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Rowling Denies Writer's Block

In a letter published today in The Scotsman newspaper, J.K. Rowling denied having writer's block.

"There is no writer's block - on the contrary, I am writing away very happily,'' wrote Rowling.

Rowling sent the letter in response to accusations in Wednesday's edition of The Scotsman that book five five of the Harry Potter series was delayed because the 35-year-old author was suffering from writer's block.

"As I, my publishers and my agent have stated since the publication of Goblet Of Fire in July 2000, there was never any intention of publishing the fifth Harry Potter book in 2001, nor has any deadline ever been set for the delivery of the manuscript,'' Rowling wrote.

Some of the confusion is due, no doubt, to the fact that many booksellers, including Amazon.com, previously stated that the fifth Potter book would be released in November 2001 to coincide with the Nov. 16 release of the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, based on Rowling's first volume. Amazon.com then adjusted the date on its site to be February 2002 and now says that "We have no news on when the fifth Harry Potter book will be released from the publisher."

In the past year, Rowling wrote and released two companion volumes for charity: Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.