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LOOK: This is The Cover of J.K. Rowling's Next Book

LOOK: This is The Cover of J.K. Rowling's Next Book

By Brandon Specktor

Yep, here it is! All red and yellow and minimalistic. Let's spend a minute together, taking it in.

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Okay, enough of that. Let's gab.

Previous press releases and interviews have already revealed a few things about JKR's upcoming novel, The Casual Vacancy. We know it's a novel "for adults," but not in the same way that 50 Shades of Grey is "for adults" with a parenthetical "horny" wedged in there.

We also know it's 512 pages long, and currently scheduled for a September 27 release. We know the story is set in a small, idyllic town called Pagford, England, where an unfortunate character probably not named Albus dies in the first few pages and leaves a vacancy on the town's coveted parish council. And we know that the action, conflict, and dubious town politics will all coalesce around that vacancy, until things between neighbors ain't so casual in Pagford no more. But what new information does the cover provide us?

Not a lot, actually. Unlike the gorgeous, action-packed Harry Potter cover illustrations by Mary GrandPre, this simplistic design invokes classics like Catcher in the Rye, giving us one little (but important!) image to pour over. In this case, that essential image is a ballot box, slashed through with a lopsided, almost violently scried X. Someone is serious about their democracy.

That angry X coupled with the red backdrop sets a pretty clear tone for the novel, don'tcha think? Under the surface of casual democracy, violent trouble's a-brewin'. That's enough to get us amped—which I guess means the cover is doing it's job.

But what do you think, Litheads? Are you stoked? Can you glean anything from the art that we missed?

Tags: harry potter, books, book covers, jk rowling, books-and-comics, the casual vacancy

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Brandon Specktor

For 22 years, Brandon was a fat kid living in Tucson, AZ, which gave him lots and lots of time to write. He now works at a magazine in New York City, but still loves writing almost as much as he loves muffins.

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