6 Amazing J.K. Rowling Books Outside the World of Harry Potter

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J.K. Rowling will forever be known known for creating the amazing world of Harry Potter. In addition to writing about Harry, Ron and Hermione, etc., in the seven HP books, she also told stories about the crew in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, and more. But the 51-year-old author is perfectly capable of bringing other fictional worlds to life, too.

For all of those fans of J.K. Rowling who want to see another side of the queen, we’re happy to tell you she’s penned quite a few other books that have nothing to do with magic. Whether you’re into murder mysteries, inspirational stories, or emotional dramas, chances are the British woman has written something that will appeal to you. Check out Jo’s amazing novels that are NOT part of the Harry Potter universe below!


The Casual Vacancy

Adapted for television in 2015 by BBC and HBO, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel aimed toward adults. The story follows the residents of Pagford in the aftermath of the shocking death of Barry Fairbrother. Wars between the rich and the poor, teenagers and their parents, and teachers and their students take place, but Barry's empty seat on the parish council starts the biggest war of them all.

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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination

In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a one-of-kind commencement speech at Harvard University, now readable in the form of Very Good Lives, the book.

In the speech/paperback, the author asks readers how they can embrace failure, something that she personally had to figure out. This bad boy is an inspiration read that we HIGHLY recommend every person, not just college graduates, read sooner than later.

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The Cuckoo's Calling

The Cormoran Strike series was penned by Jo under the pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. The first book, The Cuckoo's Calling, was released in 2013 and tells the story of Detective Cormoran Strike after he loses his leg in Afghanistan. The man is barely getting by as a private investigator and is in debt up to his ears, that is, until John Bristow comes to him with the case of his missing and supermodel sister, Lula Landry. The more he digs into the disappearance, the closer to danger he gets.

While J.K. isn't, by any means, known as a crime author, she absolutely NAILED this book.

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The Silkworm

In the second book of the Cormoran Strike series, Detective Strike finds out there is more to the disappearance of novelist Owen Quine than his wife thought. Basically everyone is a suspect, thanks to the writer's recent manuscript that is super controversial. Not many sequels can live up to the OG book's success, but this one was the perfect addition to a great series.

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Career of Evil

Robert Galbraith's third book in the Cormoran Strike series continues the detective's journey, but this time he isn't alone — he has an assistant, Robin Ellacott. When the woman receives a strange and startling package containing the severed leg of a woman, she can the detective must work hard to try to solve the mystery of who was murdered, and why.

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Lethal White

Lethal White will be the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series. There is currently no information on what mystery Detective Strike will have to solve this time, but it's expected to be published in late 2017 or early 2018!

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