J.K. Rowling completes new book

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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has written a new book! Before you get too excited, you should know that unless you have at least $62,000 to spare - or are good friends with Rowling - you won't be getting a copy. Only seven copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be printed, with one going to charity and the others given to friends.

Harry Potter readers will recognize the title from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where the book is mentioned as a gift from Albus Dumbledore to Hermione. In a statement, Rowling says of the book, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard is really a distillation of the themes found in the Harry Potter books, and writing it has been the most wonderful way to say goodbye to a world I have loved and lived in for 17 years."

The book is an illustrated collection of magical fairy stories and includes illustrations drawn by Rowling herself. If you aren't one of Rowling's six lucky friends who were given the book and and you happen to have a lot of extra cash, mark your calendar for the auction at Sotheby's on December 13. Proceeds from the sale will go to The Children's Voice, a charity that helps vulnerable children across Europe.

It's not all bad news for Rowling fans. She says she has begun work on yet another project, "a half-finished book for children that I think will probably be the next thing I publish."

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