J.K. Rowling Teases Fans With Riddles That Hint at Possible Harry Potter Book

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J.K. Rowling teased her upcoming project, causing Harry Potter fans to think another novel was in the works.  David M. Benett/Getty Images

Nobody knows how to get millions of fans’ wands in a knot like J.K. Rowling. The mischievous British superstar author of the beloved Harry Potter series took to Twitter on Monday, Oct. 6 to excite her fans with clues on her upcoming projects. 

After a noted absence from social media, she tweeted, “Very busy at the moment working on a novel, tweaking a screenplay and being involved in @lumos campaigns. Back when I've finished something!”

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Rowling was tapped to pen the screenplay for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a story based off the fictional textbook she wrote as a part of the Potter world. The film’s first installment is set to hit theaters on Nov. 18, 2016. 

Rowling, who has written three novels since the Potter series wrapped in 2009, has plans to write up to eight Cormoran Strike detective novels under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith. In July she announced that she was halfway through the third (after 2013’s Cuckoo’s Calling and 2014’s The Silkworm) and had already begun planning the story for the fourth. 

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But while tweeting about the projects she’s currently working on, Rowling hinted more at a Potter connection. When a fan tweeted about analyzing her every clue, she wrote, “See, now I’m tempted to post a riddle or an anagram. Must resist temptation… must work…”

Ultimately she gave in, writing, “Cry, foe!  Run amok!  Fa awry!  My wand won’t tolerate this nonsense.” That’s right, wand! Next adding, “Something to ponder while I’m away X.” 

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The crafty writer couldn’t resist helping fans with several hints. Next she tweeted, “‘Newt Scamander's History of New York Fauna: One town, my tale’  Warmer,” and when a fan asked if it was the start of her film, she wrote, “Much warmer.” 

Wrapping up the tweets, she gave one last clue, writing, “#helpfulhint The solution is the first sentence of a synopsis of Newt's story. It isn't part of the script, but sets the scene.”

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While Rowling’s riddle appeared to be at first glance about a potential new Harry Potter novel, the best-selling Brit’s social media scavenger hunt seems more focused on her upcoming Potter-based film. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be a trilogy of Warner Brothers films that will follow magizoologist Newt Scamanader. Newt’s story will begin 70 years before Harry’s so there won’t be any character crossover, but the two leading men belong to the same wizarding world. 

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