The story of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows Harry Potter, now a Ministry of Magic employee, and his younger son Albus Severus Potter.
She caused a scandal when she killed him off at the end of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but Albus Dumbledore is still the character J.K. Rowling would most like to have dinner with. "We would have a lot to discuss," she says, "and I would love his advice; I think that everyone would like a Dumbledore in their lives."
The Casual Vacancy (2012) is set in a suburban West Country town called Pagford and begins with the death of beloved Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother. Subsequently, a seat on the council is vacant and a conflict ensues before the election for his successor takes place.
Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she came up with the idea for the Harry Potter series during a train ride from Manchester to London. The seven-year period that followed saw the death of her mother, birth of her first child, divorce from her first husband and relative poverty until 1997 when she finished the first novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.