cormoran Strike is a detective and the protagonist of a five-novel series that Rowling wrote under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. The series is made up of The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil, Lethal White and Troubled Blood.
Rowling’s Strike is a war veteran living with physical and psychological wounds and working as a private investigator, with Robin Ellacott as his assistant.
In The Cuckoo’s Calling, where Strike is introduced, he is approached to investigate the case of a model who is assumed to have committed suicide.
The Silkworm revolves around the disappearance of a novelist, Owen Quine, and Strike has to dip into Quine’s latest novel for clues to the lives of the rich and influential, which in turn makes him a target.
Career of Evil begins with Ellacott receiving a gruesome package containing a severed leg, which sets Strike off on a mission to find an attacker who goes by the name of the Shacklewell Ripper.
In Lethal White, Ellacott has become Strike’s partner in his investigative firm. Their fourth case is from a young man who wants them to investigate what he thinks was a crime that he had witnessed as a child.
In Troubled Blood, the last in the series till now, Strike is approached by a woman to track down her mother who went missing 40 years ago.
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