Is Book 5 Done?
An original editorial by Russ Ullman
I have no proof, no smoking gun. I have only the multitude of news stories
and interviews to pose my opinion that J.K. has finished book 5 and is sitting
on the manuscript. She is waiting for the auction to conclude to see what the
final tally is before she releases book 5 to Bloomsbury.
Let's start with the fact she admits all seven books were outlined. This
gives her the basis to complete each edition in relatively timely order.
J.K. is already nearly two years behind from her initial date she told
Bloomsbury it would get the manuscript. The first four books were
published in years 1997, 1999, 1999, 2000. That would have made book 5
a 2001, possibly 2002, publish date. If this is the case, then book 5,
which is now supposed to be a hair longer than Goblet of Fire could
have been done this past summer. We are now looking at 2003 for book 5.
Now getting married can throw things in turmoil. But a good husband would
have kept her focused to finish it. Newlyweds or not.
It has been intimated that the lawsuits she was embroiled in caused her to
delay book 5. Someone of her stature should have lawyers and other staff
people to shield her from that and involve her only when it became necessary.
J.K. says book 5 is done, but she is fine-tuning it. Unless she is doing
complete rewrites of several chapters, isn't fine-tuning what her publishers
are supposed to do?
Lastly, this auction with Sotheby is the most compelling argument that the
book is actually done. Why now? Why only 93 random words? This card with
signature could have been put up any time while she wrote the book.
I love the Harry Potter series. They are a wonderful, moral-based, good versus evil group of books, but it is my opinion that J.K. is trying to prove how
much she controls Harry Potter by delaying giving Bloomsbury the manuscript.
Now I am going to predict that book 6 will be really late. New babies tend
to occupy your time a lot. My best guess is 2005 for book 6.