Sorry, Potterheads. Harry isn’t getting another novel, despite enigmatic tweets from author J.K. Rowling that led some to believe book No. 8 was in the works.
Rowling enchanted her online fans Wednesday with a series of riddles and hints about her current projects. She posted an anagram, “Cry, foe! Run amok! Fa awry! My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.”
Magic-loving Muggles on Reddit tried to decipher the cryptic clue and came up with, “Harry returns! Won’t say any details now. A week off. No comment.”
Sadly for Potter fans, Rowling debunked the theory, calling another book about the Boy Who Lived “wishful thinking.”
Instead, fans eventually figured out, the anagram’s solution was, “Newt Scamander only meant to stay in New York for a few hours…” — the first line of a synopsis for the upcoming “Harry Potter” spinoff film, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
Set 70 years before the events of the “Harry Potter” tales, “Fantastic Beasts” is the first movie in a planned trilogy about the adventures of Hufflepuff hero Newt Scamander. The character — a magizoologist (one who studies magical creatures, of course) — first appeared as the fictional author of a 42-page textbook of sorts from which the new trilogy takes its name. The book was originally published in 2001.
The film saga, which will begin in New York and will offer fans an “extension” of the wizarding world, will be penned by Rowling herself.
“The idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of ‘Fantastic Beasts,’ realized by another writer was difficult,” Rowling said in the statement when the project was first announced. “Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.”
Check out Rowling’s magical wordplay in the Tweets below.
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