Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has opened the door to the possibility of a new book about the boy wizard -- but only if she manages to conjure up "a fabulous idea."
Rowling told a BBC interviewer on the eve of publication of her new book, "The Casual Vacancy," that she is at the point in her career where she doesn't have to write "just to make money." As a result, she says, she can focus on creating something for her own growth and enjoyment as a writer, and for her readers.
Rowling said she would be willing to revisit the Harry Potter series -- whose success has made her one of the world's richest women -- if she came up with a plot that met those criteria.
"Harry Potter truly liberated me in the sense that there's only one reason to write, for me -- if I genuinely have something I want to say, and I want to publish it," she told the BBC. And she added: "Now if I had a fabulous idea that came out of that world -- because I loved writing it -- I'd do it."
Such a decision would no doubt be welcome news to the legion of Rowling fans around the globe. The publishing industry would welcome it as well: Rowling's books helped transform young adult literature because the tomes spoke to kids, not down to them.