'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling wrote a secret book that she ingeniously hid in plain sightBusiness Business Insider
J.K. Rowling has written another children's book.
In an interview with CNN, Rowling said she was working on a politically-minded "fairy tale." Rowling said she may never publish it. But part of it has already been revealed to the world: in the form of a dress she wore.
Rowling said she scrawled a portion of the story onto a dress she wore at her birthday party. She had a themed birthday party on Halloween, even though her birthday is July 31.
"The theme of my 50th birthday ... was come as your own private nightmare," Rowling said. "And I went as a lost manuscript."
Photos of the dress were not immediately available.
To fulfill the theme, Rowling took one of her dresses and wrote part of a "fairy tale" story she's previously written.
"I wrote over a dress most of that book," Rowling said. "So that book, I don't know whether it will ever be published, but it's actually hanging in a wardrobe currently."
Rowling has also spoken about the "fairy tale" before. She first mentioned it as a potential post-"Harry Potter" project, but published "The Casual Vacancy" instead. A year ago, she said on Twitter that she wasn't happy with the manuscript and it was "in a drawer."
Rowling hasn't come out with a book aimed at children since the last "Harry Potter" novel, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," in 2007, and "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," a short companion book, a year later. She's also published three "Cormoran Strike" novels aimed at adults. The first one she wrote in secret, and publishes the series under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
Right now, Rowling is working on at least four sequels to "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," a "Harry Potter" spinoff movie series. And as she told to CNN, she's raising money for her charity Lumos, which promotes the end of institutionalizing children.
In the interview, Rowling said she felt strongly about the voicelessness and powerlessness of children in orphanages. She likened it to Harry Potter living in a cupboard in the Dursley home.
"This is my fear, being trapped and being powerless, just powerless to get out of that space," Rowling said.