Rowling to start work on finale in Potter series

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK — J.K. Rowling expects to have a busy new year, “when I write the final book in the Harry Potter series.”

“I contemplate the task with mingled feelings of excitement and dread, because I can’t wait to get started, to tell the final part of the story and, at last, to answer all the questions (Will I ever answer all of the questions? Let’s aim for most of the questions); and yet it will all be over at last and I can’t quite imagine life without Harry,” the British author wrote in a recent posting on her Web site.

The sixth installment of Rowling’s fantasy series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” came out last summer. It has sold more than 10 million copies in the United States alone.

Total worldwide sales of the Harry Potter books top 300 million.

Rowling expects to start on the final book, not yet titled, this month.

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