Writer J.K.Rowling announced on Tuesday, 26, that she will publish a fairy tale who wrote over 10 years on a website, so that children in quarantine or those already returning to school can read during the pandemic.

On Twitter, she warned fans: The Ickabog it is not a Harry Potter spin-off. She explains, however, that she came up with the idea during the writing process of her best-selling series.

The chapters will be published gradually, one or two at a time, on weekdays, and access to them will be free. The first two go live this Tuesday. The latter will be published on July 10.

“Over the course of 10 years I wrote a fairy tale called The Ickabog and until very recently only two people knew this story – my two children “, said the writer on her Twitter profile. She also revealed that the manuscript was kept in her attic until a few weeks ago, when she rescued it and rewrote some parts .

“I decided to offer The Ickabog free of charge so that children at lockdown or even those already back to school in these strange and unsettling times, can read or hear this story,” said Rowling.

“The Ickabog is a story about truth and abuse of power. The idea came to me more than a decade ago, that is, it was not intentionally written as a response to anything that is happening in the world today. The themes are timeless and relate to any weather or country “, explained the author on the website.

On Twitter, Rowling says that the publication, however, is not an e-book. The book, in digital and hardcover versions, will be published in November. And she hopes to have illustrations sent by the children.

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