Rowling Potter

JK Rowling‘s controversial follow-up to the phenomenally-massive-I-don’t-even-need-to-tell-you Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy, is set to appear on your televisions very soon, as it is currently in the pre-production stages for its own three hour mini series.

The BBC are (predictably) lording over the whole affair, but they’re bringing some slick friends in the form of HBO along for the ride.

Sarah Phelps has already written the adaptation for the screen and Rowling herself is set to produce, albeit executively.

The Casual Vacancy is set in the fictional town of Pagford, which is presumed to be based on the villages of the West Country in England. It follows the very NSFW happenings and revelations among the village following the death of parish councillor Barry Fairbrother.

The novel was Rowling’s first foray into writing for an adult audience, and much like a kid in a candy shop, it sees the novelist show little self restraint when it comes to similarly adult themes, including domestic violence, sex, drug use and class divisions.

While The Casual Vacancy received very mixed reviews upon its release in September 2012, the book was a phenomenal commercial hit, selling more than 125,000 copies in its first week of publication and more than six million copies since then. In fact, it quickly became the fastest-selling hardback in the UK for three years.

Given the sheer volume of explicit material in the novel, we reckon HBO probably jumped at the chance to varnish it with their signature gloss, which at once induces squirm, discomfort and bloodlust in its viewers.

Though the series was first commissioned a mere three months after the book’s initial release, production stalled up until a casting call was released, requesting actors for some of the story’s younger parts.

Back when the news was first announced, Rowling seemed thrilled that The Casual Vacancy would find a home on TV:

“I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home. I’m thrilled that the BBC has commissioned The Casual Vacancy.”

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