Fifth Cormoran Strike novel draft is now complete

J.K. Rowling is one busy woman at the moment. She’s just finished the draft of her fifth Cormoran Strike novel, under her pen name Robert Galbraith.

If you’ve been waiting for the fifth Cormoran Strike novel, you’re in some luck. J.K. Rowling has finished the draft.

We’ve known for some time that there was going to be a fifth book in the series, about an Army vet-turned-private detective and his secretary-turned-partner. Just earlier this month, Rowling shared that she had almost finished with the writing, and now she’s confirmed that it is done.

However, just because the novel writing is finished doesn’t mean it’s going to be published any time soon. There is a big process when a writer states “done,” which is something Outlander author, Diana Gabaldon, has recently touched on.

That all being said, we are much closer to publication. The first three books in the series were released once a year, but it took three years for the fourth novel to hit shelves. That was in 2018, and we wondered if we would need to wait until 2021 for the fifth novel, but there is a chance we’ll get it sometime this year.

This year would be perfect. Fantastic Beasts 3 isn’t coming until November 2021, so Rowling fans will have something to look forward to while they wait for the newest movie.

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These Cormoran Strike novels remain under Rowling’s pen name, Robert Galbraith. She’d originally used it to put her books out without the Harry Potter legacy over them, but the pen name was leaked against her will—although she always knew it would eventually come out. Now she keeps the pen name to keep the book series separate to the world of Harry Potter as the material is vastly different.

Stay tuned with Wizards and Whatnot for updates on when the fifth Cormoran Strike novel will be released.