J.K. Rowling announced Friday that she has more than seven books planned for the Cormoran Strike series, surpassing the Harry Potter series.
Scottish crime novelist Val McDermid interviewed the Harry Potter author -- who is writing under the pen name Robert Galbraith for her latest series -- during the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at the Royal Hall in London, where she revealed that not only has she already planned more than seven books for Cormoran Strike, but she is also halfway through writing the third book in the series, according to The Crime Vault twitter.
— The Crime Vault (@TheCrimeVault) July 18, 2014
Rowling said the third novel will be centered around the experience of returning soldiers. The title character, Cormoran Strike, is an Afghanistan veteran-turned-detective.
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The first book in the crime series, "The Cuckoo’s Calling," was published in April 2013 under the Galbraith pseudonym, and it wasn’t until July the same year that the Sunday Times leaked Rowling as the author. The second book in the series, "The Silkworm," was released this June.
As if to upset Potter fans even further, Rowling also said she thinks Cormoran Strike's major female character is more lovable than any other character she's every written.
JK Rowling thinks Robin Ellacott is the most loveable character she's ever written, including everyone in Harry Potter! #TOPCRIME2014
— Vicki Watson (@vixadelic) July 18, 2014
There is still no date nor additional information for the next Cormoran Strike novel.