I'm betting now that this gets a critical mauling, whether it deserves it or not. The UK literary reviewing circle is as cliquey and bitchy as it gets. The knives will be out now, because they've been waiting for years to stick them in JK - the Potter books having been critic-proof. Merit will have nothing to do with it - so many of the critics will want to be able to say "Oh, she can write kids' books, but she can't write real
She could write something with the wit of Catch-22, the scope of Atonement, the realism and grime of Trainspotting and the dynamism of James Ellroy and they'll still slate it.