Fenris Oswin
Samantha Highfill
July 25, 2014 AT 04:35 PM EDT

As fans of J.K. Rowling know, the author doesn’t make many public appearances—which is why Rowling shocked fans last week when she showed up to the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing festival in England. Only she wasn’t there as J.K. Rowling: She was there as Robert Galbraith.

According to The Guardian, Rowling appeared—in a suit and tie—to talk about the books of her male pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, author of The Silkworm and The Cuckoo’s Calling. Attendees listened as Rowling discussed how Galbraith does his own research, with occasional help from Rowling’s husband, who contributed one plot point to the novels. But most importantly, Rowling/Galbraith announced plans for the Cormoran Strike books to eventually outnumber Rowling’s seven Harry Potter books. See the photo here:

Outstanding event last night @TheakstonsCrime with @RGalbraith @jk_rowling & @valmcdermid #topteam #TOPCRIME2014 pic.twitter.com/BLYbcwnkEM

— Fiona Movley (@movley) July 19, 2014

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